And then there were two.
Lake Geneva mayoral candidates Charlene Klein and Tom Hartz ousted incumbent Alan Kupsik during the February 20 citywide primary election, setting the stage for a tight general election on April 3.
According to LG Regional News, the vote total on February 20 was:
This means only 875 of the 3,500 registered voters in Lake Geneva casted their vote in the primary. That’s only 25%! The people of Lake Geneva have a big decision to make – it’s important that all LG residents come out and make your voice heard!
The Lake Geneva Regional News is hosting ONE MORE public forum on Thursday, March 15 at the Lake Geneva Public Library. This is likely the last time the two candidates will appear together at an organized public event until the general election on April 3. About 70 community members attended the first public forum on January 25, with questions related to 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. Unsurprisingly, a hot topic was the future of Hillmoor.
You can still view the full video of the January 25 forum on Regional News’ Facebook Page [CLICK HERE]. We also provided a time-stamped outline of the forum in our recent blog post. We encourage you to watch the video before the next forum and submit follow-up questions for Tom and Charlene to address on March 15.
Click the image below to learn more about the March 15 forum and let us know you’ll be there!
So, who are these potential mayors?
Charlene Klein refers to herself as a civic activist who currently serves as President of Horticultural Hall. On her campaign fundraising page, Klein notes she has been an active member of the Geneva Lake community for years. She has served as president of Historic Maple Park Homeowners Association, is currently an organizer for the Friends of Hillmoor group and recently partnered with Black Point Estate and Wisconsin Historical Society for the district lantern tour. She also opens her home, Steppingstone on Wisconsin Street, for historic tours during the summer months.
Tom Hartz is a business man and no stranger to public service. He served on the City Council from 2010 to 2012 and currently heads the LG police and fire commission. He also owns Simple Café in Lake Geneva, which was featured in this Milwaukee Magazine article a few years ago.
We hope to see you on March 15! But you don’t need to wait until then to engage with the candidates. Connect with them on Social Media! Below are links to each of their Social Media pages.
Tom Hartz: Facebook: Tom Hartz for Mayor
If you have any questions for the candidates, please send them our way! What are their plans for Riviera Beach? The Hillmoor property? Will they raise parking rates? What will they do to preserve the Geneva Lake community? These are some questions we encourage you to ask. Care for Lake Geneva will submit questions to be asked during the public forum. Submit any questions through email at email@example.com OR send us a message on Facebook [click here].
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