Redistricting kicks out alderman candidate

Waukesha Freeman (WI) - Thursday, January 5, 2012
    WAUKESHA – Thanks to redistricting that kicked in on Sunday, one of Waukesha’s candidates for District 12 alderman is no longer in the district, and thus no longer eligible to run, according to an email from City Clerk Tom Neill. 

    Erik Rhine, 23, will no longer be a candidate, eliminating the need for a February primary, Neill said. 

    Rhine said he was “disappointed” but still feels there’s potential to see the change needed in Waukesha. He said he won’t be able to run in his district until 2014, which will give him more time to volunteer with the Waukesha County Republican Party. 

    Rhine also said in a press release he believes his disqualification shows a lack of transparency in city government. 

    “While I alone did not check my new district, redistricting maps were not made available to me until Jan. 4, a day after all paperwork was due at City Hall,” Rhine said in the release. “I believe this error could have been caught much sooner with more transparency in our local, state and federal governments.” 

    Rhine had previously said he doesn’t like how the city’s new water supply is being handled. 

    “I lived on the Gulf Coast, and if we can drill miles and miles into coast, we should be able to figure out how to get water through shale,” said Rhine, who studied political science at Louisiana State University. 

    The remaining two candidates are Ron Kading and incumbent Rick Hastings, who was appointed to the position after former Alderman Charles Lichtie resigned for health reasons. 

    Rhine said he endorses Kading in the race. 

    – Sarah Pryor, Freeman Staff