I can remember that George Wallace, the Alabama Governor who, to be fair, did eventually jettison his segregationist ways, made inroads nationally as a presidential candidate, and set the stage for the new Republican South by campaigning against the federal guvmint, social spending and pointy-headed bureaucrats.
Waukesha’s future water supply, economic development and taxes are likely to be among top issues during the campaign.Waukesha is looking to develop its future water supply because of a drawdown in the aquifer and a court order to reduce radium levels in the water by June 2018. The Common Council will be asked in March or April to submit an application to receive Great Lakes water to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The DNR needs to approve the application, as well as the other Great Lakes states.The city is looking to receive water from Milwaukee, Oak Creek or Racine.Nelson has said in the past that the water issue is one of the most crucial issues facing the city. He has said he hopes to collaborate with Waukesha Water Utility general manager Dan Duchniak in the city’s quest to receive Lake Michigan water.Scrima, on the other hand, has questioned if receiving water from another community will cause Waukesha to lose its sovereignty“Do we want to be subservient to them?” Scrima said about a contract with Milwaukee during a Feb. 10 mayoral forum. “Do we want to play second fiddle?”Scrima has proposed the city use a variety of resources, including deep and shallow wells, the Fox River and quarries to provide drinking water for the city residents.Nelson said during the Feb. 10 forum that Scrima’s idea to blend a variety of sources would end up being more costly than Lake Michigan water. He also pointed out that the mayor does not vote on contracts and the final decision is up to the Common Council.“Our council would never agree (to a water contract) that gives up sovereignty,” Nelson said.