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Edgerton mayor ready to work on marketing project

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Stacy Vogel
April 1, 2008
— Erik Thompson is ready to work out of the gate on Edgerton’s next project following his reelection as mayor Tuesday.

In fact, the wheels already are turning on the project—a joint marketing effort between the city and the Edgerton Area Chamber of Commerce. City administrator Ramona Flanigan met with chamber members and a Rock County official Tuesday to discuss the idea.


Although Thompson wasn’t able to attend the meeting, he’s excited about the project’s potential, he said.


“That’s kind of where my focus is going to be the next two months,” he said.


Thompson said Tuesday’s results are a validation of the job he has done as mayor for the past two years, though he noted the results were close.


“(Voters) saw enough change in the town in the first two years to see what I’ll do in the next two years,” he said.


Thompson beat challenger Matt McIntyre by a mere 48 votes, compared to 2006, when Thompson won by more than 200 votes.


Back then, Thompson was the challenger facing McIntyre’s 10 years of mayoral experience.


Today, Thompson feels like he’s learned a thing or two as mayor, he said.


“The biggest thing I learned is about listening,” he said. “It’s so easy just to listen to what somebody’s saying and not actually take into consideration what they’re actually trying to tell you.”


Thompson will be listening to the residents in the next two years as the city considers options for its aging city hall. He recently appointed an ad-hoc committee to look at the needs of the facility.


He believes McIntyre is energized as well as a sitting alderman, and he looks forward to working with his former opponent in the time ahead, he said.


“It’s like starting over Monday morning,” Thompson said. “It’s just time to go.”



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