The Wauwatosa Common Council has its first contested seat for the upcoming election as Greg Walz-Chojnacki has announced he will challenge incumbent District 3 Ald. Jacqueline Jay.
Jay said earlier this week that she did intend to run for re-election but had not yet filed her papers or nomination signatures. Walz-Chojnacki announced Friday his intention to file; he also had not yet turned in his paperwork but said he would do so well before the Jan. 3 deadline.
"I'm just interested in good governance," Walz-Chojnacki said of his decision to run. "And I think right now, good governance is going to be about good, sound economic development."
In a statement on his candidacy website, he wrote: "In these challenging times, Wauwatosa needs thoughtful, conscientious and creative city government.
"I am running for alderman in the third district because I want Wauwatosa to continue to be a great place to live, and I want to be part of the process of adapting to the new circumstances our city is facing."
Walz-Chojnacki is a graduate of Marquette University High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is associate editor of Odyssey Magazine and web editor for UW-Milwaukee.
He has been a member of St. Jude the Apostle Parish since 1987, where he has served two terms on parish council and is a choir member and cantor.
Other candidates filing
Incumbent Ald. Jeff Roznowski of the 6th District also said that he has now filed his papers for re-election.
Jeff Kroll, a political newcomer, will run for alderman to represent District 1, according to a report in Wauwatosa NOW.
With that filing, the full slate of seats will have at least one candidate in the April 3 election. Ald. Linda Nikcevich of the 1st District is not running for re-elction.
There is still time for more filings before the Jan. 3 deadline, but there are now no longer any open seats.