Kate Maurer will be throwing her hat in the ring to run against Donald Gloo, Martin Meissner, Mike Rohrer and Milt Habeck on April 6, 2021, for Wind Point Village Trustee. Residents will vote for three candidates and the top three people with the most votes will be sworn into office. To read more about other races, click here.
Where do you live? Wind Point
How long have you lived there? Since July 2019
Spouse or partner’s name? Husband: Joe Maurer
If you have children, please include their ages: Our son, Max, is 6 years old.
What is your current profession? Maurer Family CEO, Deepwood Preservation Committee Founder
What position are you applying for? Village of Wind Point Trustee
What motivated you to seek out this seat? My motivation for seeking a seat on the Village board stems primarily from the unconscionable conduct I’ve witnessed as a resident attending Village meetings: the blatant, unapologetic disregard for our Village’s natural assets, an alarming lack of transparency between Village officials and Village residents, a problematic prioritization of Village funds, and the failure to think outside the box when considering long term plans.
Why do you think you are a good candidate for the job? I’ve always prioritized serving whichever community I’ve called home. Over time, that’s meant mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters, volunteering in animal shelters, giving manicures and reading to assisted living residents, serving on a Keep America Beautiful city board, and providing English lessons both to adolescent students at an international learning center, and to adult students at a Korean Culture Center. In Racine, when my previous neighborhood saw an uptick in crime, I organized our street’s Block Watch program. In Wind Point, I became an election worker, started the Deepwood Preservation Committee, and serve on Wind Meadows’ Leisure Center Committee.
Name three things you would like to see change with how things are being done. I would like to see more transparency and better communication between Village officials and Village residents, more mindful management of Village funds, and greater respect for our Village’s natural assets.
What resources would you need to have to accomplish that?We could update residents via text alerts, and host monthly town hall meetings to bring residents and officials together on the same level. We need to identify alternative means of generating revenue, instead of just pursuing overdevelopment. We could engage Village residents, or even our local students, to brainstorm alternative ideas. We could make a whole event out of it, encouraging people to bring their ideas to the table. This is a Village, after all. We can invite experts to provide educational opportunities about responsible environmental stewardship. Knowledge is power. The more people know, the more good they can do.
What would success look like and how would you measure that success? Success would look like an informed and engaged community, with regular opportunities for creative collaboration. What kind of seeds are we, as a Village, planting, and how are we tending the crops we leave for future generations? That will be the determining factor in how successful we actually are today.
How would you seek buy-in from either the community and/or your colleagues to accomplish those tasks? We’ve got to keep open lines of communication. Board members should be representing their constituents. In order to do so, there must be regular communication happening. Do residents feel like the current Board is listening to them? I don’t think so. We’ve got to stop doing what’s always been done, and start doing what needs to be done. We need to create opportunities for residents to be heard.
What characteristics do you bring to the table to accomplish those tasks? I believe in talking to strangers, loving thy neighbor, and finding the silver lining in every cloud. I’m committed to having fun, saying yes, doing better when knowing better, and treating people as a blank slate over and over again. I believe that the pen is mightier than the sword, and that nobody need wait until Monday to write a new chapter. Mary Catherine Bateson said, “We are not what we know, but what we are willing to learn.” I certainly don’t have all of the answers for any issue, but I am willing to learn.
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