Much has been made about Alderman Karen Olson's decision to not run for re-election, cast in the light of her abysmal performance at the Kooiker censure hearing.
In fairness to Karen, she had told me more than a year ago that she had no intention of running. And, I believe her.
Karen is not the best councilperson Ward 3 ever had. But, she's not the worst either.
Her decision to read a prepared statement, which revealed her long-standing personal dislike for Sam Kooiker, at the censure hearing, even after she had heard compelling evidence refuting the prepared statement's claims, was ill-advised and unfortunate.
Her decision to proceed with a trip to Washington, D.C. to a League of Cities conference after she declared that she wasn't running for re-election was ill-advised, unfortunate and arrogant. There will be a new player from Ward 3. We shall hope for better.