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Two candidates are vying to represent District 2 on the Sun Prairie City Council. The term is for two years. The election is April 5.

Stephanie Coy

Age: 39

Address: 917 North Pine St.

Family: Never married; raising two sons and a daughter between 7 and 16

Job: I work two jobs, and am currently taking classes to get my real estate license in Wisconsin.

Political experience: None

Other public service: I volunteer for Sunshine Place and Cards Closet

Education: Associate degree in real estate from Madison College. I am also licensed in the state of Ohio.

Jonathan Freund

Age: 42

Address: 1463 Pebblebrook Trail

Family: Married to Tara; son Max

Job: Small business owner, financial and technology consulting

Political experience: Nine years on Sun Prairie City Council and former Sun Prairie Mayor

Other public service: Wisconsin Emergency Management Communications Committee, Dane County 911 Center Board, Dane County Interoperability Governance Steering Committee, Sun Prairie Utility Commission

Education: Master’s degree in business administration, Edgewood College; bachelor’s degree in finance and management, Edgewood & Winona State University


What makes you the most qualified person for this position?

Coy: I am the most qualified because I can open myself up to all people in my community and let them know that I care about their concerns, and will do my best to find a solution.

Freund: I have the past experience in Sun Prairie government to become an immediate asset to the council and constituents. During my tenure I have demonstrated sound, balanced leadership on issues critically important at this time to Sun Prairie — economic development, public safety, public infrastructure and responsible fiscal planning — as we move forward.

How would you describe the council’s relationship with the mayor, and what would you change?

Coy: I think he is doing a great job, and wouldn’t change anything. I have only met him once and he and his wife are very down-to-earth people.

Freund: Contentious at times. I would work with colleagues to bring a more balanced relationship between council members.

While no one will agree on everything, the council needs to function better and that includes the mayor. I have worked to forge relationships with every member on the current council — specifically Mayor (Paul) Esser and intend to bring a better working relationship during my time on the council.

If you could reverse one city action, what would that be?

Coy: Getting rid of the current cab company we have and making the transportation in our city more convenient.

Freund: The upheaval caused by the council moving away from the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department toward city run fire. While the decision was ultimately reversed, it tore the community and council apart and led to mistrust between SPVFD, the community and the city council.

I and two other members blocked this as a budget amendment and ultimately brokered a 5-year extension and expanded station coverage for the community.

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