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Three Oak Creek Aldermen Will Seek Re-Election

Aldermen Dan Jakubczyk, Jim Ruetz and Ken Gehl want another two years on the Oak Creek Common Council.

All three Oak Creek Common Council members whose terms expire in April will seek re-election.

Aldermen Dan Jakubczyk, Jim Ruetz and Ken Gehl told Patch they want another two years on the council and will be on the April 2 ballot.

Jakubczyk, a retired General Electric Medical Systems worker, has represented the city's 1st District since 2009. He said he wants another term to see through the city's construction of the library and city hall on the Drexel Town Square redevelopment site, on the corner of Drexel and Howell avenues.

Jakubczyk got 56 percent of the vote against challenger Kathryn Michuda in 2011.

Ruetz was appointed to the 3rd District seat in May after former alderman Steve Scaffidi was elected mayor. 

Ruetz, president and general manager of Franksville-based All Fasteners, served on the city's Community Development Authority for nine years prior to his council appointment.

"While the time commitment required for my business and public office are a stretch at times, there are so many key development projects going on right now," Ruetz said. "I feel I can help the city more serving on the council and the CDA."

Gehl is a vice president and supervisory analyst for Robert W. Baird. He ran unopposed in 2011 after emerging from a field of four candidates to win the seat in 2009.

"I look forward to serving the residents of the fifth for hopefully another two years," Gehl said. "It has been a remarkable cycle and I look forward to helping push these important issues forward."

Candidates could begin circulating nomination papers Dec. 1 and must file the necessary paperwork by 5 p.m. Jan. 2. Aldermen are elected to two-year terms at an annual salary of $7,200; the council president makes $8,400.

Patriot December 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Oh trust me do I remember!!! Do I remember the late night behind closed door shove it down our throats vote!! I would still like to believe elections still have consequences!! Except for the Presidential Election
vocal local 1 December 05, 2012 at 10:10 PM
what are you talking about Patriot, except for the presidential? where I saw more dead beats crawl to the election polls to vote for president then do for local affairs. Obviously we can't control city elections why would one even bother to come out every four? The city workers, families and friends, the lions and the legion crowd will continue to vote in those that butter their bread with high salaries and expensive benefits. VOTE EVERY ONE OF THEM OUT. Ruetz is not what we need. He's all for spending and debt. The first ward is real trouble and can't find anyone interested or possibly qualified to run. Dimity has threatened to run against Gehl in the fifth on the basis of his voting record. Remember, these guys are responsible for the wasteful spending of the seven mil we get a year out of we energies. Remember they didn't give us any tax break and decided to put the city into millions of dollars of debt on unsafe funding and hire a branding and marketing firm to market Milwaukee's bathroom burb in a depression. They're the ones willing to accept industrial wasteland for future development at the expense of the WI taxpayer and let big money families off the hook. They are the ones responsible for your property tax increase this year and next and the following to pay for their decisions most often over objection of the voice of the people that attend and pay attention. Oak Creek is on it's way to BANKRUPTCY just a matter of time.
vocal local 1 December 05, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Oh, and now, Mark Wyss, the financial director has been replaced by some sounds to me like temp help from Brookfield at fifty dollars an hour thirty hours per week. Lots of transparency in OC local government don't ya think? This came as a complete surprise. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? ANY ONE KNOW?
Abc December 25, 2012 at 07:03 PM
How do people in the 3rd district feel about Ruetz?
vocal local 1 December 25, 2012 at 07:40 PM
3rd district? They probably don't know how to use computers and don't read the patch. You better call a few. How much ya wanna bet they never heard of him.

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