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.