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Ex-Mayor John Dickert Should Have Pulled His Punches

March 27, 2020

I was quite surprised to have read this new story in Friday’s Wisconsin State Journal. 

Not because I knew former Racine mayor John Dickert when he was a staffer at the statehouse, but because he is my age and should never have allowed himself to be lulled into a stupid act—especially with an 18-year old punk.

Nothing good ever comes from fighting, and particularly when the matter involves road rage.  Dickert knows that the best course is always by taking the high road, and with proven diplomatic and political skills he was more than able to totally pass this teenage pest.  To have fallen to the desires of the teenage goofball, and fight in a Piggly Wiggly parking lot is bad form.

Charges are pending against former Racine Mayor John Dickert after he was allegedly involved in a fight in a local grocery’s store parking lot after a road rage incident.

At 4:06 p.m. Sunday, the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to Piggly Wiggly, 5201 Washington Ave., after receiving 911 calls about a fight in the grocery store parking lot. Witnesses reported seeing two people punching each other.  

The two suspects involved in the fight were identified as former Racine Mayor John Dickert, 57, and 18-year-old Christian Reynoso, both of Racine, the Mount Pleasant Police Department confirmed.

Dickert was elected as Racine’s mayor in 2009 in a special election, and re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He resigned in 2017.

Investigation into the incident revealed that Dickert and Reynoso had reportedly been driving in separate vehicles on Highway 20/Washington Avenue. After a road rage incident between the two, both of the vehicles pulled into the Piggly Wiggly parking lot.

Shortly after, Dickert and Reynoso reportedly got out of their vehicles and started fighting each other.

Both Dickert and Reynoso were injured in the fight. The South Shore Fire Department responded to provide treatment; however, no one was transported to the hospital. 

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