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Voters guide for Muskego 3rd Aldermanic District

March 10, 2014

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


NEIL BORGMAN (I)

Age: 63

Address: W16972 Briargate Lane

Years in community: 38

Employer/occupation: mechanical design engineer

Education: associate degree technical engineering - mechanical, Milwaukee Area Technical College

Political history: on Common Council (10 years), serving also on the Muskego Planning Commission; over my tenure as an alderman, I have been council president and on the Finance, Public Works, Public Utilities and Public Safety committees; former council representative to the Library Board, Historical Society and the Little Muskego Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District; also served on several ad hoc committees

Community involvement: member of Atonement Lutheran Church, Muskego, for 41 years; past Church Council president; former Sunday School superintendent; past board of directors, Lutherdale Bible Camp, Elkhorn

Family: wife, Karen; two married children; four grandchildren

Contact: (414) 422-0791; neborgman@wi.rr.com

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

Some people I have talked to are questioning the spending actions of the city government. People are still struggling with job or income losses during the continuing recession. At the same time, the city is extravagantly spending on capital improvements that outstrip the city's resources. A special interest group or someone's "personal vision" is no substitute for responsible analysis of civic needs, alternatives and acceptance of public input. My record demonstrates I listen to and respect the voters who elected me to represent them. That is the only way to restore voter confidence in local government.

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

In conversations with neighbors and constituents, the same two issues come up constantly — lack of foresight and lack of planning on the part of the city. My voting record over the past 10 years demonstrates my respect for every dollar paid in taxes. Now that Waukesha County's Janesville Road project is nearly complete, Muskego needs alderpersons who are educated and experienced in responsible operation of local government. Between being the senior alderman currently serving Muskego, and my sincere interest in and respect for the wishes of the voters, I am the best candidate and ask for your vote.

TOM RECK

Age: 54

Address: S6701 Muskego Drive

Years in community: 17

Employer/occupation: Avastone Technologies, director, IT project management

Education: bachelor's degree in marketing, with minor in computer science, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; master of business administration, emphasis on management, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Political history: elected Little Muskego Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District, 2007 to the present, secretary; appointed to the Assessors Board of Review, 2011 to present, and Mayor's Task Force on Communications, 2011 to present

Community involvement: Muskego Water Bugs, 1983 to present – past president; member Muskego Chamber of Commerce; former member Muskego Moose Lodge; owner of a small business in the rental property and home remodeling areas

Family: single; sister Jennifer

Contact: (262) 674-6574; reck4alderman@gmail.com

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

After discussions with city, county and state representatives it's clear maintaining efficiencies in government, while maintaining a high level of service, will be an ongoing challenge. Bringing forth practices which promote common sense growth while being fiscally responsible is my promise to the taxpayer. It should also be noted that the heroin problem within the city of Muskego has reached epidemic proportions and is of great cost to families as well as the taxpayer. A collaboration of all organizations within our community is necessary to attack this problem and implement a comprehensive program to educate, prevent and intervene.

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

My positive commitment to the people of District 3 and passion to continually improve and build this community will be the foundation of my service. I have a proven track record as a leader both in business and within our community. Muskego's District 3 needs a fresh perspective, out of the box thinking, new passion and well thought-out solutions to our modern day technical problems and issues, while working in and promoting a cooperative atmosphere. The days of contention and pointing out the problems without providing any solutions have to end. I will work toward providing the solution.

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