Marshfield Professional Firefighters, Local 1021 and Professional Police Association Endorse Bob McManus for Mayor
On Wednesday, March 14, members of Marshfield Professional Firefighters, Local 1021 (MPF) and Marshfield Professional Police Association (MPPA) endorsed mayoral candidate Bob McManus. (Both organizations are separate from Marshfield Police Department and Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department, respectively.)
McManus is running against Tom Witzel, currently District 6 Alderman, for Mayor. These endorsements come after both candidates were interviewed by both organizations this past week.
In a press release issued today, McManus wrote “As I stated early on in my candidacy, Public Safety is at the top of the list of what local government should provide. I am completely in tune with the Firefighters issues of being supported and being properly staffed.”
McManus was honored to received the endorsement, which he felt is a reflection of his commitment to public safety. “I am very clear on our Police Officers immediate issue of communication with radio transmissions. These are immediate issues that needs resolution,” he said. “I believe my passion for this city is evident and compelling.”
A spokesperson from MPF said, “Bob has experience in public safety and understands the resources it takes for us to protect our community. He has shown the willingness to speak with people throughout the city to gain a better understanding of a topic situation.”
Marshfield Professional Police Association (MPPA) was not available for comment.
Witzel, who recently retired as a volunteer after serving Marshfield Police Auxiliary for several years, respected the organization’s decision to endorse McManus.
“I have always and will continue to support the Marshfield Police Department as well as the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department,” he said. “The work they do is an incredible asset to the community. The decision of the Police Association is their own, and I respect it.”
Marshfield Community Television is hosting a Mayoral Candidate Debate at the Marshfield Community Center on Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00pm that is open to the public. (On Wednesday, 21st, there will be a School Board Candidate forum at 7:00pm at the Community Center.) These are the last chances before the election on April 3 to meet and ask questions of those running for local office.
Stay with us as this story continues to develop.