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The future of La Crosse is on the ballot

Scott Robert Shaw

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Finally, today is election day. It has been a long few months for the two candidates for Mayor of La Crosse. Not long by federal election standards, but both Vicki Markussen and Mitch Reynolds have knocked on lots of doors, attended lots of events and participated in plenty of debates. Both candidates have worked hard to earn your vote. And we are fortunate to have two qualified candidates on the ballot. Whoever wins will be guiding the city for the next four years. What they may not fully know is that it can be a long four years as Mayor. Just ask the outgoing Mayor, Tim Kabat. He recently told us that one of the biggest surprises was the demands of the job and his time. The mayor is essentially always on call. Kabat was gracious enough to stop by our studios regularly to answer questions about the important issues of the day, and we hope whoever wins today will do the same. Even though voter turnout is only expected to be about 26% in today’s election, you can still help that number go higher. In Wisconsin, you can register at the polls with the proper paperwork. If you have any questions about where you vote, or what is on the ballot, you can visit www.myvote.wi.gov. So get out and vote today, and you can help decide La Crosse’s future.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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