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Voters guide for Muskego 5th Aldermanic District

March 10, 2014

Editor's Note: Candidates were asked to limit responses to 100 words.

JOHN ENGELHARDT

Age: 66

Address: S7149 Hillside Drive

Years in community: 25

Employer/occupation: pastor of Muskego Apostolic Tabernacle Church; has been in vocational doing mechanical trade work and carpentry

Education: associate degree, 1969, Rock Valley College, Rockford, Ill.; studies included accounting, marketing and business management

Political history: unsuccessful bid for alderman; experience lobbying state legislators on education issues in the 1980s; helped with door-to-door campaigning for a congressional candidate, also in the 1980s

Community involvement: elections official since 2000; Chamber of Commerce, 25 years, past board member and treasurer, currently on chamber high school business mentoring committee; Country Christmas event; Jammin' on Janesville; Muskego Festival; Citizens Police Academy; support Police explorer's unit; worked on various Muskego school committees including strategic planning, facilities study, and human growth and development; Neighborhood Watch; pastoral work at all levels

Family: wife, Shirley; three married daughters with five grandchildren

Contact: (414) 840-8460; Johne4district5@yahoo.com; www.johnengelhardt.net

What is the biggest challenge facing Muskego and how would you address it?

Keeping Muskego the best place to live, work and play by carefully leading our city in economic development, reaching full potential on Janesville Road, wise use of tax money, continuing good budgeting practices to keep the highest level of quality services. This kind of vision leads to a vibrant, growing community with excellent property values and enjoying natural resources including our wonderful parks and trails. There is a deep and growing concern for heroin use problems in our community and we must address this need with combined efforts in our city between organizations and institutions working together with city government.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

In making Muskego my home and community for the past 25 years I have shared in the love of people and development of our city. My life experiences have been centered on servant leadership. I am presently semi-retired allowing opportunity to serve my community through availability both daytime and evening. I enthusiastically share in making Muskego the best place to live, work and play for both young and old. My professional life has given rich experience in collaborative and administrative work with both people and fiscal responsibilities. I will bring practical "know how" to the team.

JAMES GAGE

Age: 60

Address: W20177 Monterey Drive

Years in community: 21

Employer/occupation: project manager for residential/commercial construction and subdivision development with Thelen Total Construction, Elkhorn; founder/editor/coachjim for http://www.mymuskegonews.com/

Education: bachelor's degree, United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.; licensed master, U.S. Coast Guard

Political history: first try for public office

Community involvement: formerly on the St. Leonard's Athletic Association

Family: married, two children

Contact: jim4muskego@gmail.com; http://jim4muskego.org/

What is the biggest challenge facing Muskego and how would you address it?

Spending and taxes are almost always the number one issue. Recently, Muskego has done a good job moving our community forward and I would like to keep that trend going. Another Key Issue For 2014: economic development — well thought-out economic development in presently zoned areas (i.e. Muskego Business Park, Moorland corridor and Parkland). Muskego also has to be able to supplement some present funding sources that are due to expire in the future with economic growth.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

Our city has a reputation for being the home to smart, thoughtful people and with your permission I would like to represent you and keep Muskego the Best Home Town to Raise a Young Family. http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2013/best-towns-wisconsin-young-families/

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