Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
In case you missed it, Wauwatosa is gearing-up for another mayoral campaign. So far we have three announced contenders. Here’s the current roll and my initial appraisals:
Jill Didier – A tad thin on resume but has experience in city government. I reside in her aldermanic district. She came out swinging with her early attack on Mayor Estness over the city’s compliance with state law over the proposed taxation of high-end, independent senior housing. More on that stink later. Since Mayor Estness isn’t running for reelection Didier will have define her campaign around other issues of substance.
Jerry Stepaniak – Robust resume in business and public service and experience in city government. Has been on the Council since 2000 and served on the Budget and Finance Committee the entire time. He clearly has more experience than Didier. In a brief conversation, Stepaniak outlined a broad vision for everything from redevelopment, infrastructure, the freeway interchange, bonding, budgets and crime. He has a good grasp of the issues.
Joey The Love Sponge – A heretofore unknown contender who has produced no resume but is a prolific poster on the Tosa Town Square. He has promised the good citizenry a benevolent dictatorship, a declaration of war on Venezuela, and an aquarium - mit Haifische. He has also promised me that, if elected, I get to head the city’s new Office of The Jagermeister.
Clearly the bar has been raised.