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Letters to The Platteville Journal for Jan. 16
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Not running, but …

As many of you know I was one of the first to throw my hat into the ring as a candidate for alderman for the Platteville Common Council.

I have attended most meetings and voiced the opinions that I felt were your opinions and you agreed with me.  When you saw me after the meetings, in the streets of Platteville or at various functions in the city, you told me you liked what I had said and I thank you.  It was a great feeling to see some of you drive down Chestnut Street and stop when you saw me to tell me you admired my questions at the last council meeting.

In October I had to return to New Jersey to take care of some personal business and I found myself in between a 150-year hurricane and two Nor’easters. It was a very frightening time and to be without electricity for 14 days did not help matters at all as well as living in a motorhome.

After we got electricity back I was then able to address the other reason I went to New Jersey, and that was to have an operation to replace a knuckle on my right hand. That in itself was not too concerning, but as anyone who has gone through an operation, you must also go through a pre-operation physical.

It was at the time that my doctors, my primary care physician and surgeon took me on the side and suggested that I do not run for any Common Council position at this time. The blockage in my arteries could not be determined in its entirety but it is there and I should not risk the chance of doing any further damage.

I want to pledge to the citizens of Platteville that I will continue to go the council meetings and make our voices known and do what I can as your advocate.

I have noticed that there are four people running for the seats of Alds. Steven Becker and Michael Dalecki, and I applaud those who have taken the time and interest in the City of Platteville to challenge them. It is time that we, the citizens of Platteville, take back our city and run it like the great city it is.

I will also be looking at the additional candidates for Common Council and I let you know if I feel that there is someone I can support and will ask you to support them.

If the good citizens of Platteville feel that they want me to represent them as your alderman at large all you need to do is write in my name and if elected I promise you that I will serve.

If you have any comments or suggestions that you would like me to know about or questions you want to have asked of the current council, please send them to me at and I promise you a response to the question and the response that I receive from the city council.

Thank you all for your support.

Michael V. Mayo
375 S. Chestnut St., Platteville

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