I am running for a seat on the village board to help tackle the challenges that face our community while maintaining the traditions that make it exemplary. My family and I are proud to call Whitefish Bay home and I would be honored to serve as your village trustee.
Whitefish Bay has a beautiful art deco styled downtown, but many of the shops sit empty, and residents of Whitefish Bay find themselves going elsewhere to find food and drink options. I want to promote and grow our downtown while giving residents more options to eat, drink, and come together when it is safe to do so.
The act of updating and maintaining a home in this community should be streamlined. I propose a single stop permitting process which would help ease the difficulty surrounding any large renovation or construction project.
Whitefish Bay Police do an amazing job keeping our community safe. I want to work with Chief Michael Young to ensure that the officers that protect and serve the residents of WFB have the training, guidelines, and support to do the job at the highest level. I also want to review our use-of-force policies, uniforms, implicit bias protocols, and mental health engagement strategies.
Whitefish Bay is not an island. We are a vital part of the greater metro area and we need to ensure that our village and its residents have access to the people, places, and resources it needs.
People want to live in Whitefish Bay, and that is a good thing. However, too many people are priced out of our community. Whitefish Bay does itself a disservice by not adopting a growth mentality. There are opportunities to create more multi-unit housing, mixed-income housing, and accessory dwelling units without disrupting the charm of our village.
I want to work with community partners to ensure Whitefish Bay is a place where all people feel welcome.
After high school I worked in residential IT for 11 years while taking night classes and finishing my degree in political science at UWM. At the age of 30 I decided to pursue a law degree at Marquette University Law School.
Upon becoming an attorney I began working with incarcerated men and women who have been diagnosed with mental health challenges. The goal of the work is to reduce the likelihood that people releasing from custody will reoffend by ensuring they release to stable environments with access to benefits like healthcare, medication, and housing.
In addition to my work in and out of the prison system, I serve on multiple boards and am very active with the State Bar of Wisconsin. In short, whether it is working with my clients, working with the Department of Corrections, or serving on boards attempting to tackle thorny issues, I am well versed at achieving progress in a committee setting. I believe my work history coupled with my policy focused education make me uniquely qualified to be successful on the village board.