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Scaffidi Reverses Course, Will Not Seek Assembly Seat

Mayor Steve Scaffidi said it became apparent he would not be able to serve as both mayor and state representative.

Updated 3:12 p.m. Friday

Citing the logistics of juggling his current job with a state Assembly campaign and possible seat in the Legislature, Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi has changed course and will no longer run in a special election.

Scaffidi told Patch earlier this week he wanted to take on both the roles of mayor and state representative. His remarks came shortly after state Rep. Mark Honadel announced he would resign the 21st Assembly seat in mid-September.


But after a few days of consideration, he said Friday it became apparent that wouldn't be possible. 

"The residents of Oak Creek elected me to represent their city, so I feel it is important to continue to serve as mayor and focus my efforts on the considerable opportunities that lie ahead of us," Scaffidi said. 

Those "opportunities" include the massive Drexel Town Square project, which will feature a "new downtown" for Oak Creek, as well as a new business park on Oakwood Road and a redevelopment of the city's lakefront.

"Oak Creek is poised to take a leadership role in southeastern Wisconsin in new business development and job creation," Scaffidi said. "I'm honored and privileged to be a part of that story, and will continue to do whatever I can to make that a reality."

Scaffidi also dismissed speculation in a Journal Sentinel report that his decision was based on his affiliation with Mayors Against Illegal Guns or his views on gun-law reform.

He said after meeting with Republican leadership, he was not comfortable with the time commitment it would take to run in an election. 

"I'm choosing to do the job I was elected to do," he said. 

Gov. Scott Walker will set a date for a special election after Honadel officially leaves office in September, said Reid Magney, spokesman for the Government Accountability Board. 

By law, a special election must be held between 62 and 77 days after Honadel's last day, which would put the election sometime in late November or early December. 

No other candidates have publicly declared their intentions to run.
Bob Meirkatze August 31, 2013 at 09:45 AM
I heard a rumor that Steve Taylor already got signs printed.
Franklin Today August 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM
I heard that one too Bob. Steve Taylor couldn't get along with his fellow aldermen and failed at representing his constituents because of it. Then he went on to not only making his fellow County Supervisors angry with him but the County Board Chairwoman who has pulled the plug now on our representation and political pull for Oak Creek-Franklin-Hales Corners. Now he wants to run for Rep. Mark Honadel's seat because he has been politically neutered in his other political endeavors. Time to send Taylor, his new wife and step son packing to Lacrosse where they will take his one trick pony politics.
Antonio Paladino September 01, 2013 at 08:27 AM
Steve Taylor is done.
Mike in OC September 01, 2013 at 09:17 AM
@Franklin Today ... I for one am happy he didn't bow down to the Chairwoman's every wish. She is a lunatic. As far as representation in our board seat, look at what we had previously... that dude was AWOL. 13th St is finally going to get redone which should have been done 15 years ago.
Franklin Today September 01, 2013 at 02:30 PM
@Mike in OC - No Taylor does not know how to get along or negotiate with anyone. He was "in bed with her" at first when she was fighting the battle for NO CUT IN PAY for Supervisors. He even went hand in hand with her to Madison. Then he became best of buds with Chris Larson because he was against cutting the Supervisors pay. Steve Taylor has admitted publicly that he is POWERLESS on the County Board because of his very own stupidity. So is there a big difference between Steve Taylor and his predecessor. Yes - His predecessor was not a professional politician always looking for a better opportunity like Taylor is. Franklin has been waiting for 76th Street to be repaired for over a decade and Steve (can't do anything for ya) Taylor has not done anything to move it forward. In Oak Creek at least you had people working together to get 13th St. done. Are you sure Taylor had anything to do with it or will he just take credit for what others have done as he has in the past.
oak creek resident September 01, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I thought this article was about Mayor Scaffidi, not Steve Taylor. The people here who are condemning Steve Taylor better start looking at the Mayor and who is acting more like a democrat. In my opinion, the mayor and his view on the second amendment doesn't have the best interest in his constituency, but rather the politically correct point of view. We need someone taking Mark Honadel's place that will stand up for our constitutional rights, like Mark did. I like Steve Taylor, and unless you critics can do better in this cut throat atmosphere of politics, stop complaining and start running yourself for office.
Franklin Today September 02, 2013 at 12:45 AM
@Oak Creek Resident - No this article is about Mayor Scaffidi not running. As @Bob Mierkatze said above. There are rumors afloat that the RINO Steve Taylor who has done little for Franklin, Oak Creek or Hales Corners except to complain when it looked like his full time salary for his part time job as a county Supervisor came into issue. Taylor is looking for another Full time gig. He does not want to go back to selling used cars or insurance. He wants a full time political job. He is not someone I would want to represent me in Madison. Just as I would never vote for Mayor Scaffidi because of his left leaning politics and his lack of support for second amendment rights. I pray that this area can come up with someone decent before either Taylor or Scaffidi run for Honadel's office. Right now it looks like the only one who is gearing up to run IS Steve Taylor who is a tax and spend liberal in Republicans clothing.
oak creek resident September 02, 2013 at 01:36 AM
@Franklin Today....I am with you as far as getting someone decent to replace Rep. Honadel. Someone who "truly" cares about our Constitutional rights! I also will pray for someone to run who is honest and decent and most of all, keeps their word. There are way to many Rino's out there to single out just one.
vocal local 1 September 03, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Taylor would be a good candidate for the republicans because he'd lose. He wouldn't carry OC or Franklin. There is a man in South Milwaukee that would be a good common sense representative of the people. He's a businessman, work somehow involves car batteries. He's got the skills if he will step up to the plate.

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