Teall to join council after write-in victory
After retiring from his city job on Jan. 2, Darrell Teall will once again serve the city of Clintonville — this time as an alderman.
Teall was elected to represent District 2 as a write-in candidate. He received 15 of the district’s 19 write-in votes. There was no candidate on the ballot for this district. Current Alderman Phil Rath did not seek reelection.
“I was pretty surprised that there were that many people who thought I would do a good job at it,” Teall said after the election.
Teall said prior to the election he had contemplated organizing a write-in campaign, but at the last moment decided not to. That didn’t stop residents from voting for him.
Teall confirmed with the Clintonville Tribune-Gazette that he will accept the seat on the city council.
“There’s just so much uneasiness in the council lately that I’d like to get a positive reason for running and hopefully we can get things back on track,” Teall said.
Teall had worked for the city of Clintonivlle for 35 years before he retired from his position of wastewater operator/plant foreman.
“It was time. I figured I’d put my time in. I enjoyed it, and I wanted to leave on a good note,” Teall said about his retirement.
He said he has a lot of good memories while working for the city.
“In any job there’s good times and bad times,” he said. “In the beginning I was green. I came in and then I got all my wastewater degrees and everything. I always told everybody that this was a good position to retire in.”
Now Teall hopes to create good memories as a Clintonville alderman.
“Hopefully with level heads on the council we’ll make some better decisions because I know in the past a lot of the decisions cost the city a lot of money,” Teall said. “I’m hoping that we can make decisions that benefit the city.”
He added, “I’d like to be a positive voice on the council. I’ve been to enough meetings and I just want to get the city going in the way it should to run smoothly.”
Julie Stumbris defeated Robert Gay 85-72 in District 1. This is the seat that was vacated by Bill Zeinert who did not seek reelection.
In District 3 Steve Kettenhoven defeated incumbent Amy Steenbock 48-42. Kettenhoven has served on the council in the past.
Lois Bressette was reelected in District 4. She ran unopposed and received 86 votes.
Brad Rokus defeated Maggie Hintz-Polzin 94-59 in District 5. This is the seat that was vacated by Mark Doornink who did not seek reelection.