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General election voters guide for Greenfield 1st Aldermanic District

March 11, 2014

Editor's Note: Candidates were asked to limit responses to 100 words.

TERRY BARTZ

Age: 58

Address: 4910 W. Midland Drive

Years in community: 56

Employer/occupation: retired, more than 31 years with Greenfield Division of Public Works; owner of lawn maintenance business

Education: Greenfield High School class of 1973 graduate; attended MATC

Political history: unsuccessful bid for 1st District alderman, 2008

Community involvement: former Board for Education member, St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church and School, former conference delegate to Wisconsin Lutheran High School, former congregation delegate to Wisconsin Lutheran College

Family: wife, Debi; daughters, Lindsey, 31; Lesley, 29; Loni, 23; Logan, 21; five grandchildren

Contact: home, (414) 541-4290; cell, (414) 218-9828

What is the biggest challenge facing Greenfield and how would you address it?

The biggest challenge facing Greenfield is maintaining the current high quality level of city services at affordable costs to residents. We can accomplish this by making sound fiscal decisions and encourage continued redevelopment.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

As a retired foreman from the Division of Public Works, I have worked closely with other departments, department heads and elected officials. I understand how this city works, and I will work hard to keep our community moving forward. I consider this opportunity to represent the residents of the 1st District a sincere privilege. I know the decisions I will have to make will always be as educated and as informed as possible.

LINDA LUBOTSKY (I)

Age: 49

Address: 4801 W. Howard Ave.

Years in community: 35

Employer/occupation: 1st District alderwoman; self-employed part-time paralegal and legal assistant

Education: associates degree in nursing, California State University, Long Beach

Political history: alderwoman since 2008; Greenfield School Board, 2006-2009; aldermanic committee assignments including Board of Public works (chairwoman), Legislative Committee, Tree Commission, Safe Routes to School

Community involvement: host family foreign exchange student program, Red Cross volunteer, member Greenfield Historical Society, Salvation Army volunteer, Glenwood School PTO volunteer

Family: son Brandon 24, daughters, Brooke, 16, and Isabella, 11

Contact: lubotsk1423@wi.rr.com; (414) 282-5367

What is the biggest challenge facing Greenfield and how would you address it?

The greatest challenge is to continue to provide services to our residents while carefully weighing the demands on the wallets of our taxpayers, who are tired of tax increases when their household incomes have stayed the same or gone down. We must continue to increase our commercial tax base by pursuing quality economic development. Also, we need work with our legislators to solve problems related to funding and mandates.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

I care about the safety of our community, having authored a sexual offender ordinance and also working with the Police Department and the School District to increase security and lock the doors at Glenwood School. I have a proven track record of making sound fiscal decisions, voting for property tax increases only to add police officers and firefighters. I did not accept my 6.25 percent increase in aldermanic compensation. I understand that we, the taxpayers, are not an endless supply of money. I am experienced, reliable, involved, accessible and passionate about our great city.

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