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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Kristen Wilhelm or Ray Lenz in Franklin Aldermanic District #3?

My alderman is Kristen Wilhelm. I have never supported her. Too liberal and too much of a tree hugger for my blood.

Her opponent tomorrow (Tuesday) is Ray Lenz. Lenz, according to FranklinNOW “serves on St. Martin of Tours' parish council and is a member of the church's Human Concerns Committee. He is a member of the Franklin Historical Society.”

Very nice. And I’m sure he’s a nice guy. You know what? I know a lot of nice people. But I would never vote for them.

I live in Ray Lenz’s district. He needs my vote Tuesday. Not that I’m any great shakes, but I have a blog that reaches thousands. As I post this, I have not received a knock on the door, a campaign literature piece (brochure, pamphlet), an e-mail.

Hello! You, I’m sure, would like my vote! Wouldn’t you like to do something, a smoke signal, anything, to get to me??!!!

So how can I learn anything about Ray Lenz, Claude Raines (for really, really young folks that would be the actor who played “The Invisible Man”), Kristen Wilhelm’s opponent on a milk carton?

I turned to journalistically-challenged John (I think it’s a story because the person I talked to was nice to me) Rasche of FranklinNOW, who at this point in his young career might best decide if he should sell insurance instead.

Rasche spoke to Ray Lenz (He really does exist) about a Rasche piece on how the candidates stood on the issues. Ooohh.  Now there’s something compelling and original.

I’m all ears. I’m about to find out what Ray Lenz stands for. Could Kristen Wilhelm be in for a fight?

Wimpy question by Rasche. Even wimpier response by Lenz.

From Rasche’s article:

Lenz's platform is simple: He will listen to the people.

"I have been asked 'What is your hot button issue?' Well it really doesn't matter what I want or need or think is important, it is what the people of the district want or need or think is important that matters. It is your job as alderman to see if those things are obtainable and what is the best and most fiscally responsible way to achieve those goals."

Are you kidding me?

I know Lenz is a political newcomer, but that’s not only lame, it’s really dumb.

When you run for office you must have a stand on issues, real specific and clear and easy to understand.

You can’t just wimp out and say, “Well, gee, I’ll listen to what the people have to say.”  That tells me nothing.

Running against an incumbent? Give voters a reason to take her out. And that means hard, specific, detailed reasons.

As for Kristen Wilhelm, I can tell you she personally along with others in of city government got heavily involved in trying to resolve a serious nuisance issue in my subdivision last year. Responsiveness to constituents goes a long way.

I’ve also noticed that Wilhelm pays great attention to every issue, asking thoughtful questions at meetings, seeking all pertinent information before she votes.

She’s still a liberal. She’s still an enviro. But she’s more fiscally conservative now, in my view, than she was when she first took office.

I also think she will work well with Steve Olson if he’s elected mayor. I can’t say the same if Steve Taylor is elected mayor.

For the first time, I believe Kristen Wilhelm has earned her re-election.


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