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Letter to the Editor: Trustees Let My People Vote in the Falls

I call upon the Trustees of Menomonee Falls to change our elections back to the way they always should be. Please do this now.

This is a letter submitted to Menomonee Falls Patch by Ted Klumb:

It is high time we change how we elect village trustees by changing the election
process back to the way it was before the hyper political era.

It used to be that a citizen could file his papers, collect the needed signatures and run a campaign based on issues. If they garnered the top two or three votes, for the available positions, they won the election and started to
serve the citizens. That was a simple and good idea.

A while back a few hyper politicos decided to force people to run against a specific candidate. It may have sounded good at the time, but time has
demonstrated it is a bad idea and should be changed back.

Let’s have the top vote getters win the election and serve the people. Let’s
eliminate unnecessary and costly primaries. Let’s eliminate unnecessarily
contentious primaries where the opponent tries to smear the other citizen trying
to serve their community. Let’s get more candidates to run and have a chance to succeed.

I call upon the Trustees of Menomonee Falls to change our elections back to the
way they always should be. Please do this now.

Do I hear a second? Please call your trustees and express your opinion. I called
Dennis Farrell and he plans to bring it up to all the Trustees.

Trustees, please do not make it necessary for the citizens to organize, get
petitions signed, and get this right. Do the right thing on your own.

Mark Erd June 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I second the motion...all in favor
Craig June 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Ted I agree with you 100%. The current seat system we have makes a potential candidate appear to be declaring war on the seat he/she is running for. It makes things become personal as opposed to wanting to serve the community. The current system is good for an incumbant. Any challenger has to declare why they would be better suited for the seat, making it a negative campaign from the start. The Board should also place spending limits on candidates. The notion of spending $10,000 for campaign literature is crazy.
Deborah Hansen June 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I'm in favor, too.
Todd Marohl June 19, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Good call Ted!
Pj June 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I'm in favor!!!!!!!!!!!
Barb V June 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Me Too!
Carl Engelking June 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I think I'll pursue this story a little deeper and see what other people in the Falls think, and get the Village Trustees to weigh in on this.
Barb V June 20, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Thanks Carl! Hopefully the idea will grow legs and become the law of the land. The 2 party election process is not working anymore and I totally agree with Craig. I've already seen this idea mentioned on CNN- Isn't Jessie Ventura (sp?) working on this?
Mike Knight June 20, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Eliminate political parties from government. Elect the individual, and not the corrupt establishment parties that have destroyed this once great nation!
KerryK June 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Aye!
Jann June 20, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I'm not against either way. I do think we would be in this mess with either method. (See Radisson Hotel and many TIFs. The current people on the board have been there MANY years probably getting elected with both systems. People need to quit voting for the same names they always see and actually find out what is going on. Also quit voting for your friends just because they are your friends or you have known the family for years. I voted against a friend in a recent election because he did not do what he said he would in his first term. Without a recall of all there will not be change for years with either system. Because the terms expire at different times, you may get one or two good people in who will be out voted by the same old same olds.
voiceofreason June 27, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Are you all out of your minds? This is exactly what MF DOES NOT need right now! If there was ever a time that we NEED to have the ability to vote for or against a current member of the Menomonee Falls Village Board and School Board, it is RIGHT NOW! Example number 1 -Radison Hotel Mess. Every trustee that voted for it, should be voted out. Example number 2- The School Board to who voted to approve a 2 year contract not using the tools of Act 10 last year. Those members need to be voted out. This last springs election clearly showed the desire of the residents to elect people that oppossed that decision. We the voters need to be able to hold these people accountable for the disasterous votes/decisions they make. We need both the village board and the school board seats to be individual, so that those who are dead weight and make decisions that are bad for the community can be held accountable. This is a terrible idea by Ted Klumb.
W . Benz July 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM
All Trustees @ large and NO districts . G.T. has districts and most Towns have supervisors elected by districts. The change should be 3 trustees and Village President elected @ the same time . Thanks Voiceofreason for your input .

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