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Alderman Will Try to Become Next Oak Creek Mayor

Steve Scaffidi says he will enter mayor's race; Bolender still undecided.

At least one person has said publicly that he intends to seek the position of Oak Creek mayor in the April 3, 2012 election.

Alderman Steve Scaffidi said he has the experience and qualifications to become the next mayor of Oak Creek and will file the necessary paperwork to get on the ballot.

The current mayor, Dick Bolender, said he is still undecided about whether he will seek a fourth term in office.

No others have yet expressed interest in the race. Mark Verhalen, who has run for mayor in the past, said he "has a lot on his plate" and is undecided. Another previous candidate, Dimity Grabowski, did not return a message.

No one has yet registered their campaign with the city clerk's office, Acting City Clerk Christa Miller said.

Today, Dec. 1, marks the first day that candidates can begin circulating nomination papers. All paperwork must be turned in by 5 p.m. Jan. 3 in order for candidates to get on the ballot.

If three or more candidates turn in papers, a primary would be held Feb. 21.

Scaffidi said he made up his mind some time ago regardless of Bolender's decision. He applauded the mayor for his work, particularly with new development, to get Oak Creek to this point.

"Like any position, a set of fresh eyes and new ideas can be helpful," Scaffidi said.

Scaffidi has been on the Oak Creek Common Council for the past four years and is heavily involved in several community groups, such as the community center board and Kiwanis Club, and is active at civic events. His day job is working for the media research company Nielson.

One of his main objectives as mayor would be pursuing new development, particularly at the lakefront and Delphi, and recruiting companies to relocate to Oak Creek, he said.

He also said that more resident input is needed on talks regarding the redevelopment of Delphi, the "cornerstone" issue of Oak Creek.

"If I'm lucky enough to be elected mayor, I would make it a priority to improve communication between elected officials and residents," Scaffidi said.

The Oak Creek mayor is elected to a three-year term and receives $18,100 per year (A $16,000 salary plus a $175-per month car allowance).

Sheryl Cerniglia December 01, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Good choice...Steve is easy to talk to, listens to both sides of the issue, seeks input from citizens, understands the community.
vocal local 1 December 04, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Me Thinks this city needs competent old resident blood on that council. FIRE the old and bring on the new. A person with the ability to cut costs rather than acquire huge debt and more expensive developmental studies that aren't going anywhere in this economy and financial tax breaks for new business to relocate into OC. By the time new business runs it's course it's most often on the backs of the taxpayer anyhow so why try to rush development that isn't contributing significantly to the tax base? How many TIF's has Steve voted in favor of? This council and mayor definately are not friendly or receptive to resident participation. How often do they have to be told that the residents don't want city hall or the library moved to the Delphi site. That we don't want We Energies as project manager at the lakefront and that we'd like to see the Managerial agreement B/W OC and WE Energies referred to in documents on the Lakefront that reportedly doesn't exist. NO, Residents are well advised not to vote for existing elected officials, say good bye to the good ole boys club vote them out. Where are Alan and Ann?
Bob January 03, 2012 at 12:47 AM
a vote for Steve Scaffidi will be a vote for higher taxes!!!

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