Lake Geneva Mayor Race 2018

The mayoral race is heating up!

The Lake Geneva Regional News reported that about 70 people came out to the Lake Geneva Public Library on January 25 for a 90-minute public forum with candidates Charlene Klein, Tom Hartz and incumbent Alan Kupsik.

Thank you to all who made your voice and presence known! As we approach the February 20th primary, it is critical that we engage with the candidates and learn where they stand on key issues.

Unsurprisingly, the future of Hillmoor was a central point of discussion during the recent forum – “the $64 million question,” according to Mayor Kupsik. Candidates fielded several questions about Hillmoor, including their thoughts on using imminent domain to help the city take back the property.

All three stated they were open to that idea. Charlene Klein stated “I am for preserving Hillmoor.” Tom Hartz stressed that a citywide conversation was necessary to determine the most responsible future for the property, and Mayor Kupsik reiterated that he is “willing to listen to anyone that would come forward with a development, whether it be a developer with residential homes […] or it would be a developer who would like to turn that into a golf course or a park or whatever.”

Other questions for the candidates involved the mayor’s role in promoting tourism, concerns over short-term vacation rentals, rising parking costs, filling budget gaps and overall plans to keep good-paying jobs in Lake Geneva.

If you were not able to attend the forum, Lake Geneva Regional News posted a Facebook-Live video of the entire event and provided a nice review of the discussion in this article. You can still view the video on their Facebook page [CLICK HERE]. We encourage you to watch the whole video, but to help you track issues most important to you, we marked time stamps below for each topic/question addressed and the order in which candidates answered.

***REMEMBER The citywide primary is Tuesday, February 20.*** That will narrow the field to two candidates who will come together for another mayoral candidate forum on Thursday, March 15. Learn more about this event HERE on the Care for Lake Geneva Calendar Page. This all culminates on Tuesday, April 3 when we elect the next mayor of Lake Geneva!

Here at Care for Lake Geneva, we are proud to see a growing number of community members engaging with our leaders and taking action to protect what makes this area so great. It is important that we make our voices heard where it matters the most: THE BALLOT BOX. According to Walworth County, only 1,733 residents (approximately 46% of LG registered voters) casted their vote in the 2016 mayoral election. Only 3,746 of Lake Geneva residents are registered to vote, which is less than 40% of the total population. Let’s turn that around! Make your voice heard - together, the people of Lake Geneva will select the mayor who will lead our community for the next two years. 

Visit the City of Lake Geneva website to learn how to register! Share with your neighbors and friends!

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January 25 Forum Timeline

[Lake Geneva Regional News Facebook Video -> CLICK HERE to view]

Opening statements – 5 min  – 12 minutes 

Alan, Tom, Charlene

MODERATOR QUESTIONS

What is the most important job for the mayor of Lake Geneva? 12 min – 16.5 min 

Tom, Charlene, Alan

What is the Mayor’s role promoting city’s tourism industry?17 min – 20 min 

Charlene, Alan, Tom

What is your plan for Hillmoor Golf Course? Redevelopment/preservation? 21 min – 27 min

Alan, Tom, Charlene  

SUBMITTED QUESTIONS

The state now permits homeowners to rent their properties for short-term vacation stays. Does this concern you? Would you state contingencies? Name them please and specify how the city could oversee compliance. 28 min – 32 min 

Tom, Charlene, Alan

How will you plan for future generations to ensure that they too are interested in living in and visiting Lake Geneva? 33 min – 38.28

 Charlene, Alan, Tom

How do you measure success as a mayor?38.30 min – 43.48 min

Alan, Tom, Charlene

35 years ago, parking costed 10 cents per hour. This year some parking will cost $2 per hour, a 2,000% increase. Inflation during those 35 years is 160%. With each budget shortfall, do you think the city should always go to raising parking rates? 44 min – 49.45 min

Tom, Charlene, Alan

[combined questions on Hillmoor] Would you like a referendum on Hillmoor? Would you support the city using imminent domain to take back the property? Please elaborate further on your vision / wishes for Hillmoor. 49:50 min – 57 min

Charlene, Alan, Tom

How are each of you uniquely qualified to lead Lake Geneva into the future, creating a city that is inclusive and exceptional for all residents? 57 min – 1 hour, 2 min

Alan, Tom, Charlene

What are your plans to help bring industry to Lake Geneva? 1 hour, 2 min – 1 hour, 8 min

Tom, Charlene, Alan

How would you propose filling budget gaps? 1 hour, 8 min – 1, 12 min

Charlene, Alan, Tom

What makes lake Geneva different from other Geneva Lake area towns & how would you plan to keep it that way OR change it? 1 hour, 12 min – 1 hour, 19 min

Alan, Tom, Charlene

As the city prepares to repair and update the Riviera structure, do you favor any changes in how that property is utilized? 1 hour, 19 min – 1 hour, 24 min

Tom, Charlene, Alan

Closing Statements 1 hour, 25 min – 1 hour, 30 min

Tom, Charlene, Alan

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