Wisconsin State Journal (copy)

A political newcomer is challenging a three-term incumbent for the Fitchburg City Council’s Seat 1 on April 4. (I) indicates incumbent.

Dorothy Krause (I)

Age: 61

Address: 2105 Apache Drive

Family: 3 grown children, first grandchild on the way

Job: Self-employed

Political experience: Fitchburg City Council since 2011, including serving on the Board of Public Works, Community and Economic Development Authority, Personnel Committee, Landmarks Commission, Public Safety and Human Services, Personnel Committee and Broadband Commission; Dane County Board since 2012, including serving on the Public Protection and Judiciary Committee, Commission on Economic & Workforce Development, Equal Opportunity Commission, Health and Human Needs Committee, Area Agency on Aging Board, Specialized Transportation Commission, Long Term Support Committee, Human Services Board, Poverty Commission, Land Conservation Committee, Airport Commission and the Dane County Development Corporation board of directors

Other public service: Regular participant in the Verona Road Business Coalition and Verona Road construction meetings; Jamestown, Dunn’s Marsh and Allied-Dunn’s Marsh neighborhood associations; Allied Stakeholders; Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity (jail related); various political groups: Dane Dems, Progressive Dane, OurRevolution, Leading Locally – Madison; many other city and county meetings

Education: College coursework in nursing, computers, business and graphic design

Email or website: dorothyk@charter.net

Rich Tate

Age: 63

Address: 5710 Smithfield Circle

Family: Wife Angela; daughter Maja; adult children Alona, Brendan and David; grandson Will

Job: Semi-retired, working part time at the Village Bar in Madison

Political experience: None

Other public service: Board of Review (alternate), appointed May 2016; Transportation and Transit Commission 2013 to 2016; Fitchburg Library Building Oversight Committee 2009 to 2011; Broadband Telecommunications Commission, (f/k/a Cable Commission) 1999 to 2011; numerous volunteer activities benefiting organizations including American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, the Urban League of Greater Madison, Wisconsin Public Television, St. Mary’s Hospital

Education: AA Architecture, MATC

Email or website: rich.4.fitchburg@gmail.com

Q&A

List three of your top priorities

Krause: Finding ways for all council members to be full participants in the process; promoting positive community relationships in problematic neighborhoods; bringing jobs to the city intended to help lift residents out of poverty. In general, finding ways to bring more prosperity to more of the city.

Tate: Public Safety: Work with landlords to improve screening and compliance with city ordinances and work with city departments to address buildings with chronic concerns and improve street lighting. Taxes: Keep taxes steady by depending on growth in our tax base to ease any increases and phasing in new spending. Growth: Work with the University of Wisconsin’s UniverCity Year project to review how to best manage growth, affordable housing, transportation and public safety.

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

Krause: Way back when, I’d have built our two fire stations where they now need to be so we wouldn’t be going through the painful process of relocating them. Seriously, we’ve taken on so many huge capital projects in the past number of years, that it’s going to take time to dig out.

Tate: Public safety continues to be a concern in my neighborhood. As a supporter of the “broken windows theory,” I feel that we can improve our quality of life by getting involved before anything becomes a greater problem. I’d like to see the city re-implement the neighborhood task force that focused on community-policing strategies. Then we should involve the alders and all city departments to address quality-of-life issues.

How would you change the way the city handles development?

Krause: We should figure out what we want in the city and search for it, rather than waiting to see “what the market brings.” That applies particularly to housing and jobs for low-income populations. We need a lot more small-scale business development intended to serve the needs of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Tate: Fitchburg is unique in that it contains rural, urban and suburban areas. We should be open to project ideas from representatives of any of these three areas. Let’s not adhere to ideologies regarding the types of businesses we want and what commercial and industrial development we will allow. Let’s base our decisions on the jobs, housing, valuation and services to our city that these projects may bring. I value the expertise of the staff of our Economic Development department and have faith in their recommendations.

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