Oak Creek man still in race

Bevan to campaign for Town Board spot this weekend

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— After stating his intentions to run for the Oak Creek Town Board and then deciding against it, Charlie Bevan is back where he started.

Bevan will run for a position on the Town Board in Tuesday's municipal election in Oak Creek.

"I'm in there," he said. "I'm still in the running."

He pulled his petition to seek re-election after his March 13 resignation from the Town Board.

Bevan thought he was finished with municipal politics until he recently discovered he was still in the running for a trustee position.

The deadline for withdrawing names from the candidate list expired before Bevan announced his decision to pull out of the race.

"It was too late to get his name off the ballot," Oak Creek town clerk Nancy Crawford said.

Whether he ran for the trustee position, she said, Bevan's name would still appear on the ballot.

Even if Bevan had maintained his decision not to run, people still could have voted for him because his name appeared on the ballot, she said.

"Technically, he could have been elected," Crawford said.

But Bevan, who was appointed to the board two years ago, said he did not want to disappoint his supporters.

Many people have called since hearing about his return to the race to lend their support, he said.

"I couldn't let them down," Bevan said. "They've been my friends for too long."

So this weekend, Bevan, at 62, will campaign for the first time in his life.

He intends to pass out fliers that address his reasons for running.

"I'll be out stumping in Oak Creek," he said.

Campaigning is necessary, he said, because so many people have recently moved to Oak Creek and they do not know of him.

Bevan, an Oak Creek resident for 28 years, retired from the railroad after 22 years of work.

His introduction to municipal government came late in life, when the town appointed him to the board two years ago.

"I said, 'What the heck? I'm retired, and it might be a good learning experience,'" he said. "It's been a learning experience for this old man. I've still got a long way to go."

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