1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I served for 15 years on the Verona Area School Board, including 8 years as president. During that time, we focused on long-term planning that created a reserve fund plan and balanced our budgets, which in turn allowed us to save tax payers millions of dollars. This also led to land purchases and a successful referendum for a new high school and other school improvements. I also served on the Intergovernmental Development Advisory Council (IDAC), which allowed me to serve alongside local municipal officials. This work gave me a solid grasp of development issues in our whole region.
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’m proud of the work Verona has done to make our city hall accessible for voter registration and early voting. We also have multiple voting locations in the community to make sure that election day isn’t plagued by long lines or unnecessary delays. I support additional steps to educate the public on early voting or voter registration options and to make it easier to vote.
3. What issues in development and transportation does your city need to address? Verona has been blessed with great leadership in the Mayor’s office. The foresight our previous leadership has shown has led to an unprecedented run of prosperous, controlled growth. Future development must be planned for and existing developments followed through on. My priority will be work on the West Verona Avenue planning, from Downtown through the Sugar River School site, to the Sugar River Commons development. This space has the potential to really bloom as the new high school takes shape and more traffic is drawn to this area. Public input is key in helping to shape all development in Verona.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and how would you address it? Verona is a highly desirable community to live and do business in. It is vital to our community to continue with steady, predictable growth. Filling existing sites and securing additional sites for future growth will enable responsible development. Doing that will ensure the continuation of our great quality of life and support the quality public services we enjoy in Verona. This requires a lot of work and an open dialogue between the public, developers, the city council, and the school district. My familiarity with these issues can help re-establish these lines of communication and lead to better relationships going forward.
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I'm a former Epic employee of over 11 years, I’m a proud father, Verona city council member, and dedicated to our community. However, being a good mayor is more than having certain qualifications, it’s about serving the community. When I stand for open government, responsible budgeting, protecting our environment, representing neighborhood concerns, and supporting city services like the library, senior center and fire department, it benefits Verona far more than any of my professional qualifications. I want to make Verona a better place for all Verona residents. My community values are what qualifies me for this office.
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? Voting is an essential right for Americans. We should make voting as accessible as possible to citizens in Verona.
As an alder, I’ve advocated that Verona offer early voting options and will continue to do so if elected Mayor. Furthermore, after witnessing slow voting lines and hearing from Verona residents that voting was slow in Spring of 2016, I spoke with city staff to urge them to improve the voting process to prevent unnecessary waiting. Happily, in subsequent elections, the voting process was improved. I will continue to advocate for accessible voting for Verona citizens.
3. What issues in development and transportation does your city need to address? As Verona grows, we need to take steps to keep our hometown feel and sense of community. I support a vibrant downtown with dining and shopping options. I also support development that is environmentally friendly, good for people who want to walk and bike, contains a variety of housing, and fits in with our established neighborhoods.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and how would you address it? As mayor, I will ensure that Verona city government acts in a transparent manner and communicates well with residents. As an alder, I’ve worked to improve the way the city communicates with residents, but we still have a long way to go. Citizens have a right to know what their government is up to. The city needs to do more to ensure that citizens are aware of developments in their neighborhood. If elected mayor, I’ll work hard to communicate with all Verona citizens, not just well-connected political insiders.