Citizens of Oshkosh, I sincerely appreciate the confidence and trust you placed in me by electing me to serve on the city's Common Council this past Tuesday (April 2).
I'm honored and delighted to serve in this capacity to help improve Oshkosh during the next two years. I admit my regret not making a decision to pursue a seat on the council much sooner and through a more conventional election. Friends and family can attest I've considered seeking a seat in past years, even as recently as this past December and always made the excuse that "it's not the right time." But after a seat was left vacant for a write in this past January and another vacancy created through the resignation of Mr. Hall in mid March, I surmised that if now wasn't the right time for me to pursue the council there likely would never be a "right time."
I firmly believe Oshkosh is on a positive track toward achieving the potential it has as an outstanding place to start a business, raise a family, educate our children, find fulfilling and meaningful employment, and to ultimately enjoy a healthy and safe lifestyle. From my perspective, examples illustrating this potential during the past two years alone are plentiful: the community-supported Oaklawn Elementary School under construction, the soon-to-reopen hotel at our riverfront downtown, the growth of our University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus, the gradual expansion and development of the riverwalk, and the emerging efforts to restore identity and pride to our city's neighborhoods. I could make an even longer list. The point is we've collectively created forward momentum in our community, and I'm genuinely pleased to join this council and ensure this momentum - along with our community values and heritage - endures long into the future.