Fitchburg Alder, District 4, Seat 8

one-year term
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Candidates:

Scott D. Lehmann
Janell Rice
Marc A. Jones
Ed Kinney


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scott D. lehmann

Fitchburg, WI 53575
lehmannscottd@gmail.com
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1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I am a 6th generation Fitchburg resident, growing up on the family farm where I still reside. I have been active in youth sports programs for over 8 years. I currently sit on the board for the Oregon Youth Football program, and I am a coach for youth soccer, basketball, football and baseball. I also volunteer in the Oregon School District. I have built my career in law enforcement serving and protecting the citizens of Dane County for over 23 years. In doing so, I have gained experience in working with diverse groups and in collaborative team environments.

2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? I believe the first step would be to listen to the community. I would request help from individuals with the knowledge and education to inform and prepare us for what is to come. The next step is to educate the community as to what the consequences will be and listen to their feedback. Once the facts are known or recommended, I would advocate for the continued use and development of more renewable energy sources. I feel it’s important for the City of Fitchburg to continue being a leader among cities in Dane County working hard to combat climate change.

3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? Yes, I feel it’s important to be able to offer affordable housing types for anyone regardless of their age, income or family size.

4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? We are fortunate to have high quality education for our children. The City of Fitchburg will experience new schools being built in both the Verona and Oregon school districts in the near future. It will be imperative that the city council and the school boards have an open line of communication during these projects.


janell rice

Fitchburg, WI 53575

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marc A. jones

Fitchburg WI 53711
mjosyene@gmail.com

1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I have served on the Fitchburg Township Board, City Council, Ag and Rural Committee, I was born on a family farm in Fitchburg and still operate The Jones Family farm in Fitchburg, I was CWA Local 4630 past president, while I was working for AT&T for 31 years. I curently serve on the Board of Directors for Heartland Credit Union, currently as board treasurer, and have served on the Board at Heartland Credit Union, for the last 18 years. I own and operate our family farm, and a small construction company in Fitchburg. I served on the first 911 county [WORD LIMIT]

2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? I believew in the sicence of climate change, and feel we have to listen to and try to follow the advice of the experts in drafting policy and planning, understanding we must all work together on a solution to a very large problem of which we are a very small part.

3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? Affordable housing is a problem, but it startes with living wages and respect for each other. I believe in a hand up, not a hand out. I began working in a factory at age 16, to days after my 16th birthday. I still had to be in the barn to milk cows at 5am before school, and when I got my paycheck for working 40 hours a week, as a southmore in high school, I gave 1/2 to my dad to help him with the farm and living expences, and I was happy to do all of this and would [WORD LIMIT]

4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Water issues in the rural areas, Saftey issues with train crossings in the rural areas, density in the urban areas, we must listen to the residents when we are creating new areas as far as the dencity and saftey consirns. We at the city are an extention of each person in our city. we need to listen and find common ground to create fair and good government.


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ed kinney

Fitchburg, WI 53575
ekinney@settlerswi.com

1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I am a life-long resident of Fitchburg. I am Vice Chair of the Fitchburg Plan Commission and have served on that body for 23 years, and am Chair of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. I also currently serve on the Fitchburg Housing Task Force. I am a commercial loan officer at Settlers bank where I provide financing for small to medium sized businesses and for commercial real estate.

2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? There have been impacts from recent rain events in a number of areas of the City. One of my focuses as Alder will be to make certain that storm water management throughout the City is properly planned, executed and maintained, and especially that facilities in new development are designed to handle larger and more frequent rain events. It is uncertain whether the trend of the past two years will continue, but we must be prepared for the possibility.

3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? Fitchburg is taking steps to enhance housing options in general by formulating a Fitchburg Housing Plan. I have been involved in this initiative through my service on both Plan Commission and the Housing Task Force. If there is a permanent committee created to move the various initiatives forward that are recommended in the Plan, I am available to serve on that Committee.

4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Fitchburg's Comprehensive Plan is up for review in 2019. I was involved through Plan Commission with the drafting of both the current and prior Plan. The last time through the Plan was drafted with the intent of looking out 50-75 years rather than the typical 20 year horizon. I strongly support the current Plan as a roadmap for the future of Fitchburg and do not anticipate wholesale changes with this update, but recognize that there needs to be flexibility to accommodate changing demographic, economic and market conditions.