A former county board supervisor is running unopposed for the District 3 seat to replace Nick Zweifel, who is not running for reelection. The election is April 3.
Job: One Wisconsin Now program director
Political experience: Former Dane County Board Supervisor for District 5 from 2010-2012
Public service: Current Commissioner on the Sun Prairie Plan Commission
Education: Bachelors of arts degree in political science from UW-Madison
Why are you running for the Dane County Board of Supervisors?
At the heart of it, I believe in public service and community service. It's what motivated me to coach with the local soccer club and what led me to apply to serve on the Plan Commission. I believe that meaningful work has value and purpose.
As Sun Prairie continues to grow, we will experience more opportunities for the city and county to build a partnership which ensures smart, sustainable growth that works for everyone in Sun Prairie.
I have experience in local government, and I’m excited to leverage existing partnerships and new relationships to make this a reality. We have the opportunity to create the best Sun Prairie for folks who have been residents of the city all of their lives and for folks who have recently chosen to make this amazing community in Dane County their home.
How do you distinguish yourself from your predecessor?
At the moment I am running unopposed for an open seat. Nick Zweifel, who is not running for reelection, has been an incredible advocate and public servant for our community in his time on the Dane County Board, and I can not thank him enough for all he has done.
My goal as supervisor for District 3 is to be accessible and available to constituents. I would like to highlight the county's investment and involvement in our community and connect our city's residents with what services Dane County has to offer. Additionally, I want to see a greater involvement of people outside the city of Madison serve the county with their skills and talents on the many boards and commissions that Dane County has.
What’s the greatest issue facing the county and how do you plan to fix it?
Maintaining services and quality of life for residents of Dane County while experiencing diminished shared revenue from the state is at the crux of the issues facing Dane County. We have problems and we have solutions, but being able to enact those solutions in a meaningful way requires all hands on deck and the state is preventing us from making meaningful change on a host of issues at the county level.
What could the county do better?
One thing that I would like to see the county do better, and something I will work on if elected, is improving the way the county receives buy in from residents on major projects and problems facing our communities. Additionally I'd like to see the county communicate information to residents more effectively and efficiently.