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All Eight Green Bay Mayoral Candidates Answer Public's Questions in Forum

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Wednesday all eight of Green Bay's mayoral candidates had the chance to tell the public why they should be mayor.

The Green Bay League of Women voters held a forum at Brown County's public library where residents submitted their questions which the candidates directly answered.

A few of the mayoral candidates touted their experience in local government.

"I’ve been blessed to be a state representative for the 90th district for the last six years," says Eric Genrich. "I left that position to run for mayor because I am truly excited about where we are as a community."

"I was Vice Chair of Parks and Rec and Forestry and improvement services and personnel," says Joe Moore. "And currently I am a commissioner at  Green Bay Water Utility."

Others may have less experience, but expressed what they want to see change in the city.

"I’d like to bring more attractions to the downtown area," says Paul Boucher. "I’d like to bring one million more tourist to the downtown each year and bring a lot of revenue to everyone."

While making additions to the city is ideal one candidate in particular says the money just isn't there.

"Most of our money is off the tax roll and it’s been used to pay for the mistakes," says Guy Zima.

But one issue most everyone seemed to agree on was fixing roads.

"A number of the streets are down right horrendous," says Patrick Buckley. "I feel that we have to get back to making those a priority in the city of Green Bay."

"We have a wheel tax in place," says Patrick Evans. "I think the wheel tax is a good short term revenue stream, but that needs to go away for sure."

Other topics ranged from homelessness to technology.

"I also chaired a homelessness task force called HOPE back in 2012 to 2014," says Mark Steuer. "I’ve been involved in a lot of projects over time."

"We have to bring Green Bay into the present," says Nick Mortensen. "We are very technologically backwards."

Again Green Bay's primary election is February 19th.

Voters will narrow the field of eight to two during the spring election April 2nd.


 


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