LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- The second place vote getter in the Tuesday night mayoral primary was former councilman Doug Farmer.
Farmer served as the councilman for the 10th District from 1987 until 2012, when redistricting moved his home outside the district boundaries. Farmer credits his experience on the council with helping him advance from Tuesday's primary.
"I think there are people who want to see City Hall function and they know we need experience and that's what I have to offer," Farmer said. "The mayor has only two powers: one is the veto and you're not going to build anything with that, and the other is moral authority. It's a weak mayor strong council system of government and unless you have a relationship with the council, you're not going to be going anywhere, you're not going to get anything done."
If elected Farmer says lowering taxes and revitalizing neighborhoods will be at the top of his agenda.
"We have to get our budget under control because there's no denying our property taxes are making it very difficult for us to keep people in the city," Farmer said. "And that ties in to neighborhood preservation which I've worked very hard on for the last 20 years. And, if we preserve the neighborhoods, we preserve the tax base and we can start bringing those taxes down."
As he heads in to the general election, Farmer says he plans to continue door knocking and meeting with voters.
"I'm reasonably optimistic," Farmer said about his chances in April. "I'm happy to have made it. With 11 candidates, I told my family at dinner this is only a 50/50 chance. With 11 candidates it's very hard to predict how that will work, and very happy with that and look forward to it."
Farmer faces Tim Kabat on April 2.
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