1606 35th Place
firefighter, city of Waukegan
Naval School of Health Sciences
What is the most pressing city issue that warrants council attention?
Jobs are the most important issue that the City Council must address. Unemployment in the city of Kenosha is currently at 8.5 percent. Kenosha County is 7.4 percent; Wisconsin is 5.8 percent, and nationally the rate is 7.0 percent. We have a serious need to generate jobs in our city.
The city of Kenosha has about 8,500 people out of work. The City Council needs to work together to bring in more companies and support existing businesses so that they can grow and bring on more staff. It is essential for the City Council to support KABA's plan in promoting job growth
Assess the state of city services. Does anything need improving, and how can that come about?
As our city grows in population, the need for city services increases. We have three full-time ambulances in a city of over 100,000 people. I think the need already exists to expand this critical city service. About 10 percent of Kenosha's population is over the age of 65. They expect that an ambulance will be available when needed. One or two more ambulances isn't unreasonable for a city our size.
Many have commented on an expansion of city bus routes. Public transportation needs to be aligned with existing needs. Public transportation is necessary for many who cannot or choose not to own a vehicle.
We will require additional funds for each expansion. While holding or reducing the property tax levy, we need to draw the sale of more goods and services into our city to increase sales tax revenue. I don't want to raise anyone's taxes.
Why are you the most qualified candidate for this office?
I am the most qualified candidate because I am a driven and dedicated person who is invested in our community for the long haul. I'm raising a family. I put myself through college. I completed two spprenticeship programs with the U.S. Department of Labor. I am public service-oriented as I have worked for the city of Waukegan Fire Department for 20 years and spent four years in the U.S. Navy. I have a positive vision for District 6 and the city of Kenosha.