I have had the honor of serving as your Madison Village Councilperson, over the last 8 years, after my initial appointment on January 1, 2010. I’ve had many experiences that have helped me to become a better representative and a better person. Adversity reveals character it does not build it. I’ve always believed that hard work, honesty, follow up & communication were all necessary tools for being successful in life. I have tried to bring that approach to this position. I’ve also always believed in the people of Madison Village’s ability to fairly disseminate the issues of the day.
In that time, I have been appointed by 2 different mayors and by council to serve on 5 different Advisory Groups. In addition, I have been appointed to 6 different sub-committees. I have also served on the Ad-Hoc search groups to find the current Village Administrator and before that, the new Village Engineer.
Today, I lead the charge and was directly involved in implementing legislation that is bringing business to the village in the form of 2 new hotels, I introduced amendments that forces the village to eliminate taxes in the form of CIF charges once the project loan has been paid off and was on the front lines on the idea that will allow the village to move all operations into an ADA compliant facility while providing a new home for the Historical Society.
I continue to make sure that our new storm water management program is funded & at the forefront of discussions. There are other concepts that I will continue to press, with your help, like consolidation of efforts between the Village and the TWP for budgetary purposes in areas like road maintenance for example.
We appreciate and respect; honesty, hard work, integrity and a real desire to do the right thing in their political leaders. With all the progress, we have had in 8 years, Madison Village still has many tough issues that have to be addressed in the near future. They cannot be passed along for others to deal with. We want and deserve public officials that we can trust. We want and deserve our political leaders to be approachable, accessible and have a desire to communicate with us. We are tough, smart and able to handle the truth. It is something that I have seen and experienced in my time here and is part of what attracted me to Madison in the first place.
Personally, my wife Alex and I have been involved with many organizations that are directly tied to enhancing our family’s and our neighbor’s experiences here in Madison. My association with Lifeline Church on Middleridge has helped me to stay focused on what is important in my life. We want to continue to make a positive difference in this community for our 3 children, our nephew that now lives here and our friends and neighbors.
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