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Mequon District 4 alderman race

Voter's guide for Tuesday, Feb. 19 primary election (1 seat)

Feb. 6, 2013

Jeff Hansher

Age: 49

Employer/occupation: teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Wauwatosa

Education: master's degree in School of Administration at UW Milwaukee (1994) and bachelor of science in regular and special education at UW Whitewater (1987)

Contact: (262) 242-4463 (home) and (262) 573-4173; hansher5@sbcglobal.net

Why are you the best person for this job?

I am the best person for this job because of my willingness to listen to all points of view, looking beyond the simple solutions to solve a problem and my commitment to the community. I vow to work hard and continue to keep Mequon a desired community to live.

How do you maintain a balance between the rural feel of the city vs. increasing the tax base? To keep the rural feel, it is imperative that we maintain areas like the Mequon Nature preserve which should be left untouched. There are areas of Mequon that make sense to increase small businesses and stores such as the Town Center. Mequon needs this type of development to not only increase the tax base but to enhance the city with new places to dine or shop. This ultimately creates a more desirable place to live.

What is the best plan to turn the Town Center into a viable TIF district?

The proposed building development is a great starting catalyst to attract more quality shopping. I'd love to see Mequon have a shopping area that not only serves a need for those who live in Mequon, but also provides a draw to others living outside of the area. Mequon needs the Town Center to give the city an identity, similar to other communities in the area. The river walk extension in addition to the Town Center will combine the best assets this city has to offer. These changes will provide the necessary business growth while maintaining the desired small town feel.

John Leszczynski

Age: 49

Employer/occupation: owns and operates Rustic Retreats Log Homes.

Education: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Class of 1986

Contact: (414) 651-4089 (cell); (262) 242-2802 (home); John@PioneerloghomesMidwest.com

Why are you the best person for this job?

I have business experience and passion. I owned/operated a log home manufacturing plant and construction business and three bars and restaurants. I understand budgets, financial priorities and the success that comes from teamwork. I have a unique perspective into the decision-making process and I problem-solve with common sense.

How do you maintain a balance between the rural feel of the city vs. increasing the tax base? We keep and maintain our open green spaces and implement healthy growth strategies. We have allocated industrial space and business corridors that aren't filled. Let's roll out the red carpet and bring in new business people who are a good financial fit and who want to be a part of our community. Their revenue will supplement our tax base.

What is the best plan to turn the Town Center into a viable TIF district?

There was a day we could pick and choose which businesses we wanted to embrace in our community. We no longer live in that environment. If we are to succeed, we need to work with developers to adjust and help make their proposals viable and acceptable so it's a win-win for all. I'd like to see a marketing plan/strategy so we can position ourselves on the offense. Currently, a lot of people don't know what we are trying to accomplish. It's imperative that our city representatives understand the importance of a financially viable TIF district.

Cherry Lange

Age: not provided

Employer/occupation: retired vice president of Wisconsin Discount Securities after 32 years

Education: BA from Alverno College in business and management; minor in computer science

Contact: snowcherry15@gmail.comVice

Why are you the best person for this job?

I have been in the investment and real estate for better than 30 years. I can understand viewpoints of a small town homeowner as well as that of a big city investor and everything in between. I am willing to do the homework to understand what may be at stake.

How do you maintain a balance between the rural feel of the city vs. increasing the tax base? I think the rural feel of Mequon is firmly in tact. However, in order for the rural feel to continue, every form of development needs to be weighed for pluses and minuses. Mequon has a Master Plan for the future. I intend to adhere to that plan as well as to listen to my constituents concerns going forward.

What is the best plan to turn the Town Center into a viable TIF district?

I am not well versed enough in this matter to comment at this time.

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