With a proven ability to work with others and not beholding to special interest, I have the experience to drive compensation and benefit reform to address the County’s long-term liabilities without impacting staff and service levels, And as a Council member where we have not raised taxes for four strait years and driven projects with significant tax base and job creation, I have the skills to successfully and independently represent the 9th Milwaukee County Supervisory District. – Ken Gehl
Imagine you as a Franklin voter wanted to actually see, have access to, and get more information about the candidates of both your very own Franklin Public Schools Board of Education along with the 9th District County Supervisor race. So as a public service, something they have done several times before for the April elections, the GrandSons of Liberty, a conservative but non-partisan group from Franklin sponsors a Candidate Forum to make this happen.
This past Tuesday, all four School Board candidates came at 6:30pm at the Root River Center in Franklin where the forum was held. About 30 people were in attendance for this forum, included in the audience were, the Mayor of Franklin Tom Taylor, Alderman Ken Skowronski, Superintendant Steve Patz, Board members Deb Larson, Jeff Traylor and Melissa Klein even former member Mary Karolewicz was there. All the candidates had a chance to speak and give the audience the opportunity to see what they stood for.
When the forum ended at about 7:15pm, Larry Gamble the moderator announce that the County Supervisor forum would be next and start at 7:30, however, Alderman Steve Taylor would not be in attendance until later as he had another commitment. This was despite the fact that Taylor had acknowledged that he would attend the forum when he was invited weeks before. Offended by Taylors discourtesy many people left out of disgust.
Oak Creek Alderman Ken Gehl answered about 8 questions that were asked by the moderator. Since there was only one candidate available the questions were opened up to the audience. Back and forth discussion went on directly with Ken until out of the back of the room Steve Taylor makes his appearance.
Steve Taylor apologized for being late but then did a 360 and turned on his host Larry Gamble to blame him for Taylor’s bad behavior.
Here is what came next:
After this tirade other members of the audience left vowing not to vote for Taylor. Additional arguments broke out between Taylor and the audience. When it came down to a summary, Taylor said there was only one difference between himself and Ken Gehl. That he, Steve Taylor had been on two other governing bodies in La Crosse and in Minnesota.
Most people that stayed said there was one more difference. Ken Gehl showed patients and the capability to work with others on County Board without getting agitated. This is something we are going to need for our next County Supervisor, someone who can work WITH the other board members for Oak Creek, Franklin and Hales Corners. Not a hothead like Steve Taylor who can’t even get along with his fellow alderman or the citizens of Franklin.
Franklin, WI – On Tuesday, March 27th at the Root River Bowling Center in Franklin; the Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty is hosting another Candidate Forum this time for both the Franklin School Board election and the 9th District County Supervisor.
This is a moderated event and the last chance residents will get to hear the candidate’s views and positions before the election.
Root River Center is located near the corner of 76th Street and Rawson Avenue in Franklin at 7220 W. Rawson Avenue.
Franklin School Board Forum begins at 6:30pm and will last for 1 hour.
Janet Evans (Incumbent) – Confirmed
Donald Petre – Confirmed
Aimee Schlueter – Confirmed
John Paul Thompson – Confirmed
County Supervisor Forum begins at 7:30pm and will last for 1 hour.
Digging through my last years video archives of the April 2011 Aldermanic candidate forum, I found this clip. You know the one where Steven F. Taylor promised to serve the voters in Franklin’s 4th Aldermanic District before he decided to run for 9th District County Supervisor just months later.
Below is some video to let the residents of Oak Creek, Hales Corners and of course Franklin know what he really feels. Read Steve’s campaign literature and compare his vision for Oak Creek then and Oak Creek now. In a current interview with Express Milwaukee Taylor now states “ The 27th Street corridor, which lies in the district, has the potential of $2 billion in tax base and could become southeastern Wisconsin’s medical epicenter. ”
In this video you will hear Steve Taylor state:
I don’t represent Oak Creek! I wasn’t for DUMPING a half a million dollars to build an interchange in Oak Creek (Taylor is referring to Franklin paying $500,000 for lighting and streetscaping for the 27th Street Corridor). They got what they wanted! You wonder why there is no more communications with Oak Creek.
Sounds like Steve Taylordoesn’t like Oak Creek or what the City of Oak Creek does.
Later on Steve Taylor states:
Does Hales Corners NEED their own Fire Department? Look at the size of that community!
Enjoy and Think about it! Pass it on to your neighbors.
Consider this … Notorious Big Spender, Steve F. Taylor of Franklin, candidate for 9th District County Supervisor seat is bragging to who ever will listen that he spent $20,000 for all his big signs and brochures for his 1,996 total votes which only assures him a chance to run in the April election. That comes out to about $10 a vote for Steve. Steve was the first to come out with his signs back in January if you remember that far back. He started working on his campaign back in the summer of 2011. Since then he has taken on local developer Jim OMaley as his campaign chair attempting to raise even more money for a job that pays $50,000 a year as a County Supervisor. On top of that, I have been told that not one of his fellow Alderman or the Mayor have contributed to his campaign. In fact, I have also been told that Mayor donated his money to another candidate.
Now lets look at the top opposition vote getting winner, Alderman Ken Gehl of Oak Creek who also one a place on the April ballot with 1,238 votes. Ken started his campaign about two weeks ago with several small signs and a mailer (which I received). It looks like Ken spent in the area of close to $1000 for the primary. That comes out to under a buck a vote.
Hmmmm, who spent the money more wisely?
Which one of these candidates has more respect for spending hard earned money?
Which of these two candidates is more respected in their communities?
If you look at the political history of the two candidates, and I know you will over the next few weeks. I think you will see that Ken Gehl will be the one you will be casting your vote for come April.
On February 21, 2012 you will have the opportunity to narrow the field of three candidates for Milwaukee County Supervisor in the 9th District. The only two choices for honest, competent, candidates for this position, are Ken Gehl of Oak Creek and Don Schwartz of Hales Corners. After doing a complete background search on the three candidates, I found that only these two have clean political records, are honest, and most of all competent. Both Ken Gehl and Don Schwartz also have a proven track record of getting things done.
Please consider one of these two candidates when you vote on Tuesday. gehl
Of course there is always this JOKER! Nah, no one could be that clueless!