Two candidates with extensive public service backgrounds are vying for Seat 2 on the Fitchburg City Council on April 4.
Address: 2561 Roanoke Circle
Family: Three grown children (Randy, Diana and Allie); five grandchildren
Job: Retired from Madison Area Technical College, Grants Office
Political experience: None
Other public service: Commission on Aging, Friends of the Library Board secretary, Library Strategic Planning Committee, Jamestown Neighborhood Association treasurer, former treasurer for a number of nonprofits, church treasurer, former volunteer trainer for Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs (WAGS), graduate of Fitchburg Citizens Police Academy, former union steward (American Federation of Teachers), former Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts leader
Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, minor in economics, from UW-Whitewater
Email or website: www.FriendsforAnneScott.com
Address: 5666 King James Court #4
Family: Married with three children and six grandchildren
Job: CEO of Peace Network Inc.
Political experience: Fitchburg Community Economic Development Authority
Other public service: Community organizer and advocate, Black Women’s Wellness Planning Committee, End Abuse Coalition Domestic Violence: member of Teen Summit Committee, Child and Family Advocate Committee and Leadership Circle, Youth Empowered Civic Leadership — Climate Committee, Am I My Sister’s Keeper trip planner, Council of Communities member
Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, licensed CNA, licensed medical assistant
Email or website: www.friends4wandasmith.com
List three of your top priorities.
Scott: Safe, strong neighborhoods, responsible development, affordable housing
Smith: Equity, safety, economic development
If you could reverse one city action, what would that be?
Scott: Since I haven’t had a voice in what has happened, I’ll choose something that I would have supported: a city complex for summer recreational programs and activities and a municipal swimming pool.
Smith: Racial disparities.
How would you change the way the city handles development?
Scott: I would be more open to encouraging businesses to locate in Fitchburg. We need to increase our tax base to lower property taxes and provide good jobs for residents.
Smith: When we talk about bringing in business to build a tax base so that we can fund community initiatives for those with most need, we have to do these things: 1.) Best value contracting, meaning don’t just take the lowest bid; look for a unionized company that has the most diverse and local workforce. 2.) Build up and not necessary out. Sprawl increases segregation, poverty, requires private transportation and a need to raise taxes to build pipelines, roads, services and maintenance. 3.) We talk about building a tax base to fund community initiatives but we actually have to do it now so the needs of our economically challenged communities are met.