City Clerk/Treasurer Peggy Johnson swears in Tammy Strey-Hirt during a special Common Council meeting Monday night
The Clintonville Common Council swore in a new member Monday night during a special Common Council Meeting to fill the vacant term left after previous Alderperson Darrell Teall resigned. Clintonville resident Tammy Strey-Hirt will join Chuck Manske as the city’s District 2 representatives.
Strey-Hirt has been a Clintonville resident for 10 years, and says it was her recent involvement in the past election that piqued her interest in becoming more involved at the local level.
“I’ve done a lot of campaigning for one of the [Presidential] nominees and I’ve really, really enjoyed being a part of that, helping make decisions, talking with people, so it kind of made me want to get in my local community, and maybe get involved with everyone here so I can help make a difference,” said Strey-Hirt on why she decided to apply for the vacant seat. “I learned a lot of things along the way, so that kind of made me think, hey maybe I can be a part of the community and make a difference.”
Strey-Hirt said she deliberated on whether or not to throw her name in after seeing the position vacant for weeks, but ultimately it was her desire to get involved and her love for learning new things that made her decision easy.
“I saw it in the paper and then I thought about it, but then I saw it in the paper again, nobody put in for it and thought maybe I’ll give it a shot. I’m not too familiar with the process, but I’m sure everyone will show me the ropes and I’ll learn a lot.”
Clintonville Mayor Lois Bressette said she and the council are pleased to finally have full representation for Clintonville’s second district.
“It’s nice that the district has full representation,” said Bressette about filling the vacant position. “Each district has two Alderpersons and now that we have two on board, I think that the district will be well represented.”
In previous years, the council may have looked towards redistricting the city to better represent Clintonville residents, but because Strey-Hurt’s term expires in April, Mayor Bressette said she didn’t believe redistricting would have been a likely option.
“We would have just waited to see. At the end of December, we’ll know who is going to run. Tammy may choose to run for that seat in April, or she may not choose to run for that seat. She’s done in April, she’s just filling out a term right now, but we really would like to have a full council of ten because that’s what our population dictates us to have. I’m glad that we finally have somebody that has come forward and I think she’ll do a good job for us.”
The District 2 opening was made available mid-term because Darrell Teall had moved out of the area.