Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
In early September, Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor (above) informed city workers and Franklin aldermen via e-mail he would not be running for a fourth term in April 2014.
"I am making this announcement today so that a smooth transition may occur and in order to provide a much advanced notice to department heads and employees, as well as to the public," Taylor said.
Taylor told FranklinNOW he had considered his retirement for more than a year.
I have always liked and respected Mayor Taylor. I’ll never forget working with him, the Common Council, Citizens for a Safe Wisconsin, Senator Mary Lazich and state Representative Jeff Stone on issues to protect not only Franklin but the entire state from sex predators.
On March 11, 2010, Taylor was one of many speakers who gave the state Assembly’s Committee on Corrections and the Courts an earful at a public hearing on a poorly advised and designed bill to eradicate the 100-plus local ordinances in place around the state to restrict where released sex offenders can live and congregate. Taylor challenged the committee, suggesting that if an Open Records request was done, he wondered how many, if any correspondences the sponsors of the legislation had received imploring them to pursue the matter.
Similar bills in the Assembly and Senate went nowhere.
During his tenure, Taylor demonstrated Franklin doesn’t need a full-time mayor. I would submit the citizenry doesn’t want one.
About the race to fill the mayoral seat, Taylor told FranklinNOW, "We have some outstanding individuals. We are loaded with great people, and I think they would do a very good job. The only question is how much time and commitment they have. I have been doing this mostly full time on a part-time pay. That's been just fine with me."
In early November, Milwaukee County Board Supervisor and Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor announced his decision to run.
About a month later, former Franklin alderman Steve Olson threw his hat into the ring.
I’ve heard former Franklin alderman Basil Ryan is also interested in the job.
This promises to be a hotly-contested, fascinating race.
In other Franklin election news from 2013, the city got two new aldermen. And our area got a new state Representative.
Also, Franklin blogger Bryan Maersch has reported Franklin School Board President Janet Evans will run for Alderman in District 4. The seat is currently held by Steve Taylor. Oh my.
THE TOP 10 FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2013
2) TOM TAYLOR DECIDES NOT TO RUN
3) WE LOSE MEIJER, BUT GAIN THE ROCK
4) CITY POINTS FINGER AT $CHOOL$...RIGHTFULLY SO
5) FISCAL FOLLIES AT FRANKLIN SCHOOLS
6) HUGHES HITS 800
7) FRANKLIN SABERS GO TO STATE
8) THE FIGHT LED BY FRANKLIN NEVER ENDS
9) TURN OFF THOSE DAMN LIGHTS!
10) I TAWT I TAW A PUDDY-TAT