City Council President candidates debate issues

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- In less than a month voters will head to the polls to choose who will lead the Eau Claire City Council.

The Eau Claire City Council President is voted on every three years. The race will put current City Council President Kerry Kincaid up against City Council member Monica Lewis, who was elected to the council last year.

Tuesday night the two women laid out their goals and highlighted what they would like to see in the future at a candidate forum.

“People have asked me why I want to run for City Council President since I’m already on the council and the answer is simple. People need leadership for a change,” Monica Lewis said.

“My message is leadership should be a force for the common good. I’ve carried this message with me through all the years,” Kincaid explained.

On the April 1st ballot, incumbent Kerry Kincaid and challenger Monica Lewis will go head to head.

Also on that ballot, the choice to vote yes or no to a referendum question on the proposed Confluence Project. That topic is something that divides the candidates.

“I think it will bring pride to the city and become a landmark for the next 100 years, a landmark for the next generation. I think it capitalizes on a cluster we already have in our city,” Kincaid said.

“My biggest concerns with the Confluence Project are actually after its built.” Lewis said. “We still don’t know who is going to own this. We don’t know what percentage of the cost is going to be assigned to whoever the owners are going to be.”

As for the future of the city, both candidates are pushing for change. Lewis says she is looking to the public for input.

“There is a lot of diverse issues in this city and we have to make sure we are listening to them all and we really are making the best decisions for everyone in the city,” Lewis said.

While incumbent Kerry Kincaid hopes to tackle specific issues like job growth, poverty, public transportation and sustainability if re-elected for another term.

“There is no reason in our city that we can’t tackle those issues in our city,” Kincaid said.

As for the issue of the referendum, both candidates added while they do differ in opinions on the matter they hope voters consider their stances on other issues when heading to the ballot box.

Again, both the referendum question and the seat for Eau Claire City Council President will be voted on April 1st.

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