Franklin — Common Council President Steve Taylor will be defending his District 4 aldermanic seat against Franklin School Board President Janet Evans, should he not be elected as the city's mayor April 1.
Taylor, who represents the city's 4th District and also serves as a Milwaukee County Board Supervisor, said his constituents know he is committed to serving the community.
"I have represented this district for six years, and we (the council) have done a lot of good things," Taylor said, citing decisions made regarding drainage issues, public safety and community involvement.
"I've built a lot of great relationships with the residents in the 4th District," he said. "When they reach out to me, they know they'll get a response right back. ... My constituents know what to expect from me because of my six years of interaction (with them)."
Taylor moved to Franklin in 2006 and has seen the city develop in ways other areas have not, he said.
"While communities around us have struggled with the hard economy, Franklin continues to get good development proposals ... and I want to continue being involved with that," Taylor said.
If Taylor is elected mayor, "the (4th) District will still be well-represented," he added. "All those people in the district can still contact me. I'm still here, and I'm not going anywhere."
As School Board president and a member of the board for five years, Evans said, she believes it's time to build partnerships that have been lacking in Franklin government.
"My leadership experience on the School Board will be a useful resource to the Common Council," Evans said. "They're lacking that positive relationship right now. I think I would be an asset to the city and, right now, other communities do have that partnership with their schools.
"We need to be proactive in our city ... and that means having partnerships between the school, the city and other nearby communities."
Evans has been a Franklin resident for 36 years and has served on various School Board committees, including Community and Governmental Relations.
Public safety is a main concern of Evans' campaign platform, because the city needs to prepare for a tragedy "as if there will be a tragedy," such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks, she said.
"As a community member, you need to be prepared (for a tragedy) for yourself first," but the Common Council must think about the city as a whole; it all leads back to building relationships inside, and outside, the community, she said.
Evans said that community service has always been an aspect of her life, and, after having recently retired as an administrative assistant in the Oak Creek-Franklin School District, she embraces the opportunity to have an impact in both city and school positions.
As an involved member of the community, "I'll bring humility to the council," she said. "I believe it's important to be humble when representing your citizens; I believe they're looking for that."
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