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Wausau mayor's race set

Wausau city hall
Wausau city hall

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple will face only one challenger in his bid for re-election this spring.

Tipple and City Council president Ed Gale were the only two candidates to file nomination papers by Tuesday’s deadline. The two will square off in the general election April 3rd.

Three other candidates, including former City Council member Matt Kaiser, had taken out paperwork or inquired about the position. But none of them turned in nomination papers.

Tipple is a two-term mayor who told voters in late September that he wants another four years in office. He said he will continue to aggressively work to bring new jobs to the city.

Voters first elected Tipple in 2004, helping him unseat incumbent Mayor Linda Lawrence. Tipple beat former City Council member Deb Hadley in 2008.

Gale said in November that the race would be about who can re-engage citizens in the community.