Voters Guide: West Allis District 5 aldermen

March 21, 2012


Age: 77

Address: 12247 W. Verona Court

Employer/occupation: Professional engineer, retired as project manager from Roman Electric, Milwaukee, in July 2011

Education: Graduate of Marquette University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering

Political/Related experience: Preparation of projects contracts, economic studies, system evaluations, cost estimates, budgets and reports, scheduling and directing manpower, electrical design of project power, communications, fire alarm systems and solar systems

Family: Married 30 years to Sue Sujecki, who currently serves on the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board, nine children, Ellen, Mike, Laura, Paul, Carol, Nancy, Tom, Andy and Jon

Email/contact:; (414) 327-5485

Why should people vote for you?

I am stepping forward with energy and conviction that my background and years of experience in the construction industry will meet the challenges and expectations of being an alderman. I intend to make an impact for my district and the city with strong representation that will respond to the concerns and issues of those in my district and the city with integrity, accountability and vision. The city is excited about the growth and employment opportunities in the 2012-13 as a result of $100 million of new investment in our city. I want to be part of this new vitality.

What is the biggest issue facing the city and how would you deal with it?

The biggest is the budget. The budget for 2012 is $117 million. Loss of state revenues and highway state aids caused a shortfall, which was met with scrutinizations of all departments and a modest property tax increase. The $100 million construction program slated for 2012-13 will not impact the city's tax base until 2014. Additionally, in 2013, when the Cleveland Avenue bridge is replaced, the city will incur costs of $800,000 to reroute an existing water pipe.


Age: 69

Address: 2082 S. 104th St.

Employer/occupation: Retired police officer

Education: Police science degree

Political/Related experience: Ran for 5th District alderman twice

Family: Married to Andrea for 49 years, two daughters and four grandchildren


Why should people vote for you?

I plan to be available 24 hours a day/seven days a week. I will use a common sense approach and work with you to find solutions as problems arise. I would carefully monitor all the new construction and business coming into the 5th District. I will go to the sites and talk to surrounding neighbors and businesses in the area to gather information in order to make an informed decision. I will do this before a vote is taken at the Common Council meeting,

What is the biggest issue facing the city and how would you deal with it?

The three biggest issues residents and city have to deal with are taxes, security and redevelopment. We can control taxes by stabilizing government, spending wisely, community development and growth. To gain security, residents need to identify suspect criminal activity in their neighborhoods and report it to police. Neighborhood Watch program and Crimestoppers will also help reduce crime. We should continue to communicate surrounding neighborhood crime. As for redevelopment, the Common Council should draw in new business and encourage new industrial parks. A major hotel outside our largest attraction, Wisconsin State Fair Park, would bring tourism dollars into the city.


Age: 78

Address: 2821 S. 114th St.

Employer/occupation: Retired price coordinator, Kohl's Corporation

Education: Graduate of Alverno College, liberal arts degree

Political/Related experience: Elected alderwoman in 1992 and re-elected in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008

Family: Widowed, six adult children


Why should people vote for you?

I am dedicated to being an advocate for clean, honest government and take great pride in representing my people well. My business experience lends itself to decision making with thoughtful regard to doing what is best for our community and our constituency. Being cognizant of the importance of a balanced budget and with prudent skills, I act responsibly. My enthusiastic support for this district is evidenced by my active participation in community functions and at numerous council/committee meetings. A representative of the people is committed to listen, respond, support and serve. I will do this willingly with your help.

What is the biggest issue facing the city and how would you deal with it?

With the downturn of the economy and loss of our state and federal aid, our biggest challenge is providing services without an additional cost to our taxpayers. While other large communities are charging extra for garbage pickup, lighting, snowplowing and other services rendered, our community has opted to take the user friendly route. This presents a dilemma for the council to do this in a cost-effective way. Developing our underutilized, vacant land with viable, high-end quality businesses would provide sustainability and a tax base to negate raising fees. Visionary planning for future needs is the key.


Age: 67

Address: 11244 W. National Ave.

Employer/occupation: Attorney

Education: Bachelor's degree in economics and political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison; law degree, University of Oklahoma

Political/Related experience: Elected alderman in 1972 and re-elected 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008

Family: Single, three children, 10 grandchildren

Email/contact: (414) 321-0078

Why should people vote for you?

District residents have viewed my demonstrated leadership, qualifications and experience, along with my record of supporting their individual causes, as the foundation of my re-election candidacy, and why their support for me should continue. Presently, I serve as Common Council president and have chaired major council committees. I am visible, available and do not turn my focus away from needs of 5th District residents. I will continue to be their most vocal spokesperson respecting all issues of concern.

What is the biggest issue facing the city and how would you deal with it?

Enhancement of quality of life is important to West Allis residents. This can be accomplished with (1) increased law enforcement presence, (2) stabilization of real estate taxes via continued economic development compatible with adjacent neighborhoods, (3) maintenance of existing high level of city services and (4) construction of affordable senior citizen housing. Quality of life for West Allis residents is also impacted by those programs offered to individuals of all ages by its school system, which is entirely governed by the elected West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board.

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