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7th District aldermanic seat draws another candidate

Dec. 18, 2013

Another Common Council candidate has entered the ring, bringing the total number to five, and making the 7th District seat, now held by Donald Birschel, who is stepping down, competitive.

Mike Morgan claims 28 years of marketing, writing, editing and communications experience, including with Harley-Davidson from 2001 to this year, and other organizations. He is active in social media, contributing to a number of blogs, and was comunications manager from 1996 to 2001 for the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District, the public agency that led the effort to build Miller Park.

Morgan will face Jason Kofroth, who previously announced his candidacy for the 7th District seat in the April 1 election.

Morgan has lived in the district for 12 years, and is a member of St. Joseph's Parish.

Community activities

Morgan is a past member and board member of Milwaukee Forum, a leadership organization, and has been active in a number of sports-related organizations, including as a founder and board president of Tosa Trojans Youth Baseball Club, an organizing committee member of the Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Run since 2007, and a coach for youth Little League, basketball and football. He is a member at the West Suburban YMCA.

Morgan said he is committed to helping lead Wauwatosa to continued growth and success through balanced priorities of lowered taxes while pursuing infrastructure improvements and maintaining city services.

He is a graduate in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife, Janice, have three sons attending Wauwatosa West High School.

Other seats

In races for other seats, former Alderman Michael Walsh is running in the 4th District, a seat now held by Alderwoman Jill Organ, who has said she is not seeking re-election. He will be opposed by John Pokrandt.

Allison Byrne, an intern in Mayor Kathy Ehley's office, is so far the lone candidate for the 6th District seat held by Brian Ewerdt, who has said he is not running again.

Papers due Jan. 7

Common Council candidates' statements of candidacy and signatures are due Jan. 7. A candidate is required to collect at least 20 signatures and no more than 40 signatures of qualified electors within the district they hope to represent.

Incumbents who decide not to seek re-election are required to file a statement of non-candidacy by 5 p.m. Dec. 27.

Forms and instructions for candidates can be accessed through a link on the city's website, Wauwatosa.net.

The election is April 1.

In addition to the aldermanic races, Municipal Judge Richard Baker has filed to run for re-election, City Clerk Carla Ledesma said. The judge's term is four years. Baker is so far unopposed.

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