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Racine elects new mayor Tuesday

Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 16, 2017

Racine is set to elect a new mayor on Tuesday and both candidates are familiar to voters with backgrounds in government.

Drive through Racine and it's hard to find a block without campaign signs. The candidates with their names on them are out going door to door to do some last minute convincing to get people out to the polls.

"I just feel this city needs a reset," said mayoral candidate Sandy Weidner.

Weidner comes with nearly 18 years of local government experience as a Racine district alderwoman. Weidner said she blames the last city administration for pulling money out of reserve funds to give raises inside city hall. She would like to see those funds go elsewhere.
 
"That being the appearance of their neighborhoods, the housing stock, our commercial corridors, our small businesses," Weidner said.

Jobs have been a struggle in Racine. The city has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 4.6 percent.

"Jobs is the number one issue," said mayoral candidate Cory Mason.

Mason comes with more than a decade of government experience as a state representative.
He said it's time to capitalize on opportunities like Foxconn bringing up to 13,000 jobs to the area.

"The next mayor needs to be in a place to take advantage of the jobs that are coming to the region by getting people trained and apprentice to get them into those jobs," Mason said.

One thing both candidates agree on: A proposed $60 million arena and events center isn't their top priority.

"I will veto the arena unless and until the taxpayers vote for it on a referendum," Weidner said.

"If I'm the mayor, there is no arena," Mason said.  

Whoever is elected will finish out the former mayor's term until the spring of 2019. Both believe a lot can be done in that time.