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Scaffidi Will Run For Open Assembly Seat

Steve Scaffidi would be both mayor of Oak Creek and state representative if elected in a special election.

Mayor Steve Scaffidi, seen here at Patch's State of the City event in April, will run for an open state Assembly seat. (Patch file photo)
Mayor Steve Scaffidi, seen here at Patch's State of the City event in April, will run for an open state Assembly seat. (Patch file photo)
On the heels of Mark Honadel's announcement Tuesday that he will resign his state Assembly seat, Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi told Patch he will run for the seat in a special election.


Scaffidi, who will run as a Republican, said he would continue to serve as Oak Creek mayor if elected. His term expires in April 2015.

"I have no intention of leaving Oak Creek," Scaffidi said. "I will do both jobs if I'm lucky enough to get the opportunity to serve."

The mayor of Oak Creek is a part-time position with a salary of $18,100.

Scaffidi said his experience as mayor gives him a good handle on the area's needs and concerns, and would also allow him to give the district good representation in Madison. 

The Assembly district includes Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and a small portion of Franklin. 

Scaffidi knew of Honadel's plans to resign prior to his announcement Tuesday and had time to think about running for the seat.

He praised Honadel's 10 years of service in the Legislature. 

"He's done a great job for our area, and at some point you want to turn the page and do something else," Scaffidi said. "He's accomplished a lot in his career."

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

Included in that order will be the date of the election, which must be held between 62 and 77 days after Honadel's last day, Magney said. 

That would put a 21st Assembly district special election sometime in late November or early December. 

A primary, if necessary, would likely be held four weeks before the general election, Magney said. 
vocal local 1 August 27, 2013 at 06:11 PM
I don't think so. IF he should win the assembly seat I sure hope he stands down, resigns as mayor as there will certainly be a conflict of interest with the cities desire to overturn the state tax levy formula.
Mike in OC August 27, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Scaffidi should wait and run against Larson.
vocal local 1 August 27, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Yep, then we'd have two unqualified candidates.
vocal local 1 August 28, 2013 at 07:01 AM
About the only person I can think of that could ruin the republican plans and win running against Stevie is Jeff Plale. Will he come back to support the public? Oak Creek wanna be republicans who wish to identify with the rich with their mortgages underwater better wake up fast or lose their homes. Stevie in the assembly will push to remove the tax levy formula as our elect has overspent the We Energies money in collusion with WisPark. With nearly 9 million additional funds plus property tax revenues and state aides they have us on the verge of bankruptcy if they can't squeeze more money out of the residents in the form of property tax. You wanna be republicans are committing financial suicide and will soon be the poor never the rich and famous. Now is the time to pay attention to the numbers not the false claims of Stevie et al. Wisconsin is not a leader were diseased, dead and dying.
LuvOC August 28, 2013 at 09:31 AM
I will take Mayor Scaffidi over Steve (the south side sellout) Taylor any day. Maybe Jeff Fitzgerald could move into the Oak Creek area?
Antonio Paladino August 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM
I had a nice discussion with Mark about Larsen's seat. Too much of Milwaukee is included. That would be a tough one to tackle. Plale would be interesting. He is a middle of the road kind of guy, that Democrats hate, and Republicans love.
LuvOC August 29, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Plale stabbed both parties in the back if I recall. Unseating Larson with all the Bay View liberals is almost unthinkable....but, ohhhh how I would love to see that jerk tossed on his butt.
Mark Schaaf August 29, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Tony's right, the way the district is shaped it's pretty tough for a Republican. It goes up the shoreline all the way to Milwaukee's east side. So you have parts of the east side, downtown, Bay View....tough sledding.
Mike in OC August 29, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Why wasnt that district adjusted in the realignments last year? I always felt it didnt make sense stretching from UWM to Oak Creek.... OC will never have any representation in the Senate as long as Larson is in there. Last year he did a couple town halls here.... has anyone heard a peep out of him since he became the Minority Leader?
Mark Schaaf August 29, 2013 at 05:21 PM
I asked someone once why, when Republicans did redistricting, they didn't change the district and put Oak Creek with Franklin, etc. This person's theory was that their bigger priority was in protecting Leah Vukmir, in the Wauwatosa area, and they had to let Larson's district be. Just a theory, but I can sort of see it.
vocal local 1 August 29, 2013 at 07:38 PM
what just happened to my post
vocal local 1 August 29, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Try again. What we need to worry about here is "if" Scaffidi wins the assembly. Will the council once again appoint maybe even Alan Foekler? Remember what Alan did the last time around? He committed us to moving city hall and the library and the whole miserable Delphi/Drexel Square fantasy. Remember, he broke the tie vote. I surely don't ever want to see him in officer here in OC again.
Mike in OC August 29, 2013 at 07:53 PM
@vocal local 1... it's not a question of if, it's when he wins the assembly. it's a layup for him. he mentioned in the article that he wants to do both.... steve taylor does it so there seems to be a precedence. foekler voted like bolander would have probably voted so the end result would have been the same.
vocal local 1 August 29, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Think again. Here we have a man who obviously was in the mix on the who will be mayor when Bolendar died. There was a big negative decision to be made that would have put him out of grace with all not just the few that watch him in action. He, Larry Haskins and our City Administrator met prior to asking Al Foekler to do the dirty work. Wonder what he got or made for that dirty deal? I thought Mayor Scaffidi was a democrat the way he was supporting Gun Control and hob nobbing with Biden didn't he even meet the democratic president and isn't he a member of the council of Mayors against guns. Remember, he also has to win Franklin and So. Milw. A switch hitting middle of the road persona that confused the public is now running on the republican ticket??? Think about this. Absolutely no transparency with Stevie. We still have not been granted the opportunity to ask critical questions about the cost of the Sikh incident. No, I don't think the public will buy him. So. Milw. and Franklin residents pay closer attention and I really don't think he is going to pass the scrutiny when tough questions are asked and he's backed into a corner and exposed.
vocal local 1 August 29, 2013 at 09:11 PM
For general information. Alan Foekler was not the first choice to do the dirty delphi/drexel square deal. Another was first choice but declined considering how hot the fire was. The fall out is still a major point of dispute in the community. The council and Mayor have gambled and aren't doing very well in administration of the city. They've made some really bad choices in their dealings with WisPark. You, and the general public don't know the half of it.

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