Wauwatosa has its first candidate for mayor. John Pokrandt today announced his intention to run for election in April.
"My family and I have lived in Wauwatosa for the last 11 years and are proud to call this special place home," he said in a statement. "I have decided to run because I believe that Wauwatosa deserves a passionate and engaged leader. I want to return Wauwatosa to its history of sensible, good governance."
Pokrandt has never held elected office, but he said he has been involved in the community through the Quarry Heights Neighborhood Association.
His campaign slogan is, "Putting Wauwatosa first."
"It means working for business investment and standing up for the city in cases such as Waukesha's water return plans," he said. "Putting Wauwatosa first means being active and engaged in the marketing of this community to businesses and potential residents. It also means being out in the community and being visible, open and available to the residents of this city."
He wants to see more transparency in city government and said his background in sales and marketing qualifies him to work as Wauwatosa's spokesman.
"I will be a tireless advocate for the city, whether it's on economic development issues, public safety or community planning," he said.
He criticized Mayor Jill Didier - who has not said whether she will seek re-election - as not being visible enough within the community.
"The mayor's chief job is to be the face of Wauwatosa, to be a cheerleader for the city, and that simply has not been the case."
NAME: John Pokrandt
ADDRESS: 6717 Milwaukee Ave.
FAMILY: married with two children
JOB: account manager at City Press commercial printer
CONTACT: (414) 391-1538, email@example.com
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