David Hewitt, Elections, Oshkosh, Uncategorized

Oshkosh Mayoral Race

On April 2nd 2019, Oshkosh voters will get to choose their mayor for the next two years.  Presently, there are three candidates on the ballot headed for a primary run-off on February 19th 2019. With the deadline for nominations having expired on January 2nd 2019, the confirmed candidates on the ballot are as follows:

  • Incumbent Mayor Steve Cummings.
  • Current deputy Mayor Lori Palmeri.
  • Local pub owner Nathan Stiefvater.

On Thursday January 31st 2019, all three candidates presented themselves at a candidates’ forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County.



Cummings, seeking his third two-year term in the role opened the forum with a declaration of intent to continue with his work, stressing that:

We must stay on a progressive path while remaining fiscally responsible and not go backward, not one single step.” [1]

Cummings made a point of emphasizing the impact of bringing in private investment over the last 24 months, referencing the Oshkosh Riverwalk as a prime example. [2]

Palmeri has been deputy Mayor of Oshkosh since 2018 and seeks to take over from her boss. Palmeri is stressing the need for the voters of Oshkosh to have a choice and has stressed her pragmatism and community inclusiveness.

Stressing her record in the areas of affordable housing and urban development and regeneration she says:

I have demonstrated the ability to look at issues from both sides” [3]

Stiefvater is the self-confessed dark horse in this three-way race.  As the owner of a downtown Oshkosh pub, he identifies the importance of engaging with the community and also as an advocate for small businesses in the area. [4]

With just the three candidates, the primary of February 19th 2019 will of course narrow the field down to just two and with Stiefvater the outsider, the likelihood is that it will come down to a Cummings v Palmeri showdown on April 2nd 2019.


Written for Intellegere Project by: David Hewitt, MIS, BSc


References

[1] & [2] https://youtu.be/YSxR1TgKRjk

[3] & [4] https://oshkoshherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Oshkosh-Herald-January-9-2019.pdf

 

David Hewitt, Elections, Madison, Mayoral, Uncategorized

Madison Mayoral Race

On April 2nd 2019, the voters of Madison, WI will get to choose their mayor for another four years.  The deadline for candidates to submit their nomination papers and details has now closed.

There are six candidates, from a variety of backgrounds, which have thrown their hats into the ring.  The primary election runs a few weeks prior to the election proper, on February 19th 2019, with voters having a good-sized field to deliberate over.  Here’s who Mad City voters will have to choose from.

  • Maurice Cheeks. Running on a platform of addressing social and economic inequality, Alderman Cheeks has served in public office since 2013.  “What we need is a mayor that is committed to maximizing opportunities for everyone in every neighborhood and fighting for a better future for all our residents.”  [1]
  • Nick Hart. A local comedian who has previously run for the office of mayor, Hart brings his own unique take on running again, with a particular emphasis on engaging with those who tend to stay out of the political process.  He states on his website that “I’m not getting involved in municipal politics for money, obviously.  I’m getting involved because I’m interested in new ideas, and I’m running for mayor to exercise my civic duty.” [2]
  • Tariana Pettaway. Pettaway is running as a non-partisan candidate, and is now on the ballot as a write-in candidate only.  Pettaway, Madison’s first racial equity coordinator, fell afoul of the signature endorsement requirements needed for running for office but still wishes to remain on the ballot.  [3]
  • Satya Rhodes-Conway. The first candidate to announce themselves running for mayor, former alderman Rhodes-Conway is the current managing director for the Mayors Innovation Project.  Rhodes-Conway states on her site that she is “…ready to lead on climate, racial equity, housing, transportation, and other issues that matter to working families.” [4]
  • Raj Shukla. A candidate with a particular emphasis on the environment and economic sustainability, Shukla is executive director of River Alliance of Wisconsin.  He is running on a platform of a social and environmental responsibility, including affordable housing and transportation. [5]
  • Paul Soglin (incumbent). Returning to the mayoral office for the third time in 2011, racking up 22 years in the office, Soglin is arguably the most recognizable of all the candidates.  Unsurprisingly then, some refer to him as “Mayor for Life.” [6] Soglin’s website notes a “…lifelong dedication to social justice, equal rights and, and making government responsive to the people it serves…”  [7]

With the candidates now confirmed, the voters of Madison have just over a month to make up their mind when it comes to the primary vote on February 19th.  Madison has a long history of mayoral elections with variety – 2019 is proving to be no different.


Written for Intellegere Project by: David Hewitt, MIS, BSc


References

[1] https://madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/madison-ald-maurice-cheeks-announces-run-for-mayor/article_81763210-e8a1-58b1-879b-0aac87c719e9.html

[2] https://www.nickhartformadison.com/

[3] https://ballotpedia.org/Toriana_Pettaway

[4] https://www.satyaformadison.com/

[5] https://madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/raj-shukla-environmental-advocate-enters-madison-mayor-s-race/article_81938c55-d7ba-559d-bb08-b29882c156e8.html

[6] https://madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/timeline-the-life-and-career-of-madison-s-mayor-for/collection_0757194c-de0e-11e4-b651-53a24819cc8e.html#1

[7] https://www.soglinformayor.com/about

 

David Hewitt, Elections, green bay, Mayoral, Uncategorized

Crowded Field Competes for Voters in Green Bay Mayoral Race

The mayoral race for Green Bay, Wisconsin is on and the ticket for voters to choose from to replace Mayor Jim Schmitt is more crowded than ever. [1] A total of eight candidates pledged their candidacy by the January 2nd, 2019 deadline.  Green Bay voters will get to narrow the all-male field down to two with a primary run off on February 19th, 2019. The mayoral election itself takes place on April 2nd, 2019.  The field consists of the following candidates:

  • Paul Boucher. Having been out of work for 15 years, Boucher has “been studying the city and trying to make the world a better place.” [2]
  • Patrick Buckley. A retired police officer and now businessman, Buckley is running on a non-partisan ticket but nevertheless has an endorsement from the local GOP. [3]
  • Patrick Evans. Evans has served as Brown County supervisor for 16 years and prides himself in having previously beaten outgoing Mayor Schmitt in a previous primary election (although ultimately losing to him in 2011.) [4]
  • Eric Genrich. Having previously served six years as a Democrat district assembly representative, Genrich is now running on a non-partisan ticket for Mayor. [5]
  • Joe Moore. A former alderman and current residential real-estate agent, Moore was elected to Green Bay city council in 2012. Declining to seek re-election, Moore is now running for the office of Mayor. [6]
  • Nick Mortensen. Working for a local sign company, Mortensen focuses on a distinct slant of utilizing technology for the benefit of Green Bay – “utilize…data to make smarter decisions…” [7]
  • Mark Steuer. Placing a campaign emphasis on “transparency and civility [8]”, Steuer is a three-time alderman and also presently serves as council president.
  • Guy Zima. Another former alderman of the city and Brown county supervisor, Zima was the last to announce his candidacy on the final day for submission. Zima is presently suing Mayor Schmitt, alleging defamation and slander. [9}

With a field of eight, the voters of Green Bay will head to the primary polls on February 19th, 2019 with a variety of choices before them.  The League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay are set to hold a Mayoral forum on January 9th, 2019; giving voters an opportunity to cast an eye over the now confirmed field.


The LWV-Green Bay Candidates Forum will be held at the Brown County Central Library auditorium on 515 Pine Street. The forum is scheduled to begin at 6pm on Wednesday, Jan. 9th.
Find out more by visiting: www.facebook.com/events/374230990051477/


Written for Intellegere Project by: David Hewitt, MIS, BSc


References

[1]  https://greenbaywi.gov/655/Election-Information

[2], [3] & [5]  https://fox11online.com/news/election/former-alderman-zima-turns-in-papers-to-run-for-mayor?fbclid=IwAR18MA3ZXgrI5B3dINljXv6U7ncPr8-EJPCf5TshXnMg_zZCBhhitOY3d_U

[4]  https://www.wbay.com/content/news/Race-for-Green-Bay-mayor-is-growing-484358931.html

[6] https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/01/02/green-bay-mayoral-race-zima-brings-list-candidates-8-spring-election/2369072002

[7]  https://nickmortensen.com

[8] https://www.wearegreenbay.com/news/local-news/steuer-evans-announce-plans-to-run-for-green-bay-mayor/1212943324

[9]  https://www.nbc26.com/news/local-news/list-for-green-bay-mayoral-candidates-released