Election day is Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (always the first Tuesday in April). The polls are open 7:00am to 8:00pm. I think I’ve done good work during my first six years serving you on the city council; I hope you feel that I’m representing you well and that I’m keeping you informed. I’m running for re-election, so I hope I can count on your vote on April 3. Here’s a map of District 3; we vote at the De Pere Community Center on Grant St.
The slogan I adopted a few years ago is simple: passionate, honest, transparent. I take these three traits seriously, and I hope you feel that our great city has benefited as a result.
Passionate – I love De Pere. While I grew up in Green Bay, my wife and I decided to establish roots here in De Pere 20 years ago. Since our daughters were young toddlers, this is the only community they’ve called home. So I’m personally invested in this city. Here are a few real examples of my passion at work:
- When we considered a proposal in 2012 to change many 2-hour parking spaces downtown to unrestricted, I walked the area around Main Ave and Reid St, from 3rd St to 6th St. I spoke to many business owners to make sure I understood how they felt about this parking change. As a result of those conversations, I changed our plans by removing 14 of those 2-hour parking spaces from the chopping block.
- When we considered zoning changes to allow Life Church to move into the former Sportsman’s Warehouse building (next to Walmart), I walked the entire block, speaking to business owners and managers to see how they felt about changing our plans and having a church next door. The conversations helped us make the decision to change our zoning and allow Life Church to move forward. As a result, we now have this great community of Christians here among us, and we are better for it.
- When we considered an ordinance change in 2017 related to protections for transgender residents, I had a long conversation with an informed coworker to learn more about the issue. A person who attended one of our meetings recommended that I watch the documentary “Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric“. So I borrowed that movie from a coworker and watched it; and I learned a lot. I attended a panel discussion held by college professors and a transgender person to hear real-life stories about the struggles.
I point out these three examples because it’s real evidence that I don’t just read agendas and vote. I spend the time, I put in the effort, I talk to people for whom I have great respect, I ask for advice. And no matter how I vote on an issue, I hope you agree that these efforts help to make for a properly informed vote.
Honest – I consider myself an authentic and genuine person. While I think I see eye to eye with most of you, I realize that we may not always agree. I appreciate feedback and comments that are shared with me, whether we see eye to eye or not. And no matter what, you can always expect that I’ll be honest with you, and I’ll explain my position on any issue. At city meetings, I often explain exactly where I stand on an item so that you know why I vote the way I vote. When necessary, I expand on those comments by sharing more on social media. And I’m always willing to meet with a constituent to discuss a specific issue in detail. If you ever have any city concerns, I hope you’ll feel comfortable asking me a straight up question, and I’ll give you a straight up answer.
Transparent – I have no need to hide anything. As a matter of fact, not only do I enjoy sharing city info, but I feel it’s part of my job to do so. Of all the elected officials in our city, I’m the most active on the internet. Through resources like this web site, Facebook, and Twitter, I share with you much of what’s going on. It’s sometimes hard to know what people find interesting, but I feel I do a good job of sharing some of the major happenings. And if you’re wondering about something, I’m happy to listen to you and share my feedback
I’d sure appreciate if you’d allow me to place my campaign sign in your yard as a show of your support. Please let me know.
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