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Focused on housing crisis, Hanus defeats Sauer for Rhinelander Mayor

Rhinelander will soon have a new mayor

Kris Hanus won the election with 56% of the votes. He was running against Steve Sauer.

During his run for the Mayor’s office, Hanus, who has worked in retail and property management, identified a housing as his main priority.

“We’ve got to get housing in line, from driving down the price of rental costs to quality of housing and just more housing,” he said in an earlier interview with WXPR.

Hanus said in order for the city to grow, develop and attract new workers, it needs more housing.

He also noted the importance of improving and maintaining infrastructure and ensuring Rhinelander residents have safe drinking water.

Hanus has not previously served in city government, but he says Rhinelander is ready for change.

Current Mayor Chris Frederickson decided not to seek re-election and will serve one term. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family, and he accomplished what he wanted to do as mayor.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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