There’s a contested election for three four-year terms on the Brookfield Public Library Board. Quite frankly, there’s not a whole lot of disagreement, you could call it none, among anyone running on what direction the library should take in the next four years.
All are ardent supporters of the library, its director and the need for a new facility. So you could say that this race is a pick ’em.
But we are endorsing Adam Burghgraef, Carol Vaughan Kissane and J. Edgar Mihelic for the board. Kissane needs no introduction to anyone who has spent any time in Brookfield. A library board member for more than 30 years, she is a dedicated public servant who is looking to continue her work. We see no reason why that should end now.
Burghgraef, who was appointed in 2015 to replace Judith Sweet, has shown himself to be a solid board member. Mihelic is a passionate supporter of the library’s mission and was involved heavily in the unsuccessful referendum push last year.
Also running for a four-year term is Jeanne McTeague, a co-chair of the library’s 2016 referendum committee and staunch advocate for the Brookfield Public Library.
Frankly, we doubt Brookfield voters would go wrong voting for any of the four. Whether a future referendum succeeds or not, these candidates understand the role of a public library and its place in the fabric of a community.
Michelle Svendsen, an incumbent, is running unopposed for a two-year term on the board.