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Verhalen, Michalski join race to be mayor

Dec. 15, 2011

Two more candidates for Oak Creek mayor have emerged: Alderman Thomas Michalski and Oak Creek-Franklin School Board Member Mark Verhalen.

They join acting Mayor Stephen Scaffidi in the race for the city's top leadership position. Scaffidi replaces Mayor Dick Bolender, who died Saturday but had indicated he would not seek a fourth term.

People interested in running for the mayoral post have until 5 p.m. Jan. 3 to file their candidacy paperwork, which can be obtained at City Hall.

Scaffidi's aldermanic seat is not up for re-election in April, but Michalski's is. He told NOW that he would run for both positions.

"If I were to win both elections, I wouldn't take alderman," Michalski said. So far, he is the only candidate for the aldermanic position.

Verhalen's seat on the School Board is not up for re-election in spring, and he said he would not relinquish it if he becomes mayor. Verhalen is a former alderman in Oak Creek and has run unsuccessfully for mayor in the past, most recently in 2009.

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