Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
“In Franklin, the race to watch is the Franklin School Board, where incumbents Janet Evans and Judith Bialk face four contenders: David Works, John Thompson, Aimee Schlueter and Donald Petre. The seats carry three-year terms. A primary is needed to whittle the number of candidates down to four.”
So we’ve got a crowded field. It’s good to see such civic-minded interest. How do/should voters narrow down the choices? For me, it’s quite simple.
We all want the very best education system possible for our children. I believe that’s entirely attainable without breaking the bank. The overwhelming majority of the Franklin Public Schools administration and Franklin School Board, unfortunately, in my view, has the stark opposite view. Fiscal responsibility is a concept that is foreign to them. One school board member practically admitted it during a public meeting.
The candidates I will vote for:
1) Must comprehend that they work for the taxpayers who historically have been extremely generous to our school system.
2) Must, at the very least exhibit some skepticism about the inevitable referendum the current administration is exploring and demonstrate that they haven’t automatically, totally bought in to the idea.
3) Must not have the notion that the school board is one big happy harmonious hand-holding Kum ba yah – singing kaffeeklatsch.
4) Must not have a disappointing history of promising fiscal restraint only to, once elected, become a big tax and spender. That eliminates candidate David Works, making the decision process even easier.
Whoever wins needs to remember that unlike any other time in Franklin’s history, people are paying close attention to their elected officials. What you say and do matters.
UPDATE COMING THURSDAY