Association looks to make public safety an issue in upcoming city elections
BY EILEEN PERSIKE
The Rhinelander Professional Police Association (RPPA) has announced the formation of a political action committee and will be endorsing local candidates for city office in the upcoming spring elections.
“We’ve been talking about doing this for a few years,” RPPA president Kyle Parish said. “Because of how high profile this race is, we decided it was a good time to be part of the process instead of being on the sidelines.”
The PAC has been registered with the state of Wisconsin and the city of Rhinelander. The group will be sending each candidate running for the Rhinelander City Council and mayoral race – including candidates that may be running as write-ins, questionnaires in the next few weeks and will make their endorsement based on the candidate’s answers.
“As our community looks toward the future, it’s important that the interests of the law enforcement community are adequately represented,” Parish said. “People need to appreciate the fact that in order for Rhinelander to continue growing, public safety is a key factor, and having the right partners working toward that goal is critical.”
The RPPA is a member of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, which represents nearly 11,000 members from more than 375 local associations.