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Saturday, June 08, 2013

 12:05 PM 

Dickert: Dems focused on the future

Racine Mayor John Dickert said Democrats are focused on the future and need to be ready to make tough decisions that reflect their values.

Republicans, he said, are more concerned with the next election.

Dickert said Racine faced high unemployment and crime when he ran for mayor. He said he and his wife decided that they wanted to make the city a place where their then-8-year-old son would want to return to when he left for college in ten years.

Within a few years as mayor, he said, he worked to help 11 businesses expand, crime dropped to a 40-year low and with the help of stimulus money, the city began rebuilding its infrastructure.

Dickert said the process of rebuilding involves three principles: investing in education, investing in infrastructure and building on assets.

But rebuilding, he said, requires commitment and tough budgeting decisions.

“Budgets made in difficult times not only reflect our values, but our moral compass,” he said. And while Democrats are not perfect, “our compass is pointed to true north.”

He asked delegates if they were ready to fight for their children and the future, to which they replied, “yes!”

“So am I,” Dickert said. “Lets get to work!”

 -- By David Wise

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