1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I have lived in Stoughton since 1986. My wife and I have been business owners and Chamber of Commerce members since 2003. I am employed by Fastenal as a Project Coordinator. I have many years of management experience in my professional career.
I served on the Stoughton Board of Education for seven years, chairing the Finance and Facilities Committees. I have been on the Stoughton City Council since 2011, and for the past two years as Council President. I have served on the following committees; Finance, Community Affairs/Council Policy, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Public Safety, and the Landmarks Commission.
2. Some Dane County municipalities provide opportunities to register and vote at alternate locations, such as libraries. What steps, if any, should your city take to make it easier for residents to register and vote? In October 2017, our Community Affairs/Council Policy received a request to look into alternatives and opportunities for registration and absentee voting, including utilizing the library. We learned there are many options and opportunities that currently exist. Early voting occurs at City Hall. Ballets can be received by mail, fax, and email. There are transportation options available as well.
The committee directed the City Clerk to create posters and distribute them in town, to better inform the public about these services.
As mayor I will make sure the directive is carried out, and other opportunities are explored.
3. What issues in development and transportation does your city need to address? Improving road infrastructure leading to Stoughton is an important factor in increasing Economic Development. Road improvements on Highway N, planned roundabouts on Main Street and the anticipation of the DOT publishing the Environmental Assessment for the Highway 51 project between McFarland and Stoughton in 2018 are welcome additions. These road projects will also make our roads safer, improve road conditions, and be more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
Mass transit has been addressed in our Comprehensive Plan for more than 10 years. As Mayor, I will initiate assignments to develop strategies and implement mass transit opportunities in Stoughton.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and how would you address it? The state’s spending caps have forced communities to make growth decisions based on a “net new construction” formula which may not be consistent with local values. The formula allows municipalities to only raise taxes at the rate of growth, instead of the increased cost of providing services. This threatens our "small town feel" and has caused division within our community.
As mayor, I will develop partnerships and seek public input to provide quality and targeted growth in our community that reflect Stoughton’s values.
Stoughton, Wisc 53589
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I have over 30 years of participation in Stoughton city government:
• Elected Alder 5 times and served on most council committees
• Past Council President
• Served on Planning Commission, Police and Fire Commission, Library Board, Board of Review, and Stoughton Housing Authority.
• Past Chair and current Treasurer of the Friends of the Stoughton Area Youth Center.
I spent most of my professional career as a Manufacturing Engineer specializing in new product introductions and moving products between manufacturing sites. To complete these kinds of projects on time and on budget requires a broad range of people, technical and business skills.
2. Some Dane County municipalities provide opportunities to register and vote at alternate locations, such as libraries. What steps, if any, should your city take to make it easier for residents to register and vote? I have served as a Chief Inspector through four presidential elections and have helped register a lot of new voters. Stoughton is a small, physically compact area. There has not been much demand for satellite registration sites. We usually have about 70% of the over 18 population registered. We have always experienced strong demand for Election Day registration so we prioritize our efforts to support it. Depending on the expected turn out, we will have one to four registrars working at each of our four polling places during an election. This has been very effective for us.
3. What issues in development and transportation does your city need to address? The lack of development is the issue facing Stoughton. We have the space and the infrastructure to support development but it has not happened. We have an opportunity to convert old abandoned industrial space located on our river front to housing and parks but we just can’t get it done.
We have been developing a trail system for several decades and plan to hook up to the County trail system as soon as possible.
Being a small town a bus system is not viable so we get State grants to operate a taxi service for our community.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and how would you address it? Public safety staffing is a major issue for Stoughton. We operate a regional volunteer fire department and EMT service. Our volunteers do a great job but the need for these services is increasing. Thirty years ago there were many more young individuals ready to volunteer than there are now. We need to develop a plan to transition to some level of full time staff for these services. Since the state imposed levy limits do not account for situations like this, we may have to go to the voters with a referendum for funding for emergency services staffing.