Superior Mayoral Candidates Face Off in Debate

Five Candidates Answer Community Questions

For the first time this election season, all five candidates for mayor of Superior faced off in a community forum organized by the voters themselves.

Improved infrastructure, economic development, and fighting the battle against heroin were big topics of conversation for Superior’s mayoral candidates.

Five qualified candidates faced off in a Wednesday evening debate.

A handful of them are born, raised, and educated in Superior.

Each candidate got a chance to tell the community their plans to move Superior forward.

Candidates included Kalee Hermanson, current city councilors Mike Herrick and Greg Mertzing, Douglas County board member Jim Paine, and current Mayor Bruce Hagen.

Hagen called the debate unconventional because it was organized by two community members.

Either way, the incumbent focused his arguments on his success as mayor so far.

“Twenty-four million dollars in construction this past year plus about $100 million in manufacturing construction,” said Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen. “I’ve had the tax rate zero for four years. In fact it’s 1.8 percent less than it was four years ago.”

When asked about the candidates Hagen said they were young, and said experience is good but results are better.

County Board Supervisor Jim Paine is just one of the candidates with big plans for the position.

Paine hopes his mission to update infrastructure, and create a rental reform is part of his long-term vision.

“We’re working for a four year term but really we want to leave groundwork for a long future,” said mayoral candidate Jim Paine. “I think a young experienced educated candidate is exactly what we need.”

There’s one thing all the candidates agreed on and it’s that the city is moving in the right direction, but needs a bigger push to make sure Superior lives up to its name.

Another public forum for mayoral candidates is Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Superior Public Library.

The primary election will narrow ti down to two candidates on Feb. 17.

The big vote for mayor is April 7.

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