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Medinger officially enters La Crosse mayoral race

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - John Medinger, a former La Crosse mayor, is running for the city's highest office once again.

It's been eight years since Medinger held the office.  He served two terms from 1997 until 2005.

Before he was mayor, Medinger spent 16 years in the state assembly. Most recently he's been working for Senator Herb Kohl.

In the lobby of City Hall Friday afternoon, Medinger says as mayor, he wants to work on the poverty rate in the city, but he says the economy will be priority one if he is elected.

"I think the national economy is coming back and if the country's economy is coming back, it's time for La Crosse to rock and roll on some of these issues," Medinger said. "We need to reach out to current employers and to reach out to new employers to bring to the area. And, we have some areas that need to be developed that have been sitting idle for some time and we need to make those high priority areas to get moving on."

The three others in the race so far are city council member Chris Olson, Randy Mango and Randall Czapiewski.

Candidates must file nomination papers by January 2. If more than two candidates file, a primary will be held on February 19 to narrow the candidate field to two. The general election will be in April.

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