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University student announces resignation from La Crosse city council, as she awaits graduation



A La Crosse city council seat is opening up.

Fifth district council member Jenesea Hameister has announced that she will be leaving the council in May. Hameister is a UWL student.

Jenasea Hameister is sworn in as a La Crosse city council member on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, by city clerk Nikki Elsen. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

The city clerk’s office says Hameister is graduating from the university next month and plans to move to Madison to earn a master’s degree. She won election a year ago, and there are three years left in her term.

The clerk has not yet announced how the vacancy will be filled.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Roy

    April 10, 2024 at 4:07 pm

    When I look at this, I have to wonder why a person in a transitory period in their life should be allowed to sit on the Council. The La Crosse Common Council makes many long-range decisions regularly, including property taxes, unions, personnel, economic development and a host of life-affecting, serious tasks. It is, for those of us who have settled here permanently, serious business.

    It is not for someone who will graduate from higher education and leave town permanently after mere months of service. When they wave “bye-bye” and thank us for an “enlightening experience” I have to wonder if being elected or appointed to a seat representing that part of town is serious or sort of a class project. These students are not property owners, most work part-time, if at all, have no roots or family here and many times have no historical education on background of the issues that come before them. And they can become a swing vote on serious issues that they will not have to live with. It’s worth some discussion.

  2. LG

    April 23, 2024 at 9:20 pm

    Completely agree. Unfortunately, the voters of her district supported her non-serious candidacy, a young skull full of mush only to have her abandon her constituents. You get what you vote for.

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