Email address*:

Answer: monteosterman@aol.com

First name*:

Answer: MONTE

Last name*:

Answer: OSTERMAN

Age:

Answer: 56

Address:

Answer: 2900 N WISCONSIN ST

How long have you lived in the community:

Answer: I have been in the Racine community since 1988, living here since 2001

What position are you running for?*:

Answer: I am seeking re-election to the Racine County Board.

Have you ever held an elected office position before?* Yes or No

Answer: Yes

If so, what position(s) were you elected to?*:

Answer: I have been serving on the Racine County Board

In thinking about your election bid, what top three issued need to be addressed?*:

Answer: The top issues driving my re-election are those that I hear from residents in the district. They are concerned about protecting our lakefront, and our water resources. They want job opportunities coming from local and regional developments to be focused on Racine residents first. And they want wise use of their tax dollars.

How would you plan to address those issues?*:

Answer: I am already addressing these issues. I work to protect our land and water resources through my work on our Racine County Land Conservation Committee, the Wisconsin and National Conservation Districts Boards, as well as through my election to the Wisconsin State Land and Water Conservation Board. I am able to bring a wealth of experience and resources to our County to protect our lakefront and land and water resources. In order to protect job opportunities for Racine families I will continue to advocate for, introduce resolutions for, and support efforts to ensure those jobs are focused on Racine residents, as well as provide access to those opportunities. I have advocated for and supported the creation of special employment and training programs within our County. I will support initiatives aimed at placing the most difficult to employ members of our community in stable jobs through mentoring and employer assessment. Using tax dollars for the greatest benefit our community requires deep research into the long range goals of projects and initiatives. I do that research at the core level, for myself, without allowing undue influence. This independent attitude toward budget stewardship leads to good decisions based on fact, and not on how others may try and force a representative to vote.

In reference to those issues you have identified, what would success look like to you in making an impact?*:

Answer: Successful land and water resources protections yield better soil health which decreases erosion, flooding, and hazard to our lakefront, as well as improved water quality. Employment numbers increase when we focus on the individual needs of clients and move forward with their success first. Proper tax spending is achieved when the budget is more stable year after year and development is not impeded.

Why are those issues important to you?*:

Answer: Communities grow healthier and more stable when our environment is healthy, people have jobs which connect them to achievement, and government is delivering good services at a price they can afford.

At the end of your term, what would you like to have accomplished?*:

Answer: At the end of my term I would like to see the successes outlined above come to light.

Why should people vote for you?*:

Answer: I ask for our district residents to vote for me because I AM the best choice for this seat. My experience and track record of success is unmatched by my opponent. I am an independent thinker who responds quickly to constituents needs and is able to use my vast network of associations to bring strong solutions to the problems we face. I have been doing this every day since being first elected to the County Board. I do not sit back and wait, I take action. I am all in, all the time. I am most interested in DOING the job, doing more for our community.

What is your educational background?*:

Answer: I have 3 years of college education with a management discipline and am currently pursuing further online University education.

What civic organizations do you belong to?

Answer: My family belongs to St. Josephs church, I am a Racine Zoo Board member, I was raised in the Masonic Lodge, was a co-founder of Party On The Pavement, was site captain for Kids Cove playground, and have been involved in numerous projects in our downtown, former BID Board member, as well as being a member of various environmental groups and professional associations.