Waukesha needs effective leadership. I am running for mayor of Waukesha because the focus for the past four years has been on the mayor’s office and not the positives that Waukesha has to offer. I have been critical of the mayor’s performance because he has been the center of multiple controversies and has been an ineffective leader. In a campaign it is necessary to distinguish the differences between the candidates so the public can make an informed decision. Unfortunately, I have had to spend an inordinate amount of time countering the current mayor’s claims about his record. I have heard he thinks this is dirty politics, it is not. I am attacking his record, plain and simple.
Setting the record straight
Our present mayor takes credit for keeping taxes flat, entering into the agreement with Oak Creek, creating jobs and improving roads.
As for keeping taxes flat, our present mayor neglects to mention that he did not attend the meetings of the Finance Committee that did all of the hard work that created our last four budgets. This is not leadership. If he was not a participant, he should not claim credit.
Our present mayor tells us he is responsible for keeping taxes level because he vetoed the budget 3 times. These surprise vetoes were done after the Common Council had done all its work. Our present mayor then refused to tell the Common Council which items in the budget should be cut. For him to say he was responsible is irresponsible.
Our present mayor implies that he was responsible for entering into the agreement with Oak Creek. He does not mention that he was opposed to Oak Creek because “he drove to Oak Creek and it was too far.” Our present mayor now says he was never opposed to obtaining Lake Michigan water, just opposed to obtaining water through Milwaukee. In his last campaign it was his position however that Lake Michigan water was not an option.
Our present mayor does not tell you that we need to show the Governors of 8 states that we have no other viable water alternatives. He still states there are alternatives. Our present mayor is the absolute worst person to represent Waukesha before these 8 governors.
Our present mayor said he doubled the City’s investment in road restoration. What he does not tell us is that Alderman Payne and Pieper spearheaded this and convinced the Common Council to increase the amount of money going towards road work. Our present mayor also does not tell us that the City has a $130 million backlog in needed road work. The present spending rate will barely make a dent in this backlog.
Our present mayor claims he is responsible for creating 700 new jobs. Our present mayor does not tell us that most of these jobs were already in the pipeline before he was elected.
Our present mayor should not be telling us that he is responsible for keeping taxes low, for Lake Michigan Water, for road restoration and for job creation.
Waukesha deserves a Mayor that won’t mislead us. Please review my website, feel free to call me with questions and I would appreciate your vote on April 1st.