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Characteristics to look for in city’s next mayor


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - It was the words, "I will not seek election to a second term in this office," that leaves the city of La Crosse in need of a leader.

After only one term serving as the youngest mayor the city ever has seated, Matt Harter said he will not seek reelection.

"I can't speak for Matt, but I did have a sense over the last year or so that he wasn't having fun, and you have to enjoy your job. I know it's tough sometimes, you got to fight with the city council, there's people out there, they're saying bad things about you," said John Medinger.

Medinger served two terms as mayor of La Crosse from 1997 to 2005.

He knows the job is not a simple one and said all candidates must be ready to serve the city at any moment.

"The job of the mayor is seven days a week. It's not (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)," Medinger said. "You work nights, you work Saturdays, you work Sundays, (and) you get phone calls in the middle of the night."

Establishing a relationship with the city council is an important one, as well, said City Council President Audrey Kader. La Crosse's next mayor needs to be big on compromise, she added.

"Our job, whether it's mayor or council members, is to look at issues, hear the other people's positions and rarely does anybody win 100 percent of what they wanted," Kader said.

According to Kader, the mayoral candidate needs to be a manger. The mayor handles a staff of more than 300 city employees.

The only declared candidates for the mayor's seat are Washburn Neighborhood Association Chairman Randy Magno, and Randell Czapicwski.

Czapicwski filed his application Monday afternoon.

Medinger and Chairman of the La Crosse Republican Party Julian Bradley both said they're not ruling out the option of putting their names on the ballot.

Voters will elect a mayor in April 2013.

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