Franklin — Kristen Wilhelm will be defending her aldermanic seat for District 3 against Franklin resident Ray Lenz in the spring election April 1.
The incumbent has served two terms on the Common Council and has been appointed to several committees, including the Finance Committee and Park Commission. She also served eight years on the city's Environmental Commission at the request of former Mayor Fred Klimetz.
"I believe residents deserve personal attention," Wilhelm said. "I consider myself a problem-solver, and there are always items in need of resolution. The positive feedback I get as a result of my dedication to constituents is the most rewarding aspect of my job.
"I want to continue building our identity and sense of community as a safe and desirable city at a cost we can afford."
Among her achievements as alderman, Wilhelm said, is that she helped lower building and maintenance costs by defending reasonable road widths, preserved a neighborhood by eliminating Sycamore Street and helped resolve multiple water-supply and pavement issues as well as promoting public safety while still linking local businesses.
Wilhelm also produces an e-newsletter to inform residents about decisions made by the Common Council.
"Residents want to know they are listened to," Wilhelm said. "Their viewpoints are invaluable to me related to my votes before the council. … I use each contact with residents to help provide an understanding of the city process. Government has an obligation to be transparent with its actions and should be committed to delivering efficient city services."
More information about Wilhelm can be found on her website, www.wilhelm4district3.com.
Lenz has been a resident of Franklin for more than 20 years.
"Although I'm a newcomer as a candidate for public office, I am an old-timer as a public servant," Lenz states on his website, www.lenz4alderman.com. "My entire career of over 35 years has been spent in public service."
Lenz worked as a forensic scientist for the Chicago Police Department before moving to Wisconsin, where he has served as a forensic scientist in the state's Department of Justice Crime Lab in Milwaukee for more than 20 years.
He also serves on St. Martin of Tours' parish council and is a member of the church's Human Concerns Committee. He is a member of the Franklin Historical Society.
Lenz's platform is simple: He will listen to the people.
"I have been asked 'What is your hot button issue?' Well it really doesn't matter what I want or need or think is important, it is what the people of the district want or need or think is important that matters. It is your job as alderman to see if those things are obtainable and what is the best and most fiscally responsible way to achieve those goals."
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