Name three long-term goals you have for the City and why you chose them.
I would like to (1) attract more families and businesses to Racine, (2) broaden the tax base to lessen the burden on taxpayers, and (3) broaden the transportation options for accessing the city of Racine.
What are the three biggest challenges Racine faces, and how would you address them?
The three challenges are reflected in the previous response. To attract families and businesses we must (a) recycle housing, brownfields and business space to have available stock at all times, (b) do all we can to present Racine as a positive vibrant community, and (c) market the advantages we have over the neighboring communities. To broaden the tax base, we must again do all we can to draw families and businesses and send the message that they are welcome here. To broaden transportation options, we need to partner with the state and county to develop road access beyond highways 11 and 20, and we also need to find well-resourced partners in the public and private sector to address rail needs between Chicago, Milwaukee, and Racine.
The City of Racine remains among the highest with its unemployment rate, and 11,000 Racine residents don’t have a GED or high school diploma. How would you address that?
We need to address the problem at its source by getting larger numbers of students into all day four-year-old kindergarten programs. We also need to broaden the involvement of local businesses in the Academies of Racine program to ensure students are getting good exposure and training. For the adult population, we need to support Gateway and the Workforce Development Center in their existing activities.
How would you attract new businesses to Racine?
We have to make sure we have resources ready and available for those looking at Racine. We need brownfields that are cleaned up and ready, and those existing buildings are up to code and ready. We also need to create more resources, like a Dept. of City Development web page providing one-stop shopping for developers. And we need to market ourselves as vibrant, growing and friendly.
Why should people elect you?
I came here by accident 45 years ago and stayed here by choice. I know the people, the problems and the potential that are all part of Racine. If you review the record, I have personally sponsored over 100 motions in City Council that primarily address restoring housing and recycling businesses. I don’t believe that speeches alone will be the answer to our problems. We need to make change happen and I understand the tools and rules for making the change. In the school district, I have spent two years as board vice-president and two years as board president. In the city, I have spent three years as council president and four months as Mayor on an interim basis. All of these positions clearly state that my peers have confidence in my knowledge and skills. As a country, we are eroding government at all levels by voting for promises rather performance. I have a track record of performance and commitment, and I hope that is what the Racine residents are looking for.
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