WAUSAU (WAOW)-- Mayor Jim Tipple and Common Council President Ed Gale both hope to lead the city of Wausau for the next four years. The two went head-to-head in a public debate Wednesday night.
Both candidates say they have big plans for the city, and took on numerous issues during the event held at UW-Marathon County.
A major topic--jobs. Tipple and Gale both discussed ways to bring them to the area.
"We use job postings that saved us a lot of dollars with the county and we collaborate a lot right now and we need to collaborate a whole lot more," the mayor said.
Gale added, "the other thing we need to do is work with our local businesses and have them identify to us those businesses that will compliment the work they do."
But the two opponents clashed over leadership style.
"I'm not a cheerleader. I'm down and dirty. I get in there, I get involved," Gale told the crowd. But Tipple rebutted, "My management style is not micro-managing the process like I think my opponent would like to do."
Both candidates were eager to point out shortcomings in each other's public service. They even debated a recent debacle over who should manage the city's crossing guards that had the city eventually changing course.
"Because it caused a, you know, firestorm we have changed the procurement policy and so anything over 5,000 dollars I believe needs to go through all committees," Tipple said.
"As soon as I knew that we were paying more, then we started asking more questions," Gale said.
Alderman Gale told Newsline 9 he hopes to bring more openness to Wausau's government, while Tipple said a third term in office would allow him to continue to make the city better.