Five of six candidates running for three contested races on the Racine Common Council pitched their ideas around reducing the unemployment rate, keeping and attracting business, and helping city residents.
The Racine Taxpayer Association and the Racine County Eye sponsored a candidate forum Wednesday night at Gateway Technical College to help voters learn more about the candidates’ positions. The election will be held Tuesday.
Districts 2, 4 and 6 have contested races. Here’s who is running:
2nd District Alderman
- Mollie Jones (i), 1900 Franklin St.
- Robert L. Anderson, 1638 Main St.
4th District Alderman
- Tracey Larrin, 1228 N. Wisconsin St.
- John Dunk, 210 Barker St.
6th District Alderman
- Sandy Weidner (i), 2310 Thor Ave.
- Jeffery Peterson, 1516 Westwood Circle
Larrin had a prior engagement out of town and was not at the forum.
Candidates were asked how they would help further reduce the city’s unemployment rate. The unemployment rate in Racine was at 6.1 percent in January compared to 11.6 percent in Jan. 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the city’s unemployment rate remains one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.
The candidates also answered questions about whether the city should borrow money to pay for some city wages and benefit costs associated with parks and public works capital improvement projects, supporting the CVS building project, and protecting Lake Michigan.