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General election voters guide for Greenfield 2nd Aldermanic District

March 11, 2014

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


BRUCE BAILEY

Age: 61

Address: 4281 S. 81st St.

Years in community: 50

Employer/occupation: Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office retired detective; now part-time investigator for Sheriff's Office

Education: Greenfield High School grad; associate degree in criminal justice, MATC; attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Political history: Greenfield School Board two three-year terms; School Board president since 2011; member Park and Recreation Board for eight years; member of former Greenfield Public Celebration Committee

Community involvement: Greenfield Little League coach for 10 years in the 1990s

Family: wife, Cheryl; daughters Anna, 31, and Anjelica, 21

Contact: (414) 321-8225

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

The biggest problem facing any local government is funding. The state, the economy, whatever the reason, we have to learn to deal with less money. We have to do more with less. How can we maintain what we have? How can we expand this program or this project. It is going to be challenging to meet these demands.

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

I have a proven track record that shows I am making sound fiscal decisions. The School Board reduced its tax levy this year by an incredible 7.3 percent. That is almost unheard of in this day and age. I always think of the taxpayer. Can we afford it? Do we need it? My decision on the Chapman School site proved that I can stand up to the administration when I know I am right. I will work hard to represent the people of the 2nd District. Please give me a chance. It's time for a new perspective on the council.

TOM PIETROWSKI (I)

Age: 65

Address: 4801 S. 94th St.

Years in community: 62

Employer/occupation: military service in the U.S. Army, Vietnam War veteran; self-employed, building trades, semi-retired

Education: associate degree, industrial electronics, MATC

Political history: alderman since 2002; former Common Council president; former chairman and currently serving on the Finance and Human Resource and Legislative committees; member Community Development Authority

Community involvement: volunteer at Zablocki VA Medical Center; president of the Milwaukee Area Evening Unit of the Wisconsin Association of Parliamentarians

Family: single, never been married

Contact: (4140 425-3079; tpietrowski@att.net

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

Two challenges face Greenfield and most municipalities. One is under-funded post employment benefits, which don't include the pension paid to a retired employee, but do include compensation for life insurance premiums, health care premiums and deferred compensation. The other is debt service for roads. Borrowing for roads is unsustainable, and we need to offset debt with other funding mechanisms. This year our road program is almost entirely debt-funded. Although there is no single solution, each one requires financial input. I hold no claim to the answers. They are to be found collectively through boards, committees and public dialogue.

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

My experience. I also work well with fellow council members, staff and am responsive to the public's concerns.

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