KENOSHA ⏤ Dist. 10 Alderman Anthony Kennedy has withdrawn his proposed ordinance updating the city’s face mask response during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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City officials announced Kennedy’s decision on the ordinance, which had packed two meetings full of protesters, in a press release sent Friday.
However, on social media, Kennedy made it a point to clarify that the withdrawal is not an indication that he has changed his mind on the matter. Nor that he is any less passionate about it as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
“If you think I pulled this because I no longer believe in the need for universal masking then you are sadly mistaken,” the alderman said in a Facebook post Friday afternoon.
“My only motivation is my desire to maintain or improve the quality of life for my constituents, my family, and my friends. I have not wavered from that devotion.“
Dist. 10 Ald. Anthony Kennedy
Kennedy still supports universal masking
In a text conversation with the Observer around 3 p.m. Friday, Kennedy echoed his sentiment in the post, stating he fully supports universal masking in Kenosha.
“I simply did not have the votes to get it passed at City Council,” he further explained. “My commitment is still to this community and doing all I can to maintain the well-being of the community.”
Further, he stated it was an effort to show leadership where he believes it is lacking concerning the pandemic.
“While the Kenosha Common Council is not charged to protect the public health, in the absence of leadership from our state legislature or our Kenosha County Board, I did what I thought was right,” he said.
“If circumstances become more pronounced in reference to the pandemic, I am more than willing to introduce the ordinance to protect my family, my friends and my constituents if others abdicate their responsibility.“