Running wins city attorney race

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

April 2, 2014

Stacy and Paul Ybarra share electronic election results with Brian Running, center showing that Running was leading the race for Waukesha City Attorney by over 60 percent last night. Running with his family, friends and supporters gathered at Sprizzo’s on Main Street to await the final outcome of the election.
Don Weltzien/Special to The Freeman

WAUKESHA - Local attorney Brian Running will serve as Waukesha’s first new city attorney in almost three decades after defeating challenger Rick Congdon by 1,743 votes.

Running received 5,195 votes, or about 60 percent, to Congdon’s 3,452 votes, or about 40 percent.

He’ll take over on May 1.

Running couldn’t be reached for comment by press time.

After serving as the city’s top legal advisor since 1986, Curt Meitz decided not to run for re-election this year because of health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family.

Running has been an attorney for almost 25 years, and has said he’s been involved in just about any kind of legal matter under the sun, with exceptions of divorces and criminal defense. These days he mainly focuses on counseling businesses and representing businesses and individuals before government entities.

He said his experience is “very analogous” to what the city attorney does.

Running said he’s heavily involved in the community, from emceeing the Wednesday night jazz shows at Cutler Park to serving as secretary/ treasurer to the Waukesha Parks Foundation and more.

Congdon congratulated Running on a “good, clean campaign” and thanked his own supporters for all their support.

Waukesha city attorney*

Brian Running - 5,195 votes (60%)

Rick Congdon - 3,452 votes (40%)

*Vote totals are unofficial until canvassed