Nellie Pater will seek a second term as mayor of Tomah.

Pater was first elected mayor in 2016 and will run for re-election on a platform of economic growth.

“It has been my pleasure to serve as mayor of our city the past two years,” Pater said. “We have seen positive business growth in our industrial park and the I-90 corridor, adding more jobs and tax base. We have plans in place to revitalize the downtown. Our tax rate is stable, keeping spending in line with valuation, growth and tax dollars available.”

Pater served on the city council nine years before her election as mayor. She was born and raised in Chicago. She came to Tomah in 1993 after her job in the U.S. Army was transferred from Fort Sheridan in Illinois to Fort McCoy.

She succeeded Shannon Hough as mayor in 2016. Hough filed for re-election but withdrew after the ballots were printed, and Pater prevailed over Hough and three write-in candidates in the general election.

Pater said Tomah is a strong community and a good place to raise a family. She and her husband, Tony, have three children.

“Tomah is a healthy community that offers excellent schools, great businesses, city services and parks and recreation programs,” she said. “I would like to continue on this same path, support an indoor swimming pool, create policies that require out-of-state property owners to keep their properties updated and ensure there is adequate housing, transportation and city services for families, retirees and senior citizens.”

If three or more candidates file, a Feb. 20 primary will determine which two will advance to the April 3 general election.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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