Ed Gale will challenge Tipple in race for Wausau mayor
WAUSAU (WAOW)--Jim Tipple will face at least one challenger in his campaign for a third term. Common Council President Ed Gale has thrown his hat into the race.
Gale told Newsline 9 heated debate surrounding the outsourcing of crossing guards at Tuesday night's budget hearing pushed him over the edge. "How do you outsource and privatize 18 employees without the council knowing about it?"
Wausau police decided earlier this year to outsource crossing guards to a California company without council approval. Gale said he disagrees with that decision and now wants to be mayor to change things. "We need to re-establish the council as the policy maker for everybody," he said.
Mayor Jim Tipple said he welcomes the competition. But Tipple said the crossing guard situation has been blown out of proportion and should not have been a part of Tuesday's meeting.
"My goal was to finalize the budget the crossing guard issue, in my opinion, is ancillary to that," he said.
Gale also said he is joining the race because he wants more community involvement in council decisions--including the budget. "How in the world can we as leaders of our community ignore what people are asking us for?"
Tipple said he has tried to listen to the people through surveys and personal conversations.
Voters will get the chance to choose who they think should lead the city in April.