MIDDLETON, Wis. — The Middleton Good Neighbor Competition kicked off Friday night time with the intention of celebrating comradery in the neighborhood, however controversy was shortly sparked by a giant announcement.
For the primary time within the pageant’s historical past, elected officers wouldn’t have the ability to stroll within the parade. The announcement got here after conservatives made complaints, wanting GOP candidates to take part given that each one Middleton-area elected officers are Democrat.
For many years, the three-day pageant has allowed elected officers who serve in Middleton to participate within the annual parade so long as they don’t marketing campaign. Moreover yard indicators and Middleton Mayor Gurdip Brar, this 12 months, the parade hosted none of these officers.
“I don’t give away sweet, I give flags as a result of that is one thing that they preserve for themselves, and I additionally ask them if they’ll preserve it till they a minimum of graduate highschool or school,” stated Brar.
Whereas Brar had nothing to do with this 12 months’s choice to take away elected officers from the parade, he stated he thinks future parades shall be extra inclusive.
“I believe that we have now to incorporate everybody, whoever desires to go within the parade, in respect of whoever they’re,” stated Brar.
Group members on the parade appeared to have combined emotions concerning the subject. Jane Borowski has been coming to the Good Neighbor Competition for 10 years and he or she stated she may care much less in the event that they take part or not.
“I’ve no opinion both method, simply so long as it’s constant. Both it’s all of the a technique or all the opposite. After I come to parades, I don’t use that sometimes as an influential pressure of who I’m going to vote for,” stated Borowski.
John Gillis, alternatively, stated he looks like it’s important for elected officers to participate within the parade as a result of it offers them an opportunity to introduce themselves to new individuals in the neighborhood.
“I don’t like that they left it out. I believe they need to have left it open for everyone as a result of they’re beginning to be biased, and choosing winners and losers, and never letting the free open market do its work,” stated Gillis.
It’s unknown what the way forward for the Good Neighbor Competition will appear like by way of political presence, however all politics apart, Middleton households nonetheless made their method out to the parade and appeared to benefit from the occasion.