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Jennifer Adamski-Torres
Jennifer Adamski-Torres

Name three long-term goals you have for the City and why you chose them.

1) Economic Development – We need to alleviate the burden on regular working people and retirees, and identify alternatives to growing our local economy and diversify our tax base.

2) Equal Representation – For too long, some of my neighbors have been ignored. By addressing systemic issues, we can improve life for everyone, not just the privileged few with access.

3) Policy-based solution – To bring lasting change, we need to shift from a case-by-case approach to solutions that support everyone.

What are the three biggest challenges Racine faces and how would you address them?

In Racine, and specifically our district, my neighbors are concerned about the quality of life — specifically economic growth, declining local business, and the condition of some of the properties in our neighborhoods. We need to work towards improving the quality of life for ALL of us.

That means positioning our city to take advantage of potential economic growth in the region, helping local businesses expand by streamlining the start-up process and eliminating blight in our neighborhoods by enforcing the code and empowering homeowners. These changes will build our tax base and reduce the burden on working families and retirees.

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?

I will partner with leaders from every corner of the county to prepare and leverage the workforce available in Racine to Foxconn and the ancillary businesses that will need employees before, during and after construction. Additionally, when working on bringing new businesses to Racine, I want to ensure that some of those newly created jobs are available to members of low-/moderate-income households, to help those in situations of underemployment as well.

How would you attract new businesses to Racine?

Bringing companies to Racine and helping existing businesses grow and expand will be crucial to the city’s long-term growth and success. In my current role, I’m already working on policies and procedures to streamline the process of establishing and growing a small business in Racine. Entrepreneurs shouldn’t have to navigate a maze to get started or to expand their small business here.

Why should people elect you?

With the right leadership, we can turn our challenges into opportunity. As a working mother with a child in RUSD, I’m invested in seeing our city improve. As someone with over two decades of business and non-profit experience, I have the drive to work hard and bring real solutions, not just concerns, to City Council. You deserve an enthusiastic advocate. I’m running for Alderman because it’s time we have a representative who focuses on positive, strategic action and forward progress. Join me in making Racine a place where our children and grandchildren can stay and succeed.

Learn about Jennifer Adamski-Torres’s opponent, Sandy Weidner (i)

The Spring election will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018.

Find your polling location here.

Learn more about the other Common Council candidates.

District 4 Candidates :

Tracey Larrin (i)

Dennis Montey

District 8 Candidates:

Q.A. Shakoor II (i)

Malcolm Platt

District 10 Candidates:

Dennis Wiser (i)

Carrie Glenn