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Newest Alderman Is Decorated Army Veteran

Adam Jankowski was appointed to the Waukesha Common Council Tuesday night to replace Brian White, who died while in office.

Adam Jankowski’s childhood in Manitowoc made an impression as he listened to people complain about city government. He’s now living in Waukesha with his wife and children and he wanted to become a member of the Common Council for his kids.

Essentially, instead of complaining about problems, he wants to contribute toward the solution, Jankowski told members of the Common Council Tuesday night.

The council appointed Jankowski, a decorated Army veteran who served in Iraq, to fill the District 6 seat after the untimely death of former Alderman Brian White.

White, who was elected to the seat in April 2011, passed away in May

“It is mind blowing. … I guess I just won them over,” Jankowski said after the meeting.  

Jankowski will serve on the council until April and will have to run for re-election in April for a one-year term. The term is up for regular election in April 2014.

Jankowski was one of two candidates seeking the seat Tuesday night. an IT professional who is politically active, was also interviewed by the council for the position. Krumins is also seeking election as a Democrat against State Rep. Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha.

A third candidate, Katherine Ebel, had applied but withdrew herself from consideration before Tuesday night’s meeting.

An unscientific Patch poll showed that 53 percent of the people taking the poll, as of Tuesday night, desired the council to appoint Jankowski to the position.

St. Swithin July 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
A few complaints about the article, not about Mr. Jankowski. The term "decorated" is too vague. If you have been in the military you know that you can get "decorated" for some pretty mundane activities. Was Mr. Jankowski decorated for any exceptional behavior? Also, if you are writing about someone making it to the city council, please give some details about their plans and visions for the city. "he wants to contribute toward the solution" tells me nothing. I thank Mr. Jankowski for stepping forward and I wish him the best of luck.

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