The primary election results told a story of sorts, and numbers represent the moral of that story. Reilly had 1,505 votes (35%), Scrima had 1,421 votes (33%), Thieme had 1,193 votes (28%), and Volpano had 164 votes (4%). For Reilly and Scrima the margin was a mere 3% with a difference of 84 votes.
Perhaps the minuscule margin was directly proportional to Mayor Scrima’s choice to not greet President Obama during his recent visit to Waukesha? For anyone who believes that the mayor disrespected the president, I can assure you that his choice was not borne out of any disrespect for the president, or for our city for that matter. To the contrary, Mayor Scrima’s choice was based on his… Continue reading
It was a standing room only turnout for the 2014 mayoral debate Wednesday night at Carroll College’s Stackner Ballroom. Seated front-and-center was incumbent mayor, Jeff Scrima, and candidates Shawn Reilly, Terry Thieme, and Michael Valpaono.
Citizens listened quietly in anticipation of learning more about the four candidates and who would best serve our city for the next four years.
Questions that drew responses to alternative water deals, taxes, the Clarke Hotel, and downtown events such as “Freeman Friday Night Live” were presented, and each candidate expressed their opinions and ideals for each question. On many occasions Scrima opponents attempted to allege lack of leadership, oftentimes referencing notes to guide their words. However, I believe they failed to support their allegations… Continue reading
Within both families and cities, individual members have opinions and express them. This freedom of speech is good. We make choices everyday. And the things we value and the choices we make together can move us forward.
My focus is to serve the families of Waukesha and move our community forward. Families that move forward together all share values of consistency, responsibility, reliability, restoration, growth, fun, and keeping promises. The City of Waukesha is our family, and together we also share these same values.
1. Consistency. When the citizens elected me to the Office of Mayor, they told me they wanted a non-partisan Mayor – a Mayor that didn’t support someone else’s political agenda, but rather focused on the… Continue reading
What gave people from a variety of different communities a reason to drive to downtown Waukesha over the past few years? Well, that it is quite easy to say.
A handful of visionaries saw the potential in the artistic buildings from the 1800s and started to restore them for shops, art galleries, restaurants and new lofts to live in. A young, new mayor held our property taxes lower than inflation, restored the roads leading to our little town, the home of Carroll University. Mayor Scrima garnered the support of our well respected Police Chief Russell Jack, Common Council, our local businesses, Carroll University, residents, volunteers and The Freeman newspaper to open our streets to pedestrians on Friday nights during the… Continue reading
Rhetoric about negotiations for Lake Michigan water can be misleading – the truth is that Mayor Scrima helped save our city from making a very costly choice.
When Mayor Scrima took office in 2010, negotiations for procuring water from the city of Milwaukee were practically written in stone. The residents of Waukesha can be very grateful that our mayor blew the whistle on this “bad deal” and exercised his mayoral power to halt any water agreement with the city of Milwaukee.
The city of Milwaukee has repeatedly and openly stated that any water sale to Waukesha must include a “non-compete clause” for Waukesha’s future business and jobs. Further, there would be additional “economic compensation” from Waukesha above and beyond… Continue reading