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West Bend Alderman Abruptly Resigns

Curious.

Jan. 31, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Just hours after a story ran on WashingtonCountyInsider.com about the community expressing concern regarding the whereabouts of Dist. 2 alderman Steve Hutchins came word that Hutchins walked into City Hall and resigned.

According to city clerk Stephanie Justmann, Hutchins actually resigned Tuesday afternoon just before City Hall closed at 4:30 p.m.

“He said he was choosing to end his term now,” said Justmann. “He said next April (2019) it would be 10 years and he thought that was enough.”

Hutchins was first elected in April 2009. He’s been reelected to a two-year term the past four election cycles.

His seat is up for election in April 2019.

Hutchins has been a good Alderman and representative for his constituents. He’ll be missed.

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.