Letter to the Editor: Four Council Members Endorse Donegan for Mayor

Candidate has experience and knowledge of key issues facing city, several committee chairmen say.


Once again, Wauwatosa is blessed with excellent candidates to serve as Mayor and we commend both Pete Donegan and Kathy Ehley for their service to Wauwatosa and for running positive campaigns.

As aldermen and committee chairmen, we are acutely aware of the financial challenges of the city’s near future and the difficult decisions we may face.

We also know that Pete Donegan already has an excellent grasp of the issues and city finances and both the Common Council and the administration need this knowledge and experience in the mayor’s office.

Pete led the development of consensus in council on the infrastructure and employee benefit issues. Pete has never shied away from tough decisions and has displayed commitment to what is best for our city even in the face of strong opposition.

We believe that these are important attributes for the next mayor.

We hope you will vote for Pete Donegan for mayor on April 3.


     Michael Walsh, Alderman, 5th District, Chair of Budget & Finance Committee

     Jill Organ, Alderwoman, 4th District, Chair of Community Development Committee

     Don Birschel, Alderman, 7th District, Chair of Legislation, Licensing & Communication                        

     Cheryl Berdan, Alderwoman, 7th District

Pat Ryan March 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I don't see a problem with the aldermen publicly supporting Pete Donegan for mayor. These are co-workers who know him and trust his judgment. This is useful information for the voters. We are all grown ups. Often, we have to work in situations where others may not endorse all that we do or represent or may prefer a different leader. If adult in our outlook, we get beyond that once a decision is made and work together for a greater good. I support Pete for mayor and believe he would work with Kathy Ehley if she is elected. I would hope Kathy would do the same if she is chosen by the voters. From the comments of her supporters, they seem to think this would be a very difficult hurdle. That would be a small hurdle compared to the others that face our city.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt March 22, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Some of you don't want an alder to make an endorsement. It's perfectly within their rights as a citizen to endorse anybody they please. And take their lumps if things go the other way. I suppose some of you think an alderman shouldn't exercise their right to sign a petition either? Someone named Don Birschel signed the Walker recall petition.
Alfred March 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Yeah right, but it is okay for 29 Wisconsin Judges and other liberal democrat elected clowns to sign a Walker recall.
Michael Anich March 22, 2012 at 02:38 PM
In response to Sparky: As a constituent of Pete Donegan for his tenure as Alderman in Wauwatosa’s 1st district, I feel compelled to offer a different view on his accessibility as our Alderman. Please let me be clear, he has been responsive, approachable and quick to respond when contacted. He is dedicated to solving problems and has made our district a better place to live --- our loss will be Wauwatosa’s gain when he becomes mayor.
alt ideas needed May 27, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Sparky, Try reading the article and learn how to spell alderman. An alder is a type of plant. I do not think any alder would be able to respond to you. Now, do you have any useful input?


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