Voters Guide: West Allis District 4 aldermen

March 20, 2012


Age: 64

Address: 2755 S. 74th St.

Employer/occupation: Purchasing manager, the Oilgear Company

Education: Two years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Political/Related experience: Elected alderman 4th District 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 (lost 1992 election)

Family: Wife, Connie, five children, 10 grandchildren

Email/contact: (414) 327-2661

Why should people vote for you?

During my time in office I have represented the 4th District honestly and effectively. I consider myself to be one of the more active and respected leaders of the Common Council. My experience in private industry as purchasing manager of the Oilgear Company provides me with the needed management skills to ensure that the city of West Allis is operated in an efficient manner while still maintaining a high level of service to our citizens. I work hard to assist my constituents with any problems or concerns they have with city government.

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

The tough economic times have affected both our citizens and the city. We must continue to find ways to reduce our costs and increase our tax base. Redevelopment of underutilized properties is one of the best methods of achieving this goal. I will continue to be a leading proponent of responsible redevelopment that will rid our city of blighted properties and, at the same time, provide jobs for our citizens and increased revenue for the city. A result of our progress in this area is over $100 million in new development in West Allis scheduled to start this year.


Age: 56

Address: 2840 S. Stratton Drive

Employer/occupation: Carpenter

Education: Nathan Hale High School graduate, 1973; four-year journeyman apprentice graduate

Political/Related experience: Elected alderman 2008, served on Advisory Committee and Health Commission, vice chairman of both, member Public Works, License and Health committees, member of Community Alliance Against Drugs (CAAD), on the Memorial Day Parade Celebration Committee, 1997 Sesquicentennial Log School House Committee.

Family: Son, Kyle, 27


Why should people vote for you?

I have worked hard to earn the trust of our voters by listening and responding to the ideas and concerns of our citizens. I will remain accessible and continue to seek ways to improve and enhance our district. I am committed to promoting business redevelopment, property tax control and preserving our neighborhoods by strengthening public safety. I will continue to play an active role in our city by participating in the many organizations and activities that make our city a great place to live. You won't have to wait four years to see me again, I will always be available.

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

The number of foreclosed homes. A long-term vacant house can lead to blight. As alderman, I will continue to advocate that funds be made available for ongoing inspections for foreclosed homes. During my past four years as alderman, I have been successful in identifying and listening to neighbor concerns regarding the abandoned and nuisance homes. I, in turn, work closely with the building inspectors and city attorney's office to move these issues through the circuit court system, if needed. My goal is to make these homes available as quickly as possible for new homeowners.


Age: 62

Address: 2474 S.99th St.

Employer/occupation: Manager Walsh's Beer & Liquor, West Allis

Education: Mercy High School; four-year internship at an advertising agency

Political/Related experience: Alderwoman, 2004 - 2008; ran for mayor, 2008

Family: Married, husband Terry


Why should people vote for you?

Background, experience and understanding are typical accomplishments when selecting a candidate. In today's economic times, you will need a person with reasoning, intuition and leadership abilities. When combining my accomplishments and abilities, you will discover a qualified candidate to represent the people of the 4th District.

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

There is not a single issue confronting West Allis. A multi-faceted approach needs to be reviewed for the safety of our citizens, maintaining our quality services without outsourcing and continuing with successful economic development. A qualified candidate does not lead while focused on one issue.

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