Madison (WKOW) -- Former Madison school board member Nancy Mistele told 27 News she intends to run for Dane County Executive against incumbent Kathleen Falk and other challengers.
"We need expedited action on public safety," Mistele told 27 News, in citing her primary reason for intending to run for the post. During the past year, a call from the cell phone of a UW student murder victim was mishandled by a 911 operator, and months later, another dispatcher failed to prioritize two calls about a disturbance at a Madison park, with police officers only sent to the park more than a hour later in response to a fatal beating victim.
"Kathleen Falk's poor judgment cost a couple of lives," Mistele said. A past study of 911 Center needs had called for an immediate increase in staffing. Falk has said a graduated increase in center staffing was appropriate. Falk currently supports additional 911 Center staff positions and upgrades in center technology.
Mistele's intention to run was first revealed on Mitch Henck's radio program on WIBA-AM.
There's a January deadline to file candidate papers to run for the County Executive position next spring.
In response to Mistele's candidacy, Falk campaign coordinator responded:
"Nancy Mistele has extreme positions. When she ran for State Senate she was the candidate of WMC which heavily financed her campaign. Voters will have a clear choice: Kathleen Falk's record of fiscal integrity, investing in public safety, environmental stewardship and great human services and Nancy Mistele's record as the WMC-financed candidate of extreme positions."
Falks campaign also responded to Mistele's allegations of poor judgement, by saying:
"It is shameful and shameless of Nancy to exploit the loss of life as a political talking point. This kind of reckless, WMC-style tactic is deplorable."
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