Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Oak Creek-Franklin School Board member, defeated in Tuesday's mayoral race, said he remains worried about the future of Oak Creek.
Mark Verhalen, who fell short of the Oak Creek mayor's office for the fourth consecutive time Tuesday, said he congratulates Steve Scaffidi on a good race but cautioned the city on the direction it is headed. "I hope these guys know what they're doing because based on the votes at the Common Council meeting last night, I see everyone is walking in step with borrowing a heck of a lot of money," he said. Verhalen was referring to the council's votes -- just a few hours before the polls closed -- to move forward on a tax-incremental financing district at the former Delphi site and approve a set of land swaps involving Delphi and the Civic Center property. "What they're planning on doing is unprecedented in the history of the city and I would …
Friday, March 30, 2012
The two candidates sat down with Oak Creek Patch to talk Delphi, lakefront and more.
In video interviews with Oak Creek Patch, mayoral candidates Mark Verhalen and Steve Scaffidi lay out their ideas for the city. Patch asked each candidate why they decided to run for mayor, what they see as the city's biggest challenge, their vision for Delphi and the future of the lakefront. For more coverage on the mayor's race and all other races on the ballot April 3, check out our Election Central page.
Verhalen opposed to exchanges involving Oakwood, Civic Center and Delphi site; Scaffidi is in favor.
Several issues that could play a huge role in the future of Oak Creek have come to the forefront in recent weeks and months. Wouldn't you know it, they also coincided with a busy election season that includes a race for an open mayoral seat, forcing candidates to take stands and cast votes. There was already plenty of contrast between Oak Creek mayoral candidates Steve Scaffidi and Mark Verhalen to give residents a true choice when they head to the polls Tuesday, and these issues have provided even clearer distinctions. One was the Feb. 7 vote to move the library and city hall to the Delphi site, 7929 S. Howell Ave. Scaffidi said he supported only moving the library there, while Verhalen favored keeping both buildings where they are. The …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The two mayoral candidates take part in Thursday night debate at Oak Creek Community Center.
Just 12 days before voters head to the polls, candidates for Oak Creek mayor Mark Verhalen and Steve Scaffidi debated the issues Thursday night at the Oak Creek Community Center. The candidates touched on a range of topics, from the financial challenges facing the city, their vision for the former Delphi property and the possibility of selling Lake Michigan water to Waukesha. They also hit on a few well-traveled issues, including the location of the library and the 2010 eminent domain controversy surrounding Earl Giefer. The forum lasted just less than two hours in front of about 45 people at the community center, plus other residents who watched from home on Oak Creek Patch's live stream. If you were watching the Badgers or enjoying the …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Steve Scaffidi and Mark Verhalen will debate at the Oak Creek Community Center.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Patch will broadcast event live online.
The two candidates left in the race for Oak Creek mayor, Steve Scaffidi and Mark Verhalen, will participate in a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the Oak Creek Community Center. Just like the forum before the primary, the event will be broadcast live on Oak Creek Patch and residents can participate at home by submitting questions through the site. Questions are reviewed by an independent panel, to ensure they pertain only to city of Oak Creek issues, and then placed in a drum and randomly chosen. Look for more on the forum as the event gets closer.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
City clerk notes that new poll book law is still in effect.
A Dane County judge's decision to temporarily halt the voter identification law could cause confusion for Oak Creek residents going to the polls April 3. Particularly given that the law was in effect during the last election on Feb. 21, Acting Oak Creek City Clerk Christa Miller said. "When laws are implemented and then changed or suspended it can cause confusion," she said. Miller said residents could also confuse the photo ID law injunction with another new law, which is still in effect, that requires voters to sign a poll book. "These two items are independent of each other as they were brought forth under two different laws," Miller said. "So while voters will not have to comply with the photo ID law, they will still be required to …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Michalski comes in third and is eliminated.
Oak Creek Alderman Steve Scaffidi swept all six voting districts in Tuesday's mayoral primaries and will face School Board member Mark Verhalen in the general election April 3. According to unofficial election results, Scaffidi captured 49 percent of the vote (1,686 votes). Verhalen finished with 32 percent of the vote (1,095). Alderman Tom Michalski finished third with 19 percent (669) and was eliminated. Results remain unofficial until the Board of Canvassers meets Wednesday. Voter turnout was 18 percent. Scaffidi said he was happy with the results and plans to keep his campaign on the same track in the run-up to the April election. "I felt like I was all over the city," he said. "I talked to a lot of people. I think I did what I needed…
Roeske, Launstein advance in clerk's race.
Check right here all night long as we bring you the latest election results live from Oak Creek City Hall. Additional reporting provided by John Meise. 10:55 p.m. And that will do it for the live blog...we'll be back tomorrow for some more coverage. Thanks for reading. 10:53 p.m. Steve Taylor (46%) and Ken Gehl (29%) will move on in the race for county supervisor. Donald Schwartz (25%) was eliminated. 10:17 p.m. Scaffidi: "Extremely happy. I felt like I was all over the city. I talked to a lot of people. I think I did what I needed to do to get my message out. I think people for the most part agreed with my take on the issues. I had a lot of volunteers that helped out. The weather cooperated and I was able to get out and talk to people. "…
Monday, February 20, 2012
Residents will decide which candidates will advance to the April 3 general election.
Voters heading to the polls in Oak Creek Tuesday have multiple races to decide. The most high-profile race is for Oak Creek mayor. Mark Verhalen, Tom Michalski and Steve Scaffidi are vying to replace the late Mayor Dick Bolender. Go here to see all of our mayoral coverage, including a video of a recent candidate forum, and find out where the candidates stand on the issues. Residents will also vote in the city clerk's race, which features Catherine Roeske, Suzette Emmer and LeAnn Launstein. Here's a closer look at each candidate. Most of Oak Creek, with the exception of a portion on the north end of town, will vote for Milwaukee County supervisor. Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor, Oak Creek Alderman Ken Gehl and Hales Corners Village Trustee …