- Wednesday night Alex Young, the sole candidate running to be Rhinelander's next mayor, told the community why he is the right person for the job. There were supposed to be three candidates until an issue with campaign papers came out.
"I think that I've got experience that I've gained from my years of involvement in different levels of government that I can bring to bear on the office for the mayor," said Young, who spend over ten years as a city councilman.
Young was the only participant in the forum at the Rhinelander District Library Wednesday. But it wasn't supposed to be that way.
On January 11, City Clerk Val Foley announced Christopher Frederickson and Scott Counter's candidacy papers were invalid.
Each candidate had to collect at least 50 and not more than 100 signatures from city residents. Frederickson and Counter did that, but they certified the pages before many individuals themselves signed the nomination papers.
Young was the one who found the mistakes.
"I think it's unfortunate that those errors led us to where we are today. But I think paying attention to details is important and especially the nomination papers are literally the most important documents to get your name on the ballot," said Young.
Even though Young was the only one at the table, Frederickson was in the audience, listening to what Young had to say.
"I have high resolve and I don't plan on quitting," said Frederickson.
Frederickson said he is disappointed he made the mistake. While he couldn't participate in the forum, he still plans on entering the race.
"[I'm] still fighting to be on the ballot. I have an appeal in with the state ethics commission, they are in review of it," said Frederickson.
Frederickson wants to see more engagement with the community and the city government.
Young wants the voters to have a voice in the process and knows that candidates will likely run write in campaigns. Until then, he will just continue spreading his message.
"I'm going to do my best to continue to talk about the things that are important to me and the things I would look forward to doing. If there are other candidates that are looking at pursuing a candidacy through the write in process, [I]suppose that's their right to do and I look forward to the race," said Young.
Frederickson said is still fighting to get on the ballot, but will still run as a write in candidate if his appeal is denied. Counter told us last week he plans to run as a write-in no matter what.