I am part of a group of Mequon residents who have served the community in various capacities and want the city to flourish for years to come. We share a concern that democracy is not well served and city governance suffers when local elections aren’t contested. We formed the Committee for Election Choices to interest citizens to run for the three Aldermanic positions to be filled at the April 1, 2014 election. Our efforts to interest a qualified individual to enter the contest were successful in District 5 with a highly qualified candidate, Patrick Rochford filing to run. We endorse him and urge the residents of District 5 to vote for him. In District 3 we were unsuccessful in finding a candidate to run against the incumbent and regrettably there will be no choice of candidates.
In District 2 the incumbent Alderman Ken Zganjar chose not to run for re-election and only one individual filed to run. Efforts to interest other individuals to run and file nomination papers by the deadline were unsuccessful. After the deadline for filing candidacy papers in order to appear on the ballot had passed we were successful in persuading Connie Pukaite to allow us to wage a write in campaign on her behalf. Here is why we want Connie to be elected as District 2 Alderman.
Connie believes voters should be able to choose representatives from among multiple candidates in order to preserve a strong representative democracy. Without choices, voters simply have to accept whoever walks onto the field. That’s not representative government. Connie is concerned for the future of Mequon in view of vocal opposition to growth in Mequon. She believes Mequon’s future depends upon steady, measured and quality growth of its tax base to maintain low tax rates, yet support city services and our Number One School District.
As Alderman from 1981-1986 during the recession, Connie worked hard with the City Council, Plan Commission and staff to craft Mequon’s first Comprehensive Land Use Plan and high quality development standards that remain the foundation of development today. She served responsibility as Mayor from 1986 to 1992 to assure that competing development proposals conformed to Mequon’s plan and met our high quality standards.
She did that well, and although many development proposals were denied, many others were approved, changing the physical profile of our City from two-thirds farmland to more residential neighborhoods followed by business development. Examples of some of the fine proposals approved during her terms in office include:
• Stonefield’s neighborhood
• River Ridge neighborhood
• The Mequon Business Park • The Pavilions of Mequon
• North Shore Theaters
• East Towne Veterinary Clinic
Those developments and more approved between mid-80’s and 1992 are the very reason Mequon’s tax rate remained low and steady in later years and continues to be low today. Connie Pukaite believes the purpose of City government is to provide for the well-being of the community in the present; but more importantly, to provide support for future generations. Government is responsible to take a long-term view of emerging needs, set strategic policy directions, provide infrastructure and a planning framework in which the City of Mequon may enjoy measured growth and promote an economy that can flourish for the benefit of all.
That’s what voters will get if they write in Connie Pukaite on the April 1 ballot for District 2 Alderman.
David Romoser, Treasurer, Committee for Election Choices
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