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Alderman Ed Duquaine Calls it a Wrap

After 6 years, Ed Duquaine is stepping down from the West Bend City Council because he’s moving out of the city. He has been an incredibly positive force on the council during his tenure and will be missed.

Duquaine was first elected in 2010, replacing Richard Lindbeck. “I am proud to have been a part of so many great things that have been accomplished,” said Duquaine. “Without sugar coating, the city’s finances were a complete mess six years ago.

“We were allocating nearly $1 million a year of our day-to-day operational costs to our TIF districts (basically, financing and paying interest on daily operations over a 20-year period).

“Our operations (in some areas) were not nearly as efficient as they could have been. We had no succession planning, little to incentivize career advancement, and a culture that didn’t promote it.

“Our community development department had a reputation of being non-welcoming, tough to deal with and our process was viewed as cumbersome. That has all changed,” he said.

Duquaine said he would have liked to have stayed on for another term, maybe two. “I would have liked to be around to eliminate all capital borrowing,” he said. “And we’re getting close to the hump with our budgetary woes.”

Thanks for your service, Ed.

West Bend District 3 Alderman Changes

From the Washington County Insider, Alderman Ed Duquaine is not running for reelection.

“I will be filing non-candidacy papers and stepping down from my District 3 seat in April,” said Duquaine citing construction of a new home outside the district in the Town of West Bend.

“We likely won’t be moving out of the district until 2017. Although I would love to continue serving the citizens until the day I move, I am not willing to burden the taxpayers with the cost of a special election mid-term.”

Duquaine was first elected in 2010, replacing Richard Lindbeck.

Duquaine has been a tremendous conservative alderman. West Bend is far better off for his service. Thank you, Ed.

As a salve to this bitter news, someone has already pulled the papers to run for the seat. Again from the Washington County Insider:

Candidate files to run for Dist. 3 alderman: Checking in with city clerk Amy Reuteman, it looks like Mike Chevalier has pulled papers to run for District 3 alderman in the city of West Bend.

Incumbent alderman Ed Duquaine told the Washington County Insider he would be filing non-candidacy papers because he is building a house outside the district. Duquaine’s term will be up in April 2016.

Chevalier is president of MCR Services LLC in Richfield. He served on the city’s Value Task Force from July 2011 – April 2013, was a former president of Common Sense Citizens and is a member of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary.

Chevalier is a solid conservative and a worthy heir to Duquaine’s legacy. We don’t know if anyone else will run for the seat, but I’d wager that Chevalier will be difficult to beat.



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