Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Peterson is write-in for Tomah mayoral seat

The mayoral race for Tomah has another candidate.

Pete Peterson, a former Tomah City Council alderman and present Monroe County Board supervisor, registered as a write-in candidate Feb. 5. Peterson is the second write-in candidate. He is joined by Romberto Remy Gomez.

Both men are seeking the seat along with incumbent Shannon Hough, who is seeking a second term, and city council member Nellie Pater. The election is April 5.

Peterson called the present situation at Tomah City Hall the "tipping point" for his decision. He is referring to Hough's ongoing allegations of a "hostile work environment" at City Hall. Hough cited the allegations in January.

The Tomah City Council has held two closed sessions in regard to the allegations. A third closed session is scheduled when the council meets Tuesday night.

“We have a lot of good things happening in our city," Peterson said. "I support our city administrator and feel he is doing a good job."

Peterson is the county supervisor for Dist. 12. He was on the county board from 2004 to 2008. He was one of eight supervisors recalled in 2009 for the controversial stance to build the Monroe County Justice Center on county owned land east of Sparta.

Peterson ran successfully again in 2012. He was re-elected in 2014 and is running unopposed for the seat in April. If elected Tomah mayor Peterson said he would "contemplate" resigning his county board seat due to the heavy meeting load required.

Peterson is aware of the workload holding dual public service seats entails. From 2008 to 2010 he sat on the Tomah City Council and Monroe County Board. He was council president from 2009 to 2010. He ran unsuccessfully for Tomah mayor in 2010.

Peterson feels he has a strong pulse on city business. He was a co-chair for construction of Tomah's Veterans Memorial. He is active with American Legion Post 201. He is a volunteer driver for the Tomah Neighbor For Neighbor Food Pantry, Faith In Action and Tomah VA Disabled American Veterans program.

Peterson leans on his supervisory and city council experience to serve as mayor. Peterson said he spearheaded initiatives to hire a county administrator and downsize the Monroe County Board from 24 to 16 starting April 16.

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