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Eighth candidate announces for La Crosse mayor, as Kabat reflects on his 2 terms

Brad Williams

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A former candidate for state Senate has joined the mayor’s race in La Crosse. 

City records show that Paul Michael Weber has declared as the eighth candidate in the April election to succeed retiring Mayor Tim Kabat. 

Weber ran in the Democratic primary for the 32nd District Senate seat in August, and lost to Senator-elect Brad Pfaff.   

The top two candidates in the February primary for mayor will advance to the April ballot.

La Crosse’s outgoing mayor has advice for whoever wins his job in the future. 

Tim Kabat, who announced a month ago that he won’t seek a third term, says you may not know what to expect.    

On WIZM’s La Crosse Talk, the mayor said the job demands “100 per cent of your mind, your body, and your spirit.” 

Although he was prepared for criticism, Kabat is surprised by the negativity and “nastiness” of the comments in social media.

“The social media for us became just very negative on no matter what city issue there is. It just seems like there’s a lot of that,” said Kabat.    

He said it also surprises him, practically every week, to learn what city residents call the mayor to complain about.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.