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One-year aldermanic post opens in Brookfield's District 3

Winner of spring election will complete Jim Garvens' term

Nov. 27, 2012

People interested in running for the city of Brookfield's 3rd District aldermanic seat can begin circulating nomination papers Dec. 1.

Jeff McCarthy, vice president and account director at Meyer and Wallis, was chosen by the Common Council in March to fill the seat after the unexpected death of longtime Alderman Jim Garvens in February.

City aldermen normally serve for four years, but the elected candidate will serve only the final year of Garvens' term before the seat come up for election again. McCarthy was selected while the city planned the special election to find a new alderman.

"The election would be to fill out the remaining term of what is considered a vacant seat," City Clerk Kelly Michaels said. "After that term, the seat will go back to its normal four-year term."

Potential candidates should stop by City Hall to file their intent to run and pick up their nomination papers.

"People don't have to wait until Dec. 1 to file their intent to run, but that has to be done before they can circulate nomination papers," Michaels said.

Declaration of candidacy, nomination papers and campaign registration statements must be filed at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, by 4 p.m. Jan. 2.

Nomination papers require a minimum of 20 but no more than 40 signatures from District 3 residents only. Michaels advises those who plan to run not to wait until the last minute to start collecting signatures.

"I wouldn't recommend waiting too late," Michaels said. "We check the signatures, and if you have invalid signatures, they are struck."

As of Tuesday, McCarthy was the only person who had filed his intent-to-run and campaign registration statements.

"This has been a wonderful experience so far," McCarthy said. "I've learned about the way the city is run, long-term plans and visions for the city, and I hope the people I serve will allow me to continue to do so."

All necessary paperwork can be picked up at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

If more than two people run for the seat, a primary will be held Feb. 19. The general election will be held April 2.

City of Brookfield aldermen are paid an annual salary of about $10,000.

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