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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

April 2 election takes dramatic turn

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Greg Peck
March 22, 2013

Too many Janesville residents haven’t noticed that the season has changed. Yes, winter is over, even though all those snow piles suggest otherwise. That means the spring election is coming. It's just days away.

You wouldn’t know it from driving around most city neighborhoods, where signs supporting candidates would typically sprinkle spring yards with hues of red, white and blue. It’s tough to plant signs in snowbanks.

Janesville residents must sit up and pay attention. The April 2 vote has taken a dramatic twist. When we elect four council members that day, we’ll be choosing a majority of leaders who apparently will help hire Janesville’s next city manager. Eric Levitt appears about ready to take a job in Simi Valley, Calif. Couple that with the resignation March 15 of Vic Grassman as economic development director, and our city has big decisions ahead.

Assuming Levitt does leave, what sort of characteristics would you suggest Janesville seek in its next city manager?

In our editorial Sunday, we’ll share more perspective on the pending loss of Levitt and why city voters must pay close attention to the ballot choices April 2.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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