Mayoral Challenge in the West

Sitting trustee submits petition for seat.

Trustee Laurence Quinn has challenged the WPOA's selection for mayor.
Trustee Laurence Quinn has challenged the WPOA's selection for mayor.
A sitting trustee has challenged the Western Property Owners' Association's selection of John Watras for mayor in a surprising turn of events at Tuesday's annual resident electors' meeting.

Patch has confirmed that Laurence "Larry" Quinn submitted a petition with 16 signatures to officially challenge Watras for the seat, according to WPOA director Maureen Traxler.

"I suppose the WPOA will be having a runoff election also two weeks from today," she said.

A WPOA member who attended Tuesday's meeting said association president Tom Whalen was unaware of Quinn's intended challenge prior to the meeting, telling Patch, "Tom's comment was that the group witnessed democracy in action and will initiate plans for a WPOA election."

Watras was also unaware of Quinn's intentions. "I was selected by the WPOA and I've served them well. I've served the whole village well," he told Patch shortly after the challenge was made Tuesday night. "At the end of the day, I was selected the same way Mr. [Robert] Bolebruch was.

"Mr. Quinn is stretching because he's really on the outside looking in. I admire the fact that he's a volunteer fireman and that he works with the Board of Education but he's just never really supported anything of the West and didn't listen to the people. The people have spoken and they want me and Mr. Bolebruch."

Quinn could not be reached for comment.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

C D January 15, 2013 at 11:13 PM
.....for Mayor of WHAT?
Carisa Giardino (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 11:29 PM
The village of Garden City. Are you a resident?
Jack O'Niel January 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I'm happy to see this because the passing of the torch Mayor "election" hasn't been such a success just by judging the latest title holder's actions. Watras is also a rubber stamp for the CSSP so this is definitely interesting in regards to St. Paul's which unfortunately is the driving force for election issues around here. I guess spending/wasting 50+ million dollars will do that though.
Reed Marcus January 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM
From seeing both of these Trustees in action at Board meetings, I think Mr Quinn is usually more prepared and his comments show more insight. I think he is experienced and also brings his experience from being involved in POA and Board of Education. I think he is a better candidate. I know that Mr Watras has been involved for a very long time, but he has always seemed very flippant even with important issues. Also he tends to look to others as a means of his own vote. He definitely appears to be ill-prepared at many meetings as well. Maybe he needs to focus (but while sitting in the Mayor's chair). Good luck Mr. Quinn.
john sullivan January 17, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Sorry Larry but this must be some sort of a joke right. Anybody who thinks John Watras is a "one trick pony" is sadly mistaken. between his total revamp of the budget committe to be more professional and accountable which laid the groundwork for efficiency and accountability to his work with police and fire just doesn't appreciate or even know him. He has served diligently and professionally for more than 10 on scores of issues. I can't wait to see how the community agreement folks react here and we will see what they are truly made of. Electing Larry Quinn would mean the joke is really on us and is the first nail in the coffin of the cherished community agreement.
Carisa Giardino (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Here's more coverage of Quinn's challenge and why he's running for mayor: http://gardencity.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/quinn-why-i-challenged-john


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