Last Words from the Village Board Candidates
With just days before Greendale heads to the voting booth on April 5, Everything Greendale contacted each trustee candidate to get their last words and final pitch to the voters as to why they are the best candidate to serve on the Greendale Village Board. You can find their closing statements below.
Greendale Votes on April 5
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Brian Schuk, Village Board Candidate (read the interview)
I ask for your vote on April 5th so I can serve as your voice on the Village Board. I will bring fiscal responsibility, transparency and collaboration to the board as I represent you. We have innovative ideas that can provide balance, meeting the requirements of our traditions while also serving the needs of the next generation. I will bring value to the Greendale Village Board as a result of my experience as a municipal attorney. My daily work means that I understand the complexities that a Trustee must sort through in making decisions that best benefit the community. I have the necessary experience to understand our local tax rates, the community service needs, as well as the scrutiny to provide for any future redevelopment proposals for the Village. We live in a great community and we need leadership that listens to the people, and then delivers based on the needs of our citizens.
Bill Kewan, Village Board Candidate (read the interview)
This election boils down to one question. “Do you like the way the Village Trustees have operated government to date?” If so, vote to return the incumbent trustees. Look beyond the bells and whistles and slick advertising of the challengers and ask, “What’s broken that needs fixing?” Do the challengers have a hidden agenda? Look at the list of endorsements on my opponent’s web page. Notice the number of school district and GEF members listed. Do you want the school board meddling in Village business? Contrast the negative publicity surrounding the school board with the positive publicity from Village government and ask, “Which set of candidates to vote for?” The incumbent trustees have more than just ideas, they have a positive voting record of achievements and visionary thinking. The incumbents will represent ALL the people, not just those who endorse them.
Rich Busalacchi, Village Board Candidate (read the interview)
Please consider supporting me if you desire a trustee who is willing to look at both sides of an issue and reach a consensus that achieves the best outcome for all involved. What we need now more than ever is someone on our village board who can be entrepreneurial, reach across politics, and find common interests and solutions. Greendale is a village where individuals who have differences of opinion can be respected for their convictions and beliefs but are also able to work with others who have opposing views and find a solution that is mutually beneficial for each other and ultimately has a positive impact and outcome for our Village and the residents of Greendale. I have more than ideas and visionary thinking, I have a proven track record of accomplishments both personally, professionally, and on the boards and associations I serve on including the Lions Club, Public Celebrations Committee, Greendale Education Foundation, and multiple school committees. I just don’t vote on it, I do it. When you cast your “Double Down” and vote for Rich for the One Year and Three Year Term. For more information about me and my vision for Greendale please visit www.forwardgreendale.com. FORWARD Greendale!
Carl Genz, Village Board Candidate (read the interview)
Dear neighbors — six years ago, when I was first elected to the Board of Trustees I pledged “To be a voice for all in Village Hall” and try to respond to citizen’s questions and concerns as soon as possible. If I don’t know the answer, I will find out who does. I also promised to always be mindful of the hardworking families and senior citizens on fixed incomes in Greendale. I am proud to say, that over the same period the average tax levy increase has been less than 1% per year. But I know we can do better! That’s why for the past two consecutive years I have proposed 0% tax levy increase plans. I will continue to work toward this goal if given the chance. On April 5th, Please consider my record of good stewardship with your tax dollars when you vote for Village Trustee!
Ron Barbian, Village Board Candidate (read the interview)
I would first like to take this opportunity to encourage all Greendale residents to vote April 5 th for whoever they feel will best guide the Village forward for the next three years, the key is for you to vote. In my time as a trustee I have tried to guide the Village in the direction of preserving our unique heritage while moving forward with development in specific areas of our community. Our growth in the Southridge and corridors of 76th and Loomis road is significant and solidifying the future of Greendale with current and future tax revenue rather than increasing the resident tax burden. During my time as a trustee and Chair of the Finance committee, taxes over the last five years were raised at an average of 0.71% while increasing the services provided to our residents during this same period, a difficult task to accomplish and impossible without the fantastic employees that help create and follow the yearly budgets. The trustees in addition protected the green space that our residents cherish as part of the appeal of Greendale along with superior schools and as I said superior services. As a trustee I have made a commitment to respond to resident concerns and do my best to represent all residents in the decisions made at the Village level, I am a resident no different than you with the same concerns. I have been extensively involved in various School and Village organizations consistently since 1988, to be a part of the community. There are always topics or choices to improve in any Municipality and being open to ideas that are new is vital to any elected official, I have always been a leader in forward thinking and open to discussion. I would ask that you consider before casting one of your three trustee votes if in your opinion, I have been a solid steward of your trust and deserve to continue to be part of the leadership of your community. If so I would ask that you vote for Ron Barbian