Unfortunately, for some years now, select government officials and quasi-governmental entities have worked to freeze the people out of their own government. From the rejection of referendum results, to the concerted efforts to limit access to government records and information, to the packaging of back-room decision making as “independent expert opinion,” to the repeated expenditure of tax dollars without adherence to open bidding and competitive economic principles, city leaders have routinely tried to alienate the people from the city’s governance. I believe that some public officials have forgotten, or never even believed, that they were in office to be the servants — not the bosses — of the people.
If elected mayor, I will oppose and remediate this erosion of our local democracy. My main goal is to strengthen our democratic institutions in City Hall and return government to the people. The people’s concerns and desires will no longer be treated as burdensome obstacles to policy goals. Instead, they will take their rightful place as your next mayor’s primary concern. With better access to information and a responsive leader in the mayor’s office, the people of Wausau can once again lead their way to a better future.
I will be sharing information from public records that has somehow not been properly communicated to the people of Wausau by its government. As this information became known to me, I became increasingly concerned about the state of affairs in city government. I can no longer sit on the sidelines. I believe that you, my friends and neighbors, once aware of this information will share my concerns and decide that you, as well, must get involved.
The failure to disclose and discuss these items in a transparent manner is ultimately the responsibility of the chief executive of the city. A mayor must be the people’s watchdog in city government. The mayor is the one official in our city’s executive structure elected by the city as a whole to watch out for the interests of all the people. The hard truth is, we have suffered as a community from the utter lack of oversight by the Mayor’s office. That will change if you trust me to be your next servant in that office.