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Town of Waukesha to hold chairman debate night before election

After Facebook exchanges, Van Scyoc, Marek will square off at Town Hall

March 29, 2013

It will be last minute, but there will be a debate between Town of Waukesha Chairwoman Angie E. Van Scyoc and challenger John Marek.

About 12 hours before Town of Waukesha residents will cast a vote for the chairman position (the election is April 2), the two candidates will hold a debate at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, W350 S3567 Center Road.

The debate, set up through a string of Facebook correspondences between Van Scyoc and Marek, was finalized on Friday morning with the Town clerk.

Having a debate and in what setting has been a hot topic with the Town candidates in recent weeks.

Van Scyoc had invited Marek to meet her from 4 to 6:30 p.m. the past two Thursdays at Town Hall to address questions from residents.

Marek did not attend saying he wanted to have a debate with a moderator.

With no debate formalizing as the election neared, the two finally took it to social media.

While the two were addressing messages Marek and others posted on his personal Facebook election page over the last couple of days, a debate was set up for Monday.

Former Town of Vernon Supervisor and Chairwoman Karen Schuh, chosen by Marek, will be the moderator for the debate.

Schuh was going to contact both candidates Friday with the debate rules. Schuh, herself, is running for the Vernon clerk position.

While the race is coming to an end in four days, it will be the first time the two are meeting in a debate forum. 

Van Scyoc wanted to hear from Marek at a recent Town Board meeting in regards to one of his claims on Town finances. In a tense exchange, Marek told her he wasn't going to address her.

The two do not see eye-to-eye on many issues, including the water service map in regards to the City of Waukesha's future water and sewer service area.      

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