How can someone firmly entrenched in government represent a “new generation of leadership”?

Local conservative Bruce Schuknecht, who is currently employed as the City of Cudahy’s Accountant/Finance director, is running for Mayor of Cudahy. In an of itself that’s not terribly surprising, given the fact that Schuknecht’s run for mayor has been Cudahy’s worst-kept secret for the past several months.

If you’re like me, you are concerned about the future of our City. More than ever we need a new generation of leadership who is not afraid to make the hard decisions that need to be made to ensure that our City grows and prospers.

I will rely on my education (Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Business Administration) and experience (1st District Alderman 2001-2004 and City Accountant/Finance Director 2005-present) to help formulate solutions to problems facing our City.

With that being said I am formally announcing that I will be entering the race to be the next Mayor of Cudahy. I am not running against current Mayor John Hohenfeld but I am running for and to represent the citizens of Cudahy.

It is my goal to operate the City in a businesslike manner, to retain services for the citizens, and most importantly to listen to the people’s concerns and suggestions.

After securing the necessary amount of signatures to place my name on the ballot, I will begin to pound the pavement introducing myself and seeking opinions, advice, and ideas from the citizens of our City.

I look forward to meeting with residents throughout the community as my journey begins to become the next Mayor of Cudahy.

After reading Schuknecht’s posting on CudahyNOW, I can’t help but agree with him that Cudahy needs a new generation of leadership that isn’t afraid to make the hard decisions that need to be made to move Cudahy forward. However, I do take issue with Schuknecht’s apparent assertion that he represents a “new generation of leadership” for Cudahy. After all, Schuknecht has been a part of the Cudahy political establishment for over a decade, serving as an alderman from 2001 to 2004 and then by serving as Cudahy’s City Accountant/Finance Director since 2005. Bruce Schuknecht doesn’t represent a “new generation” of Cudahy leadership; he’s representative of the status quo.

Part Time County Job Available: Supervisor Jursik To Retire

County Supervisor Pat Jursik has announced that she will not run for re-election in 2016. Here’s the whole story from JSOnline:

Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik will not seek re-election in April to a third full term on the County Board.

Jursik has represented the 8th District communities of St. Francis, Cudahy and South Milwaukee since she was elected in a special election in August 2007. She was re-elected in April 2008 and 2012.

Jursik announced her retirement in a newsletter distributed this week to constituents.

A district resident interested in running for the 8th District seat in the April 5 spring election can file a campaign registration statement and begin circulating nomination papers on Dec. 1.

Jursik is a former chair of the County Board’s economic and community development committee. She currently serves as vice chair of the judiciary committee and is a member of the finance committee.

Those of you in her district have a chance to be involved in county politics…unfortunately she isn’t giving anyone much time to put together a campaign before the period for circulating nomination papers begins. And that’s a shame. Because I am sure there are some interested parties who wouldn’t run against the incumbent but would love to run for the open seat.

Cudahy alderman calls residents “dip-shit dumb dumbs” (VIDEO)

In yet another example of Cudahy’s elected officials behaving badly, Fox6 News is reporting Cudahy alderman Jason Litkowiec sent out an internal email calling Cudahy residents who didn’t follow rules pertaining to curbside pickup of trash “dip-shit dumb dumbs.”

Kahle was working on his garden last week. It is a memorial to his son, Elliot, who passed away six years ago. Kahle ended up with a big pile of old lumber, and he dragged it to the curb for a special, city-wide garbage pickup for special waste.

“Maximum length is four feet. I had two pieces that weren`t, so they didn`t pick up anything,” Kahle said.

Kahle chopped down the pieces of lumber to meet the city’s size requirement and the lumber still wasn’t picked up, so Kahle called his alderman Richard Bartoshevich.

“There were some emails sent out internally at City Hall,” Kahle said.

Bartoshevich says he provided copies of an email fellow Alderman Jason Litkowiec sent in response to the situation.

“Direct it to the dip-(expletive) dumb dumbs who cannot read, comprehend or follow simple instructions,” Kahle said as he read the email for FOX6 News. “The days of coddling those who can`t , don`t or refuse to follow simple instructions are over. We do not have the time and resources to change diapers for whiners and complainers anymore.”

What’s remarkable is that Ald. Litkowiec didn’t bother to offer even a token apology for his disparaging remarks, and one can only wonder if that’s because he thinks so little of the residents he serves that he can’t be bothered to apologize for a complete lack of tact and civility.

Here’s video of Fox6’s report on Ald. Litkowiec’s disparaging remarks.

City of Cudahy passes new language banning discrimination based on gender identity/expression

At Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, the Cudahy Common Council voted unanimously to approve new language to Cudahy’s existing Fair Housing and Human Rights ordinance. The new language would prohibit discrimination based on “gender identity or expression” as well as sexual orientation. As the press release below notes, Cudahy becomes the fourth community in Wisconsin to have such an ordinance, and they were the first community to pass such language unanimously.

Here’s the press release:

Press Release issued pertaining to new language in Cudahy's non-discrimination ordinance

Obviously this is great news for Cudahy, but I will admit I’m surprised the changes passed unanimously, given the presence of at least one “ultra-conservative” on the Common Council. After all, many conservatives have fought tooth and nail against non-discrimination ordinances/laws, so color me surprised (not to mention pleased) that “ultra-conservative” Randy Hollenbeck took such a progressive stand in favor of an issue many conservatives have stood against.

VIDEO: Zach takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By now you’ve no doubt heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit the ALS Association that’s gone viral, helping raise over $41 million to help fund ALS research.

On Wednesday, I found out I was challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge by Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt, and in the interest of raising awareness (and hopefully a little more money), I’m posting my Ice Bucket Challenge video here for you all to watch. I hope watching me douse myself in ice cold water will inspire you all to visit the ALS Association’s website and make a donation, because it’s certainly a worthy cause.

So here’s the video of me taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, along with my three challenges.

Please consider taking a moment to visit ALS Association’s website and make a donation to help fund ALS research.