Name three long-term goals you have for the County and why you chose them.
Economic development and infrastructure, job training, jobs, transportation, the environment, and crime. We need livable wage paying jobs; we need a trained and ready workforce to be able to take advantage of the anticipated rise in economic development that is expected to come to the area due to the Foxconn Development. Public transportation is needed and necessary to move individuals to and from the job opportunities that are created. The environment must continue to be a priority as well to protect our public lands and public places to continue to make Racine County a place of choice to live.
What are the three biggest challenges the County faces and how would address them?
As we prepare for unprecedented growth and economic development Job training must continue to be a priority to have a ready workforce and raise the wage levels of single-head of households and individual of color. We must provide the necessary level of financial resources to make the required training available and assessable to everyone. The lack of public transportation out to and beyond the I94 corridor where a lot of the economic growth is anticipated and expected is a huge problem for many of the under-employed and unemployed individuals that will avail themselves of the job opportunities coming to this region. This must be addressed through intergovernmental cooperation as there will be individuals employed from every city, town, and village within a 50-mile radius or more. Infrastructure and environmental impact are crucial to the county as it prepares for the opportunities anticipated to come to the region. The County’s Smart Growth Plan must be reviewed and revisited so that the environmental corridors are protected and minimize or eliminate pollutants back into our rivers and streams.
The County is poised for growth, but many County residents struggle with employment. How should it adapt to that growth?
The City of Racine unemployment rate has continued to be the highest or second-highest in the state for far too many years. Collaboration between the City, Gateway Technical College, apprenticeship programs, driver’s license restoration will assist the residents of the City to adapt to the growth anticipated for the area.
How would you describe your leadership style?
There are two types of leadership, leadership that leads and leadership that misleads. My leadership style represents values that can be respected, demonstrate morals and ethical principles that can be applauded with trust and confidence that can be depended on. I lead from a position of trust and respect for the organization and the individual.
Why should people elect you?
I am by far the most qualified candidate in this race. I have over 30 years of leadership experience in administrative management with the City of Racine and 20 years experience in local county government. Further, minorities needs representation too and minorities are underrepresented or not represented at all on every board or committee in every level of the city or county government regardless if it is an elected position or an appointed position, i.e., The RUSD has no ethnic minority representation; the Racine County Board currently has 3 ethnic minority supervisors out of 21 districts and the Racine City Council has 3 ethnic minorities out of 15 districts. There are huge disparities in the household income gap between black households and white households; mass incarceration disparities and educational attainment disparities will continue to climb if minorities continue to be barred from the table or purged from the table. unless and until we have minority representation at every level of employment and decision-making Racine will long hold the unenvious designation as one of the top 5 worse places in America for black people to live.
Learn about Donnie Snow’s challenger, Nick Demske.
The Spring election will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018.
Find your polling location here.
Learn more about the other Racine County Board candidates.
District 12 Candidates:
Ronald Molnar (i)
Donald J. Trottier*
District 14 Candidates:
Katherine Buske (i)
*Editor’s note: We’re still working on getting responses to candidates questions at this time.