Mayoral candidates to take part in forum

3 contenders meeting at SCMS Feb. 13

Leader Staff

City of Shawano voters will have a first-hand opportunity Feb. 13 to hear the city’s three candidates for mayor express their views and present their positions in a public forum scheduled ahead of the non-partisan primary election.

The 2018 Shawano Mayoral Candidates Forum, presented by The Shawano Leader, WTCH Radio and the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, will feature incumbent Mayor Jeanne Cronce, retired businessman Jim Oberstein and Ed Whealon, retired Shawano chief of police, in a candidates’ forum at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St. in Shawano. The event is free and will be staged in the school’s LGI from 7-8:30 p.m.

Shawano voters will head to the polls in the Feb. 20 non-partisan primary election with the top two vote-getters then facing off in the city’s general election on April 3.

Cronce and Oberstein faced off in the last Shawano mayoral general election in 2016 when Cronce edged Oberstein 1,434 to 1,290. Whealon’s campaign for the city’s chief executive post marks his first foray into politics. Whealon retired as the city’s police chief in 2014 following a 34-year career with the police force, the last 12 serving as the city’s top law enforcement officer.

The forum will be moderated by Chuck Dallas, president of iConsult, Inc., a business management and tax consulting practice. Tim Ryan, veteran Shawano Leader reporter, and Vance Exner, WTCH news director, will comprise the panel questioning the candidates during the forum.

Additionally, the public has the opportunity to participate directly in the forum by submitting questions, in advance of the event, for consideration by the panel in its interaction with the three candidates. Individuals interested in submitting questions for consideration can either direct their queries to or, or in person at The Shawano Leader, 1464 E. Green Bay St., Shawano, or WTCH Radio, 1456 E. Green Bay St., Shawano.