Kinne Opts Not To Seek Re-election, Share To Run For Seat

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Matt Geiger
Miriam Share stumping in 2010.

A new person will join the Middleton Common Council this year.

The filing deadline revealed that District 1 alderman Paul Kinne will not seek a third two-year term. Miriam Share, 7781 Elmwood Ave., filed to run for Kinne’s seat.

Assuming no successful write-in candidate emerges, Share will sit across the table from District 4 alderman Jim Wexler, the man against whom she launched an unsuccessful campaign in 2010.

Incumbents JoAnna Richard (District 3, 1720 Mayflower Dr.), Howard Teal (District 5, 7134 Companion Ln.), and Hans Hilbert (District 7, 3209 Cedar Trail) will all be unopposed on the ballot.

Kinne, an attorney, has garnered a reputation for avoiding grandstanding – opting to speak sparingly but thoughtfully during meetings. He frequently called upon his legal knowledge when the council deliberated on issues of a litigious nature. When the council voted on particularly important or controversial issues, Kinne tended to read from prepared statements, deliberately laying out the rationale behind decision to vote yay or nay.

“It has been a tremendous honor to represent District 1 on the Common Council these past four years,” Kinne wrote in letter to editor which appears in its entirely on this edition’s opinion page. “This city has so much to be proud of.  During my time, we weathered the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  When other cities were declaring bankruptcy, Middleton kept one of the highest bond ratings possible.  While every city department cut spending, our library, trails and Senior Center won accolades from outside groups.  And even though we raised taxes, Middleton still enjoys one of the lowest mill rates around for a city of its size.”

Kinne acknowledged that politicians saying they are stepping down to spend more time with family is a cliché, but he added that it this case the chestnut rings true.

“If I ran again, and won, I would have three kids in school, with two of them in middle school, before my term ended,” he wrote. “I just did not have the time for everything.  But I wish to thank the citizens of my district, the city employees with whom I worked, and my fellow elected officials for a very rewarding four years.  I leave knowing the city is in good hands.”

Share said she decided to run after learning of Kinne’s decision to file non-candidacy papers.

“I met with Paul first,” she said. “When I heard he wasn’t running I contacted him. We talked, and he explained that he has young kids and wants to spend time with them. For me it’s different. I have two dogs; I have time to do this.”

“This is a natural extension of my involvement in the community,” Share continued. “I’ve been on the [city’s] sustainability committee for some time, and I’m also on the arts committee, so like I said, this seemed like a natural extension of that desire to serve.”

“Paul Kinne has some big shoes to fill,” she concluded. “He has represented his constituents, and right now I’m in the process of meeting those constituents and asking them about the issues that are important to them.”


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