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Answer: 10640 S Prairie View Drive, Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin
How long have you lived in the community:
Answer: 43 years
What position are you running for?*:
Answer: County Supervisor, District 14
Have you ever held an elected office position before?* Yes or No
If so, what position(s) were you elected to?*:
In thinking about your election bid, what top three issues need to be addressed?*:
Answer: Transparency, fiscal responsibility and REAL representation for the people of District 14
How would you plan to address those issues?*:
Answer: I intend to ask more questions, raise issues during board meetings, and live stream all meetings I attend. I will require more information before approving large expenditures/loans. I will not approve any further borrowing until we address Foxconn’s shortfalls under the Development Agreement. I plan to maintain a district website, collect emails and phone numbers and sending regular updates regarding news and issues that affect the District and the County.
In reference to those issues you have identified, what would success look like to you in making an impact?*:
Answer: Success will mean more residents participating in County Board meetings, either in person or by watching the live stream. It will mean more discussion in County Board meetings to ensure the interests of the residents are fully considered. It will mean sitting down with Foxconn’s management to map out what it expects to accomplish in the development over the next couple of years. It means generating a wide following of my website by residents in the 14th District and Racine County.
Why are those issues important to you?*:
Answer: I experienced first-hand the result of my representatives turning their backs on me and my neighbors and making decisions for the benefit of a wealthy foreign corporation in the name of “progress.” All residents deserve representation by their elected officials. I see a lot of opportunity to increase transparency and accessibility to the County Board. I know how busy residents are and there is no reason in the year 2020 we cannot provide live-streaming of county board meetings so people can watch at home live or when it is convenient for them. And last, the financial stability of our county has been put in jeopardy. I want to ensure we are doing all we can to protect the taxpayers and our children and grandchildren.
At the end of your term, what would you like to have accomplished?*:
Answer: At the end of my term, I hope residents will say I brought more transparency and accessibility to the Racine County Board, that they feel like their concerns are being heard and addressed, and that they feel confident in the financial outlook of the County.
Why should people vote for you?*:
Answer: My experience as a victim of eminent domain for the Foxconn project has generated a passion to bring REAL representation to the residents of District 14. I believe I am the best person who will represent the interests of western Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant. My experience in the legal field ensures I will diligently research all issues that come before the board so that we can make the best decisions for most residents without violating the rights of any residents.
What is your educational background?*:
Answer: I attended Schulte Elementary School, Mitchell Middle School, and J. I. Case High School. I then went on to study Pacific-Rim Studies at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. After returning to Wisconsin, I took several Political Science courses at UW-Parkside to supplement by legal career.
What civic organizations do you belong to?