Responses to a questionnaire received from the Wisconsin Conservation Voters
Why are you running for office?
Now retired from medical practice, I remain committed to service. I believe that local government works best when we remember that we are all neighbors and that we need each other’s respect. By caring for one another’s wellbeing, we make our place to live the best that it can be for everyone.
Why should Wisconsin Conservative Voters endorse you in this election?
I believe in and will always work for healthy people living on a healthy planet.
What is the top conservation issue in your community and how would you work to address it once elected?
On July 11, 2019, the La Crosse City Council unanimously passed a resolution establishing a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy across the city by 2050. As a new Council member, I would insist that we continue with concrete and practical steps to meet this goal.
What do you think local government’s role is in addressing climate change?
I believe that local government should lead by example, actively support climate activists’ initiatives, celebrate our common goal and partner with other green energy expertise in our community.
What, if any, challenges does your community face with drinking water? How would you work to address those challenges?
La Crosse has a water pipe study en course (from July 2019 through 2021). It will be important to follow up findings with corrective policy as needed. La Crosse City will also need to collaborate with state and federal resources to mitigate and resolve the ground water PFAS contamination that has been identified around the regional airport from fire fighting chemicals.
What do you think the role of municipalities is in administering fair and accessible elections? What are local initiates you would support to increase access to the ballot?
I believe that our community should partner with activist groups (such as the League of Women Voters) for voter education and encouragement. We should continuously review and seek ways to ease and citizens’ access to voting.
What other issues would you address if elected?
Homelessness is an immensely important issue that our community is called upon to resolve. We need to give attention to the continuous renewal of housing stock in our city with improved energy efficiency and quality.
Do You Agree with the Following Wisconsin Conservation Voters Value Statements?
Values Relating to Clean Water
I will fight for safe, clean drinking water for everyone.
I will make removing lead pipes from my community’s water system a priority.
I believe local government has a responsibility to ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water.
I believe that those who pollute water, land, and air should be held accountable.
Values Relating to Climate Change
I will work to move my community to commit to 100% clean energy by 2050.
I believe local communities are the frontlines of action on climate change and I will work proactively to pass policies that reduce carbon emission in my community.
Because local communities are the frontlines of climate change impacts, I will work proactively to make our communities more resilient.
I believe local governments should invest in measures to reduce energy use.
I believe local governments should invest in clean energy such as solar, wind or geothermal when it is possible.
I believe local government fleet vehicles should be electrified or converted to clean burning fuels such as compressed natural gas when it is possible.
I believe schools should include climate science education in their curricula.
Values Relating to Inclusive and Diverse Communities
I will work to ensure that everyone, especially people most impacted, has a seat at the table in a just transition to a clean energy future.
I believe the most vulnerable communities most effected by pollution must be among the decision makers in finding solutions to climate change and the drinking water crisis.
Values Relating to Democracy and Voter Access
I believe communities should make voting as accessible as possible by ensuring weekend and evening early voting hours at multiple locations.
I believe communities should recruit and train poll workers to ensure that there is enough staffing to provide free and fair elections and that individuals are not disenfranchised at he polls.
I believe communities should adopt best practices for voting by mail, including offering secure absentee ballot drop boxes and having a robust ballot curing process.
I believe municipalities should train city staff to offer the opportunity to register to vote when citizens interact with government agencies, including but not limited to libraries and community centers.