Old friends face off in Neenah Mayoral debate

By Evan Kruegel, Local 5 News

Published 03/17 2014 10:24PM

Updated 03/17 2014 10:31PM

NEENAH, WIS. (WFRV) - People across the state are watching the city of neenah -- where a unique election is now just two weeks away.

The competition pits a former teacher against his former student in a battle to be mayor.

Rep. Dean Kaufert and current mayor George Scherk share a common bond, friends with a lengthy past.

But tonight, the pair held their first debate, touching on growth, budgeting, and the city's problem with parking, all the while, refusing to attack each-other.

“The whole state should be watching,” Kaufert says, “because this is different than what happens in politics.”

“The election has been based on whatever is perceived to be the issues,” Mayor Scherk says, “and it's not been personal, and I don't think it will get personal in the next two weeks.”

Rep. Kaufert routinely brought the discussion back to his time in Madison, while Mayor Scherk spoke to his success on the local level

“I can open doors for the City of Neenah when it comes to economic development,” Rep. Kaufert says. “I have the ability to talk to the people of Madison.”

:It seems to me that what you do in Madison can help Neenah, or hurt Neenah,” Mayor Scherk says. “But to be here all the time, and I've been here for 35 years, I think that kind of service to the local community gives me the edge.”

This was the only debate between the two, before voters head to the polls on April 1st.  

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