Superior Mayoral Candidates Battle in Radio Debate

Candidates Voice Opinions Days Before Primary Election

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Failing infrastructure, the crime rate and better housing were main talking points at Thursday evening’s Superior mayoral candidate debate.

It’s one of the last chances candidates have to voice their opinions before Tuesday’s primary election.

Five candidates have thrown their name in the hat for mayor of Superior

They are Superior Planning Commissioner Kalee Hermanson, Douglas County Board Supervisor Jim Paine, former Superior City Councilor Greg Mertzig, current City Councilor Mike Herrick, and incumbent Mayor Bruce Hagen.

“I found that there’s a lack of family friendly activities in the area,” said candidate Kalee Hermanson. “I felt that it’s important that we need to bring those to Superior.”

Thursday’s debate was put on by KUWS and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Candidates answered multiple questions about changing the image of downtown, how to best utilize the $28 million yearly budget, and their plan to bring businesses and families into Superior.

“The drug use. I think that’s even prominent in Duluth right now and that’s a big concern,” said city councilor and candidate, Mike Herrick. “Also the infrastructure and continue with economic growth.”

Many candidates believe Superior is moving in the right direction, but needs a little push into the future to bring the city to its full potential.

They also agree Superior needs a louder voice at the capitol in Madison.

“With every decision that we make here in Superior going forward the consideration has to be, how will this affect the working class and the middle class families?” candidate Greg Mertzig asked.

Another debate featuring all five candidates will be Saturday February 14 at 11:00 a.m. at the Superior Public Library.

The primary election narrowing it down to two candidates is Tuesday February 17.

The spring election is April 7.

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