Two candidates are vying for a seat on the Verona City Council in District 3 in the April 3 election. Terms are for two years. (I) indicates incumbent.
Address: 204 N. Shuman St.
Job: Health educator and research coordinator, UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health
Prior elected office: None
Other public service: Volunteer, Badger Prairie Needs Network; Membership Committee, First Unitarian Society; meal provider, Grace Episcopal Men’s Shelter
Education: B.A. in communications, law, economics and government, American University, 1994; Master of Public Health, International Health and Nutrition, Emory University, 1998
Brad Stiner (I)
Address: 201 Noel Way
Job: Elementary teacher, retired
Prior elected office: Alderman, Verona
Education: Kent State University, elementary education, 1976
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
List three of your top priorities.
Cronin: My priorities are reasonably priced housing, family-supporting jobs and expanded access to regional transit opportunities. Verona leaders need to intentionally identify and attract employers that will provide family-supporting jobs, which means we need to simultaneously cultivate a climate that makes Verona attractive to businesses, while also offering a range of housing and transportation options.
Stiner: Maintaining current level of services, allow for controlled growth, maintain city neighborhood maintenance program.
If you could reverse one city action, what would that be?
Cronin: Considering the impact of city development choices on residents is a priority for me. The development of East Verona Avenue, with an almost exclusive focus on fast-casual restaurants, reflect city actions I would reverse. I would have advocated for a more diverse mix of business, including locally owned businesses and a limit on the density of fast-casual restaurants.
Stiner: Control of North M project.
How would you change the way the city handles development?
Cronin: We need to think strategically about Verona’s development choices and the impact these decisions have on residents’ quality of life. Creating opportunities for citizen input in Verona’s development decisions is challenging but critically important to envisioning, creating and maintaining healthy, diverse neighborhoods. The city needs to use a variety of transparent and easily accessible methods to ensure this happens.
Stiner: No change; a strong conservative style established by retiring mayor.