Shambeau not seeking re-election
Dave Shambeau has decided to not seek another term on the Waupaca Common Council.
Shambeau, who represents the 1st Aldermanic District and is up for re-election next spring, is filing a notification of non-candidacy.
“My first child is graduating from high school. With my family and business, I got to thinking about wanting to have more time with my son before he goes away (to college),” Shambeau said.
He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children – Tom, Mike and Sarah.
Shambeau was appointed to his council seat on June 19, 2007, following the resignation of Mike Halpin, and has served on the council since then.
He enjoyed being an alderman and said with the city’s debt soon dropping off, he believes he will leave the city in better shape than it was when he started on the council.
“I’m pretty conservative with spending,” he said.
Shambeau believes he was able to help rein in the city’s spending during his tenure on the council.
He is ruling out ever serving as an alderman again but said for now, he will take a break.
In addition to Shambeau, four other members of the Common Council are up for re-election in the Tuesday, April 1 election, as well as Mayor Brian Smith.
Smith was first elected mayor in April 2002 and has been re-elected every two years since then. Before being elected mayor, he served on the council, beginning in December 1996 up until first being elected mayor.
The other council members up for re-election are Eric Olson in the 2nd Aldermanic District, Paul Mayou in the 3rd Aldermanic District, Deb Fenske in the 4th Aldermanic District and Alan Kjelland in the 5th Aldermanic District.
Olson was appointed to the council on Nov. 20, 2007, following the resignation of Rich Lowe, and has served since then.
Mayou was first elected to the council on April 2, 2002 and has been re-elected every two years since that time. He is the current council president.
Fenske served a term on the council in the late 1980s. On April 4, 2006, she was again elected to a seat on the council and has been re-elected for the position since then.
Kjelland was appointed to his seat on the council on Jan. 15, 2013 to replace Jim Boyer, who passed away last December.
Those interested in running for a position on the council may contact Deputy City Clerk Sandy Stiebs at City Hall to receive nomination papers.
Sunday, Dec. 1 is the first day potential candidates may begin circulating nomination papers.
Nomination papers must then be filed at City Hall by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, in order for a person to be a candidate on the April ballot.
Those wanting to run for a council seat need to obtain between 20 and 40 signatures from residents in the district they want to represent, Stiebs said.
A map, which shows the aldermanic districts in the city, may be viewed at City Hall.
Mayoral candidates need to obtain between 50 and 100 signatures of city residents.
She said incumbents who do not plan to run have to file a notification of non-candidacy by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27.
A map, showing the aldermanic districts in the city, may be viewed at City Hall, which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.