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Stratemeier decided that one two-year term was enough and did not seek re-election. (He did not respond to interview requests.)
Stratemeier's successor, lawyer Howard Chamberlin, ran unopposed; he is regarded as a Poletis supporter. Poletis' critics fear that Chamberlin will seek to rehire Poletis, in part to make his suit against the city disappear.
Terry Reed got 82 votes in the April 7, 2009, election. His Ward 3 opponent, Charles Falkenberg, got 97.
The changing of the guard may give Poletis the votes he needs to return. "I would love it if he got his old job back," Alderman Needles says.
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