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City Council Member Jessica Olson

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What is your top priority?

Olson cites 3 top priorities. “First, we need effective, empathetic and focused leadership to manage our recovery from the pandemic. . . Second, we need safe and affordable housing to be accessible to all. And, we need to address the growing number of people in our homeless population with solutions that are both humane and cost-effective. And third, we need to improve public engagement and transparency.”

What is the City’s most urgent economic issue?

“Recovering from COVID is our most urgent economic issue right now. And we must work together to get the pandemic under control and to begin recovering from it. And we must prioritize economic assistance to our local businesses and ensure that La Crosse’s downtown is healthy and thriving.”

What is your assessment of community race relations and policing in La Crosse? Do you think improvements are necessary and if so, what would they entail?

Younger residents led on this issue last summer. “And they spoke very hopefully about our potential for change for the better. As mayor, I want to do everything I can to foster their leadership development, to keep them involved, and to harness their passion and energy to help us build a better vision for our city. Everyone in La Crosse deserves to feel safe. And our police officers have a very dangerous and stressful job. We are thankful for their professionalism and their courage. We must continue to invest in our police department and ensure they have the best possible training for our officers.”


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - One of the candidates for La Crosse mayor said Monday she has turned in her nomination papers to run in next year's elections.

Jessica Olson, who currently is the Councilwoman for the 8th District, is the first candidate to do so.

In a statement, she said she collected 279 signatures in less than a week. She said she got the signatures using safe and socially distanced techniques.

To appear on the ballot, each candidate needs 200 signatures.

“The response has been overwhelming,” Councilwoman Olson said. “La Crosse residents are eager for new leadership, better ideas, and leaders who have the experience and skill to tackle the challenges we face. I am humbled by the support I am receiving, and I look forward to the campaign ahead.”

Two other people have announced their candidacies to replace current Mayor Tim Kabat who said on December 1 he wasn't seeking another term.

La Crosse business owner Greg Saliaras and Council President Martin Gaul said they've taken papers out to run for mayor.

Kabat's term as mayor ends in April 2021.

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Learn more about the other candidates for La Crosse Mayor:

Katherine Blanchard

Martin Gaul

Zebulon Kemp

Joe Konradt

Vicki Markussen

Mitch Reynolds

Greg Saliaras

Sam Schneider

Chris Stolpa

Find information here for voting in La Crosse

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