Last week Ray Harmon, public servant and candidate for the Milwaukee Common Council in District 9, wrote a letter asking incumbent Alderman Robert Puente to participate in a debate.
“I’m running for alderperson in District 9 to bring real positive change to Northwest Milwaukee,” Harmon said. “For too long, Northwest Milwaukee has resided in economic and civic obscurity, and I believe there are questions the citizens of District 9 would like to have answered.”
“I believe it is appropriate and fair for the citizens of District 9 that we adequately display to them the options they have for leadership in their district. I hope the current alderman will respond to my request for a debate, and I look forward to publicly discussing the changes that need to occur in District 9.” The letter is shown below:
Dear Alderman Puente, I feel our constituents deserve the option to ask the candidates some questions and hear about our respective plans for Northwest Milwaukee. That is why I’m writing you—to invite you to participate in a forum before the April 3rd election.
I feel a political forum can help the voters in District 9 adequately decide the type of future they would like to see for the District. Let’s both agree to the League of Women Voters or the Brown Deer Chamber of Commerce’s offers to participate in a debate or candidate forum.
I know District 9 can see a bright future as an economic and cultural center, and I believe we all need to work together to achieve that vision. I hope that we can meet in a forum or debate to display our respective ideas to the many interested citizens of the District.
I look forward to your response, and hope we can come together to serve the best interests of the citizens in District 9.
Candidate for Milwaukee Alderperson District 9
Ray Harmon grew up in Milwaukee where he learned the values of hard work and community service. He has spent his career as a public servant, having served as a legislative assistant for the city and county governments, with the Milwaukee Urban League, Neighborhood Schools Initiative and the administrations of former Governor Jim Doyle and former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. He has overseen programs for crime reduction, economic development, affordable housing, parks, libraries, public works and civil rights. A heart transplant recipient, Ray is a volunteer for the Wisconsin Donor Network and other health care charities.