Newcomer wins Whitewater City Council seat by wide margin

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Neil Johnson
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WHITEWATER—Chris Grady didn't get the appointment he'd applied for last year when the District 3 city council seat was open, but the newcomer won the seat handily in Tuesday's election.

Grady garnered two-thirds of the votes in a race against another newcomer, Kenneth Kienbaum.

Grady now will take a seat on the council that was held in recent weeks by appointee Brienne Diebolt. Diebolt was appointed in January after council member Jim Winship, a UW-Whitewater professor, resigned in December to take a Fulbright Scholar teaching and research award at a university in Colombia.

Diebolt finished Winship's term but did not seek election to the post.

Grady, 58, and Kienbaum, 68, had applied to fill Winship's seat in January but did not win the appointment.

“I'm definitely honored that people would choose me to continue on with the city council,” Grady said Tuesday night.

Grady, a former member of the city's zoning rewrite committee, said he believes the city needs to immediately focus on the location of UW-Whitewater campus housing.

“It's time to be taking a bigger look at that. … On the zoning committee, we tried to encourage our local landlords to keep the housing closer to the university. It got to the point where it was going way out in the city, too far even for students to walk” to campus, Grady said.

Grady said one plan, an upgrade to the sewer plant, is probably the biggest upcoming fiscal and infrastructure issue the city will face.

In an interview earlier this month, Grady said such upgrades have to be approached “wisely,” with spending based more on regulatory requirements than “nice-to-haves.”

Last updated: 11:56 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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