Ryan McCue, the current mayor of Cudahy, is up for reelection in 2010. As a new resident of Cudahy – albeit one that’s not completely unaware of what’s been going on in Cudahy – I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’ll vote when it’s time to go to the ballot box for local elections.
So what I’m wondering is if Mayor Ryan McCue deserves another term in office. What has he done as Mayor to merit being given another term in office? At the risk of sounding like Randy Hollenbeck, I can’t name a single significant accomplishment of Mayor McCue’s. Sure, he handled the fire at the Patrick Cudahy plant well, but what else has Mayor McCue done? I know one of planks of then-candidate McCue’s mayoral platform was, “Encourage Positive Economic Development,” but quite frankly, I haven’t seen a lot of positive economic development in Cudahy since Ryan McCue was elected mayor. There’s no doubt that could be in large part due to our nation’s economic downturn shortly before George W. Bush left office, but I still find it hard to believe the lack of new economic development in the City of Cudahy is completely due to the economy.
So if Ryan McCue doesn’t deserve another term in office, then who should Cudahy’s voters elect to serve as mayor? Thus far, the only candidates who’ve announced they’re definitely running to unseat Mayor McCue are Kevin Fech and Tony Day, but I expect to see at least one more candidate jump into the race. Day, whose campaign treasurer is Bob Jursik – husband of County Supervisor Pat Jursik – seems to have locked up the support of the Cudahy “establishment,” but having read a little about Kevin Fech, I’ll be curious to see what kind of campaign he runs.
I’ll try to get interviews with each of the Cudahy mayoral candidates once the field takes shape, so keep your eyes peeled!