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Council candidate declared bankruptcy, faces foreclosures

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
March 24, 2010
— City council candidate K. Andreah Briarmoon has lost one of her Janesville properties, has three more in foreclosure and filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

Briarmoon blamed her money woes on a fight she waged against a city condemnation order of a carriage barn on rental property she owned at 1402 W. Court St.


The city tore down her carriage barn in 2006 after almost four years of wrangling.


Briarmoon is running for city council in April. She has run unsuccessfully for the last five years.


Briarmoon said she borrowed against her properties. She claimed she couldn’t refinance the Court Street property after the condemnation order was placed on the carriage barn, and the interest rates got too high to pay.


Briarmoon said the battle cost $240,000 in lost income and expenses.


Briarmoon had an attorney at one point in her fight, and she said she paid him $5,000. She acted as her own attorney in court.


Briarmoon was arrested on charges of obstructing an officer and resisting arrest they day the carriage barn was demolished.


The property at 1402 S. Court St. went into foreclosure in September 2008 and was sold at sheriff’s sale in October 2009. She was mailed a ticket for obstructing an officer after she tried to disrupt the sheriff’s sale.


Briarmoon is living in her home at 339 S. Locust St., which went into foreclosure in May 2008. She said she has been working on modifications to the loan for more than a year.


She is doing the same with property she owns at 721 Johnson St., which she used to rent, and vacant property she owns at 332 S. Academy. The property at 721 Johnson St. went into foreclosure in June 2008, and 332 S. Academy went into foreclosure in November 2009.


Briarmoon filed for bankruptcy in U.S. District Court in April 2009.


When asked why residents should vote for her to manage the city budget when she apparently cannot manage her own, Briarmoon answered: “I chose to fight the city, and I knew it was going to cost me, and it did. I knew I was going to lose my properties. But our Constitution is worth it.


“Instead of leaving town and abandoning my neighbors and turning my back on unethical procedure, I stayed. I paid the price.”


Briarmoon has been compaigning on a platform urging the city to buy properties at sheriff’s sales and sell them back to the former property owners on land contracts at much lower interest rates.



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