By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — In the Marshfield Common Council’s only contested race, candidate Jason Zaleski is working to draw a stark comparison between himself and his opponent for the district seven seat, Ed Korlesky.
An invitation Zaleski sent to local media for attending an election-night gathering at Five-O-One Sports Bar & Grill included the following:
“While Zaleski’s opponent has criticized the mayor and all members of the common council, Candidate Zaleski has supported city leadership thus paving the way for a working relationship with them on day one.
“Zaleski’s opponent complained that the city should intervene in the Marshfield Clinic/St Joseph Hospital flare-up. Candidate Zaleski held the position that commerce and business relationships should be settled outside of government intervention. On March 11, 2016 Marshfield Clinic announced plans to buy St Joseph hospital, settling the issue without government interference.”
Korlesky was critical of the Marshfield Common Council in an interview with Hub City Times, saying, “Do you recall what the Marshfield City Council has done in the past few years? The only thing I recall is an attempt to subsidize housing construction costs in Marshfield that would have cost every home owner upwards to $10,000 in lost home value. It is time to return sensibility to the city council.”
Prior to Marshfield Clinic reaching a memorandum of understanding with Ministry Health Care to purchase Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Korlesky said to Hub City Times, “My biggest priority as a council member would be to help resolve the war that is currently underway between Marshfield (Clinic) Health System and Ministry Ascension Hospitals. Although many people seem to assume this is not an issue for city government, should this battle escalate to the point where patients seek care in other communities, this would have a devastating effect on the city economy.”
Hub City Times has contacted Ed Korlesky for comment on this story.