Delafield Chamber of Commerce Board President Scott
Steinhorst said he is disappointed there won’t be a final
mayoral forum before the April 1 election, since candidate
Kent Attwell declined to participate.
dates were proposed to Attwell, Steinhorst said, which at
first the candidate said he couldn’t make, and then he said
he only wanted to participate if the event was in an open,
town hall style.
contacted by phone and email Wednesday afternoon, Attwell
responded that he was at his son’s basketball game and
wouldn’t be able to comment until Wednesday night or
Thursday, after the reporter’s deadline. When an email
response was sought, Attwell didn’t respond.
Michele DeYoe said she first learned about the Delafield
Chamber of Commerce’s plan right after the Feb. 18 primary
election and expressed her willingness to participate.
for openness and transparency,” she said about Attwell.
“I will do
it now. I will do it any time. I would do it any place,”
said he heard from Delafield business owners who are
disappointed that the forum has been called off.
the chamber first attempted to schedule the debate for March
20, but Attwell had work commitments and said the following
week was better. When contacted about participating in a
debate on March 25, Attwell said he couldn’t, Steinhorst
doesn’t want to participate at all,” Steinhorst said.
to understand why a candidate would turn down this
opportunity, he said.
certainly a lot of interest in the community to have a final
debate between the two candidates,” Steinhorst said. “There
were a lot of business members that were looking forward to
Delafield Chamber of Commerce didn’t feel it was appropriate
to have a forum with only one candidate, he said, “which is
unfortunate for Michele, who was willing and able.”
and DeYoe are seeking the mayoral seat that will be vacated
by Ed McAleer who is not seeking re-election. They beat two
other candidates, Jeff Krickhahn and Al Zietlow, in the