A familiar face in Milton politics is trying to win back her city council seat one year after voters ousted her.
Nancy Lader is running again for council after her seven-year term came to a controversial end last spring. Lader, two newcomers and two incumbents are seeking three open spots on the council.
Incumbents Lynda Clark and Ryan Holbrook are running again. Dave Adams, who has served on the council since 2008, filed a notification of noncandidacy.
Jerry Elsen and Jessica Laehn, daughter of current council member Larry Laehn, are also on the April 3 ballot.
A win for Lader could rekindle tension in the council chambers after an internal ethics saga that lasted nearly seven months.
The council filed an ethics complaint against Lader in July 2016 after she revealed closed-session information in the Edgerton Reporter. The issue came to a stalemate as the two sides tried unsuccessfully to reach a compromise.
In November 2016, Lader sued the council and Mayor Anissa Welch for an alleged open-meetings violation.
Lader dropped her lawsuit and the council dropped its ethics complaint in January 2017 after both parties finally reached a resolution.
Lader received the fewest votes among four candidates in last year’s spring election, ending her council tenure. Now she’s pursuing her seat again.
The Gazette was unable to reach Lader for comment.
Clark has served a total of 12 years on the council in nonconsecutive terms. She said she is running again because she enjoys being involved in Milton.
“I just love what I do. I think this is the greatest place to be,” she said. “I have always felt that way, and I feel like I’m making a difference in the community.”
Clark has plenty of priorities if re-elected to the council. They include avoiding new loans, offering more high-quality rental properties and investing in quality-of-life amenities.
Chief among Clark’s quality-of-life priorities are The Gathering Place and Milton House because those two facilities have given plenty back to the city. Milton House, a former stop on the Underground Railroad, is a major tourist draw for the city, and The Gathering Place is a vital resource for seniors, she said.
Her other ideas include making the city more pedestrian friendly through more bike paths. She also wants to add “aesthetically pleasing” entrances at Milton’s borders.
Jessica Laehn interned last summer at Milton City Hall and enjoyed the experience. She’s 22, so she believes she would bring a valuable younger voice to the council.
The Gazette was unable to reach Holbrook or Elsen for comment.