We are just days before you the voters in Franklin decide who will go head to head for Mayor of Franklin on Tuesday February 18th. The top two vote getters will go on to the April 1st (April Fools Day) general spring election.
Most people in Franklin are oblivious to this primary election, and could care less. I am hoping to change your mind and motivate you to get off of dead ass to vote. This is especially important as this election will affect your property taxes and how this city is perceived by State, County and other local governments.
This is where there are major differences in the three candidates that are running for Mayor of Franklin.
First off is Steve Olson, who held office as a Franklin Alderman from 1998 through 2001, moving to another district in Franklin and was Alderman there from 2004 through 2013 when he chose to retire from his aldermanic seat. Olson has served on most of the committees in the city which he has compiled a vast amount of knowledge of how the city runs.
As a fiscal conservative he’s been a strident defender of the taxpayer by offering many cost saving measures and attempts to reduce the spending within the city. He voted against increased spending in each of the city budgets over the last 8 years. Yet is a prime supporter of the police and fire departments which keeps Franklin a safe city to live in. Olson is known throughout the State of Wisconsin for his work to promote Franklin’s Sexual predator ordinance, that has kept our children safe.
So why should you vote for Steve Olson for Mayor of Franklin? He knows the city and its’ residents. He’s got a long history with how the city developed and has a great vision of where the city should go. He’s thoughtful. He knows he works for the constituents. He knows that tax money is the peoples’ money. He has his interests focused on the city not political office. He’s a business man that thinks in a logical businesslike manner. He’ll use his skills to bring more business here and to manage the affairs of the city.
Then you have Steve Taylor, known on this blog as AlderVisor Taylor. Taylor came to Franklin with political ambitions in mind. Taylor has only been in Franklin since 2006, was appointed to the Environmental Commission (the least applied for commission) in 2007 and proceeded to use that appointment to run for Alderman in 2008. One of the early attempts at political stepping was his push to make the job of Franklin Mayor a full time position. He was the only person on the council who supported this idea, which many purport was his eventual intention to seek the Mayoral position. This ended with both Mayor Taylor and the vote by the City of Franklin Taxpayers rejecting the idea, Taylor was angry. Since Steve Taylor could not make ends meet with his job selling insurance and aldermanic pay, he ran for County Supervisor in 2012. Little did he know that the State legislature was about to drop the anvil on his proverbial head to make Milwaukee County Supervisors a part time position with pay to match.
Since then Steve Taylor toyed with running for State Representative Honadel’s 21st District Assembly office when Honadel retired early, just to find out that the Republican Party had already chosen a much more solid candidate in Jessie Rodriquez. Not about to waste his new wife’s inherited money, the Aldervisor decided not to run for that office.
Now comes Mayor Tom Taylor’s decision not to run for office this April. Steve Taylor (Tom Taylor will testify under oath that there is no relationship) has decided to run for both Mayor and Alderman of his district in the April 1st 2014 spring election, hedging his income in case he does not win Mayor. So he is also running for Alderman of his district (MayorDerVisor Taylor?).
Steve Taylor has admitted that since his indiscretion of trying to politically damage County Board Chairwoman Dimitrijevic, he lacks the influence to get Milwaukee County support for projects in Franklin.
Taylor is notorious for a history of temper tantrums on the Franklin City Council. He publicly stated at a Common Council meeting bragging that was just the way things are, that there are just people on the council that he won’t get along with (read disagree with him).
We don’t need a wannabe professional politician that is just using the position of Mayor of Franklin as a stepping stone for his political aspirations because he doesn’t really want to work for a living.
That leaves us with the third candidate Basil Ryan. Many Franklin residents have never heard of Ryan and those that have (namely voters in the 4th District), remember how they ousted Ryan in a recall election, replacing him with Peko Pete Kosovitch.
Ryan ran last election against Mayor Tom Taylor and was soundly beaten despite the litigious actions brought against Mayor Taylor. Taylor did pay the $10,000 price of loans he made to himself for the campaign.
Realistically what most voters that can remember about the time that Basil Ryan was Alderman in the 4th district, were the ruckuses that were common place in the Council Chambers at the time. I certainly remember it as a 25 year resident and was happy to see him go.
Simply said, voters would rather have Basil in their spaghetti sauce than at City Hall!
I am urging you to vote on Tuesday February, 18th and to Vote for Steve Olson for Franklin Mayor unless you want Franklin to become THE laughing stock of the southeastern suburbs.