We know I prefer Steve Ponto for the Brookfield mayoral race. As I’ve mentioned, Steve won’t be a huge difference, but the difference will be enough to be noticeable. Unlike Jeff Speaker, Ponto is capable of leading on his own. It will matter as Brookfield looks to the future and negotiates for things like regional cooperation and surviving state mandates.
I can’t frame this argument more bluntly: if you prefer mediocrity, then put Jeff Speaker back into office tomorrow.
Really, that’s probably the only read I’ll get from tomorrow’s results. Is Brookfield looking forward or is this community content with a slumlord who can’t string three sentences together on his own?
(Here’s a group of Fairly Conservative links with Speaker’s foibles.)
In the second district it’s no surprise I’m voting for Terry Halmstad.
While our favorite blowhard alderman proclaimed Halmstad a “perennial candidate,” in truth (often a small problem for that alderman) this is Halmstad’s second run and the first time he’s run against Bob Reddin.
Don’t get me wrong. Bob Reddin is a nice guy and probably would have been a good full-time mayoral candidate, but he’s proving to be way too wrapped up in other things and that leaves his priority to manage his part-time job as alderman way at the bottom of the list. Remember this? Shouldn’t have happened.
One other little thing that bothered me about Reddin’s re-election campaign: Two color signs and four-color handouts on card stock. It’s kind of inside baseball, but the dude dropped some big bucks to make himself look good. Is that how he defines “fiscal conservative?”
Halmstad, on the other hand, knows a thing or two about appropriate spending. He had four kids in college overlapping in the last few years. It keeps a family frugal, that’s for darn sure.
In honesty, I knew Terry’s wife over the years better than he. Terry and I started sharing notes during the first high school building spree the Elmbrook school district was proposing. I was amazed at how well this man could not only manage the numbers, but see the patterns AND THE HIDING PLACES. I came to rely on his work for a lot of that discussion and he didn’t let me down.
Halmstad is retired and very, very connected to the 2nd district. While Reddin still drives to a church in the center of town, Halmstad is firmly grounded in the crowd at St. Dominics and interacts with residents weekly. While Reddin installed a second phone line for district residents to contact him (there’s that spending thing again!), Halmstad will be answering his home phone.
It will be hard for Halmstad to displace an incumbent, but I know he’s been diligent about walking the neighborhoods. I sure hope it pays off for him tomorrow.
For judges I’m picking Reilly and Gundrum. Reilly is the friend of a friend. Gundrum is the conservative choice.
School board: Kathryn Wilson. She’s the only candidate that will even look at keeping 4K down. The other candidates are very pro-4K.
And…I’ll only vote once even though I can use two votes here. Choosing another candidate will dilute the strength of my vote for Wilson. I almost always use a one-vote strategy for something like this.
(Dear Beth. You’ve been a great friend, but I don’t want to pay for 4K.)
Also, I’ll support Glen Allgaier in his effort. That’s a separate race.
This still works to find your sample ballot.
I know someone will ask, so here are my thoughts on the other aldermanic districts. There aren’t any surprises:
1) Bill Carnell
I like Bill a lot. He’s quiet, but thoughtful. If he finds something important, he’ll let you know.
4) Mark Nelson
Nice guy. Plays the middle of the road a little too much for my liking, but rarely puts his foot in his mouth.
5) Sheila Buechel
The 5th district deserves someone who will represent, not bloviate. Her opponent has a real problem in that he likes to hear himself talk more than he likes to be relevant.
6) Jerry Mellone
Because he’s one of the best guys ever – that’s why. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an alderman work as hard for his district as Mellone. That district has had some nasty issues, and it’s not going to get any easier any time soon.
That’s it. Let me have it if you think I deserve to be opposed in my opinion. Please don’t get personal. I’m very well aware of what a few of you think of me. Instead I’d prefer to hear what you think of the candidates.