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.
Three Forums so far - good ones I might add.
The February 21st forum conducted by the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce has had the largest turnout. The questions were good.
The February 25th forum held at Eisenhower School included standout questions but was not as well-attended as I would have hoped.
Monday night's forum at St. Matt's included the best of both worlds - good attendance (I counted 60 people) and great questions. Did you know this was my wife's idea? Really it was. She suggested it and I acted on it by contacting the League of Women Voters (LWV).
All the credit goes to the Milwaukee County League of Women Voters for doing the heavy lifting and for St. Matthew Church for providing the venue. Bravo to them.
According to my Debate Index Calculator (the evening's notes are here: LWV Forum.pdf ) candidate Stepaniak was the clear winner.
Here are my immediate observations:
No pandering! Can you believe it. The candidates must have been inoculated or something.
Candidate Didier - Received a 2 point penalty for resurrecting the past in her assertion that there has been a lack of planning for Hart Park. That's simply not true. The city, many citizens and civic groups have spent countless hours and have been actively engaged in the process of directing the future of the Park.
Both candidates scored very closely on being Righteous and Hopeful.
Again, Stepaniak's strong suite is detail on the Clear Vision thing; however, Didier is showing gains. Both made good arguments directed toward their leadership strengths and how their respective administrations would be different.
Candidate Didier needs to renounce the use of clichés. It's a style thing in public speaking. The word proactive was used more times than needed. To her credit she admitted to this in one of her responses. No point reductions though.
Intangibles: Stepaniak has a folksy style. Didier has a rah rah style. They both need to change their wardrobe and mix it up.
Candidate Didier's closing statements alleged that candidate Stepaniak was a liar on the matter of her voting against the budget that included two new police officer positions.
The gist of it was that the complicated budget proceedings allowed for money to be spent litigating the levying of property taxes on heretofore tax-exempt independent senior living centers. Therefore, if money could be spent on litigation and not on cops, then money shouldn't be spent on one or the other or maybe both - which was why she voted against the budget. I had trouble with the convoluted logic behind this and others in the audience had trouble making the connection as well.
My suggestion is to adopt the KISS axiom to make difficult concepts easier for everyone. No deduction of points.
Bottom line - Didier lost her endorsement from the cops to Stepaniak in this election.
Since candidate Didier brought-up the subject of taxing senior living facilities (not me) I think the subject is deserving of a closer examination - in another post.
A copy of the calculator for you to use at the next forum can be found here: Debate Index Calculator.pdf
Bring one to the next candidate forum which will be:
Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 PM, at Wauwatosa East High School, 7500 Milwaukee Avenue. Brought to you by WauwatosaNOW, in partnership with the two local high school newspapers - The Cardinal News and West Side Stories.
Score the candidates and have some serious fun.