Former Wausau Mayor Robert Mielke

By Shereen Siewert

Mayor Robert Mielke will make a public announcement Monday regarding his future political plans, according to a news release entitled “Mielke for Mayor.”

Wausau Mayor Robert Mielke

According to Campaign Manager Don Bric’s release, the media and community are invited to attend. The announcement will take place at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 on the front steps of City Hall, 407 Grant St., Wausau. The alternate rain location is in City Council Chambers, just inside the building.

In the most recent mayoral election held in April 2016, current Mayor Rob Mielke defeated Jay Kronenwetter for the seat by a 1 percent margin.

Two people have already filed candidacy papers signaling their intent to run for the position. The Wausau mayor earns an annual salary of $74,851 plus benefits.

Katie Rosenberg, who currently represents Dist. 1 on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors, filed candidacy paperwork in April. Rosenberg has already begun campaigning by holding a launch party and marching with supporters in the Sept. 2 Wausau Labor Day Parade.

Katie Rosenberg

Chris Norfleet, who is co-founder of the local advocacy group, People for the Power of Love, and a key participant in the Toward One Wausau community project, filed his paperwork in May.

Chris Norfleet

Nomination papers or declarations of candidacy for April elections are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 5, 2020.