The candidates for the Common Council are set. They are:
- In District 2, incumbent Alderman Connie Pukaite will not be seeking reelection. Glenn Bushee will be running unopposed.
- In District 3, incumbent Alderman Dale Mayr will be running unopposed.
- In District 5, incumbent Alderman Mark Gierl will be running for reelection. Abby Thompson will be challenging.
So, we will have at least one new alderman, and possibly two. I do not know Mr. Bushee or Ms. Thompson but, if my on-line research is correct, both are IT professionals.
If I have the right Glenn Bushee, he lives at 3504 West Glenbrook Lane and is a Medical Infomatics Senior Analyst at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Mr. Busbee is a graduate of UWM and has Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Bushee’s profile can be seen at https://www.linkedin.com/in/glenn-bushee-970a137.
I look forward to working with Mr. Bushee. Although it would be better if there was some competition when a vacancy occurs on the Council, I thank Mr. Bushee for stepping forward to serve our community.
Dale Mayr, who was first elected in 1999, lives at 11310 North Vega Avenue and is the General Manager of Newman Chevrolet. Mr. Mayr is a veteran. He has served a couple of terms as the President of the Mequon Common Council. Mr. Mayr’s profile can be seen at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dale-mayr-072bb93b.
District 3 has had a number of contested elections over the years. Although it is always better to have seats contested, voters know Mr. Mayr, having elected him six times previously. I expect that he does not have an opponent because district residents are generally pleased with his representation.
Mark Gierl, who was first elected in 2014, lives at 14108 North Birchwood Lane and is a Financial Advisor at Gierl, Mancini & Becht Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Mr. Gierl has an MBA. Mr. Gierl’s profile can be seen at https://home.wellsfargoadvisors.com/mark.t.gierl.
If I have the right Abby Thompson, she lives at 2106 West Saddlebrook Lane and is an Account Executive at Gartner, a publicly traded global technology research company. Ms. Thompson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Thompson’s profile can be seen at https://www.linkedin.com/in/abby-thompson-bresser-1536051.
This is Mr. Gierl’s first time seeking reelection. It is common in Mequon for aldermen to face a challenger at the end of their first term. I hope that we see a spirited debate – democracy works better when there is – but I also hope we do not see a repeat of some of Mequon’s recent divisive campaigns.
If you know the new candidates, please let us know more about them.
Feel free to post comments about any of the candidates, but please keep the comments civil. I will delete any comments that lack civility.