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Birschel says he will not run for re-election

Dec. 4, 2013

Alderman Donald Birschel, the longest-serving member of the current Wauwatosa Common Council, said this week that he will not seek re-election in April.

Birschel serves the 7th District, generally west of Mayfair Road. He was elected in 2004 to fill an unexpired term, and won re-election in 2004 and 2010.

Birschel is the third member of the council to decline a re-election bid. Jill Organ, of the 4th District, and Brian Ewerdt of the 6th, announced previously that they would not be candidates.

Allison Byrne, an intern in the mayor's office and a graduate student in educational policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has declared that she will run for Ewerdt's seat.

Candidates for Common Council were allowed to begin circulating papers Dec. 1, and statements of candidacy and signatures are due Jan. 7. A candidate needs 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 web site,

The election is April 1.

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