Preserving a high level of community services — firefighting and police protection, plus neighborhood centers for young and older — while using taxpayers’ money wisely. We also must recognize that city taxes and fees, which have been rising, are difficult for many residents to pay because of these economic times. We need to face this challenge with creativity, thoughtfulness and new ideas.
The proposed Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee rail will create jobs, opportunity and a thriving economy, support our neighborhoods and promote energy conservation. Cities and communities with good mass transit are successful because people of all income levels can get to jobs easily and don't have to worry about extra costs relating to commuting -- like gas, car maintenance and parking. The rail also increases tourism and attracts new residents who want such services.
Pedestrian and street safety helps residents and visitors feel comfortable when shopping, walking, dining, bicycling and driving in the area. People notice more of the shops, theatres and attractions downtown when traffic pauses, and more people want to live and visit downtown. All of this keeps downtown neighborhoods vibrant, healthy and safe. Tourism and residents increase our tax base.
Can you elaborate on your first priority?
- Attended more than 250 City Council meetings through the years, frequently offering public comment.
- Long-time resident of Racine and the First District.
- Held operator license from State of Wisconsin for Water and Waste Water Treatment for 14 years.
- Extensive experience with government regulations, recycling, education and community organizations.
- Attended Wellstone Camp in Milwaukee for community leaders. For more information, see Wellstone Action.
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