Wauwatosa Alderperson Health Kuhl announced her resignation from the Common Council Wednesday.
She had been representing the city’s 5th District since her election in the spring of 2018.
In a letter to the city, Kuhl did not provide a reason for her resignation. She says she is happy to have been always “honest, respectful, and professional and I have zero regrets.”
Highlights she referenced while as a alderperson includes limiting single-use plastics, proposing a mask mandate, and installing a stop sign and cross walk for a busy neighborhood street.
The City of Wauwatosa says they will announce a timeline in the near future as to how they will fill the seat. City ordinances state a five-member nomination committee will review any applications that are received and conduct interviews. They will then select one to be up for approval by the full Common Council.
Read the full letter from Kuhl below:
This letter serves as my official resignation to my position as Alderperson of Wauwatosa’s 5th District.
I did not come to this decision easily. I understand that women are held to a higher standard than men and that me stepping down doesn’t just affect me, it affects every woman that might want to fill this seat after me; we all know that women aren’t afforded the luxury of existing as individuals. I have been, and always will be unapologetically authentic. I am deeply passionate, and I do not hide from my flaws. That was who I ran as, who I served as, and who I will continue to be. When I sat in this seat and I served my constituents, I was always honest, respectful, and professional and I have zero regrets.
To my constituents: It has been an honor to serve this district and I hope that I have served it well; Every single decision I have made on council has been articulated professionally and respectfully and made in good faith. My goal has always been to listen to my constituents and act on their behalf. I am extremely proud of what I have achieved in the last 2 years; I brought composting to Tosa, limited single-use plastics, proposed the mask mandate and I even got a stop sign and cross walk for one of our busiest neighborhood streets. I know this is a disappointment to some (but certainly not all) of you, but I hope you understand that I have to prioritize the health and safety of my family.
Although I will no longer be on Council, I will continue to serve our community. I will continue to speak truth to power, I will continue to fight for equity, and I will continue to fight for the lives and safety of the people who make this community the amazing place that we all love.
Respectfully, Heather Kuhl