By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — Common council president and Alderman Gary Cummings will not seek another term as a member of the council. Cummings was first elected in 2010 and is coming to the end of his third term.
In the 2016 spring election, which will be held April 5, all of the odd numbered common council districts — one, three, five, seven, and nine — will be up for grabs. Those seats currently belong to Mike Feirer, Chris Jockheck, Ed Wagner, Cummings, and Tom Buttke, respectively.
Candidates can start circulating nomination papers on Dec. 1, and for common council a minimum of 20 signatures must be obtained from citizens in a respective district in order to be placed on the spring ballot. Council members serve a two-year term. The common council elects a council president every April after an election, City Clerk Deb Hall said.
Hall said that of the incumbent candidates, only Feirer has officially declared his intent to run for re-election as of Dec. 2.
Cummings said that he was at a point in life where he wanted to travel and have more time to be a grandfather and did not want to be in a position where he would have to choose between attending a city meeting and pursuing other interests.
“It’s a good opportunity for somebody else to step up and take this job,” the 67-year-old Cummings said. “I’m just at that age. I think it’s a good time to step down.”
Cummings, who is retired, previously worked for Canadian National Railway Company as the manager of public works.
He said that as an alderman he enjoyed seeing projects like the new library and community center come together as well as getting to know new people in Marshfield. His approach as a member of the council, Cummings said, was to balance the information he received from city staff with the will of residents in his district.
“City staff is very helpful. They do a lot of the legwork. They do all the legwork before it comes to the council, really good staff to work with,” Cummings said. “It’s been a very well-worth (it) experience. The people you meet, it’s just outstanding, and the council’s in good hands. (There are) a lot of good people on the council here.”