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General election voters guide for West Allis Aldermanic District 5

March 11, 2014

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


KEVIN HAASS

Age: 40

Address: 3420 S. 122nd St.

Years in community: lifelong West Allis resident

Employer/occupation: attorney; founder and managing attorney of Forward Disability Attorneys

Education: West Allis Central High School, 1992; University of Wisconsin-Madison, bachelor's degree in political science, 1996; Marquette University Law School, law degree, 1999

Political history: first try for public office

Community involvement: West Allis Police and Fire Commission; formerly on the West Allis Board of Review, serving as chairman; executive board vice president of the Three Harbors Council, Boy Scouts of America; Cub Scout Den Leader, Pack 53, Hoover School; Eagle Scout; Plymouth United Church of Christ, active member on church and ministry team, southeast association, United Church of Christ; Rotary Club of Milwaukee; Community Alliance Against Drugs

Family: wife, Carolyn; twin children Clara and Henry, age 7

Contact: cellphone (414) 704-1164; kevin@electkevinhaass.com; electkevinhaass.com

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

Maintaining quality of life is the biggest challenge facing West Allis and must be a singular focus of municipal government. By continuing strategies of sensible redevelopment and effective city services with a priority on public safety, we can maintain this quality of life.

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

I will be responsible and responsive. I will be responsible as a good steward of our tax dollars. I will be responsive to the concerns of all: residents, businesses and the community as a whole. As I go door-to-door campaigning, I have had the opportunity to talk to voters. What I hear is that an alderman must be responsive to the community. I am providing my cell phone number so that voters will know I will be responsive to citizen and community issues.

GERALD MATTER

Age: 72

Address: 11426 W. Montana Ave.

Years in community: 72

Employer/occupation: president of Gunite Contracting Corp.

Education: West Allis Central High School graduate

Political history: unsuccessful bid for 5th District alderman in 2006

Community involvement: chairman of West Allis Community Development Authority and the West Allis Economic Development Committee; board member of the West Allis Community Improvement Foundation

Family: wife, Sharon; son, Dan, 46; daughter, Leslie 44

Contact: cellphone (414) 550-0431; gerrymatter@outlook.com

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

Redevelopment of vacant and underutilized properties is the largest challenge. As chairman of the Community Development Authority, I have actively supported initiatives to address these issues. The recent expansion of programs to assist low- to moderate-income families on the east side to maintain the appearance of their homes and to correct code violations is an example of this effort. We have been successful in attracting a new hotel to West Allis and a proposed light industrial development on the Yellow Freight site. We must continue to promote West Allis as a great place to live and work.

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

I am a lifelong local resident and property owner. I am thoroughly familiar with the city and the problems facing us. It has been my pleasure to serve West Allis as chairman of the Community Development Authority and as a member of many other West Allis committees over the years. My years of running a small business have honed my management skills and given me insight to the problems facing small businesses. I will use these tools to provide a continued high level of service that the 5th District and West Allis deserve.

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