**Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of stories leading up to the April 7 elections so residents can hear directly from the Mount Pleasant candidates for trustees. The candidates answers have not been edited; all the words are the candidates’ own. When incumbents David DeGroot and John Hewitt respond to our survey, we will add their responses to this story.

Sonny Havn, 68
1316 Meadowlane Ave
40+ year resident
Education: Washington Park High School
Incumbent

Drake Miller, 44
1127 90th Street
12 year resident
Education: Lutheran High School, UW Parkside, Gateway Technical College
Never held political office

Tell us about your civic involvement and any volunteering that you’ve done.

Havn: I have served on the Board of Appeals, Land Fill Oversite Committe, Caledonia-Mt. Pleasant Joint Board of Health Committee, Public Works Committee, Finance Committee, Personel Committee and President of Mount Pleasant Storm Water Utility District. Volunteer planting on the Pike River.

Miller: In 2007 I raised thousands of dollars for (JDRF) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and riding my bicycle 100 miles through Death Valley, Ca.  This event was open to 300 participants and together we raised over one million dollars.  I was participant #266 and the ride took just over 9 hours in 95°F heat.

What made you want to seek this office?

Havn: To be part of the process to make Mount Pleasant a better place to live, work and play.

Miller: Recent events happening in Mt. Pleasant show Mt. Pleasant seems to have lost its way.  Residents feel like their best interests are not considered when the Village is making the decisions that directly affect them.

What makes you qualified for the office you are seeking?

Havn: My experience having owned my own business and wearing many hats as a small business owner. Experience that I have gained from serving the residents of the Village of Mount Pleasant for so many years. I have the time to respond to Issues and concerns that residents have.

Miller: Honesty, integrity, & common sense

Sonny Havn
Drake Miller