Hello Neighbors

This is an important time for our neighborhood. Safety and traffic concerns along Sherman Avenue, the Union Corners development proposals, a new joint neighborhood plan for Eken Park/Emerson East and the 2013 opening of the Northside Planning Council’s FEED Kitchen project are all cornerstones of development for our community and our city.

1-8_Leslie_ESN     My opponent and I are both qualified to hold public office, but my life experience and practical vision will help shape a better future for the Eastside. My personal and professional experience as a small business owner and public health worker allow me a unique insight into the needs of the entire community, and how best to facilitate progressive improvements in our city. It is important for District 12 to be represented by a strong progressive voice, as a reflection of the values of our community members.

Neighborhoods trust alders to serve and build healthy communities. All too often public monies are used for projects that should be privately funded or are not properly vetted while the immediate needs of our community are underfunded, such as affordable housing, safe and accessible biking routes, and community spaces that serve our youth and seniors. We can do better. Development projects must be sustainable, pro-union, locally-sourced with community benefit agreements attached, and economically viable while avoiding accruing further city debt if possible. There needs to more input from residents and public oversight to maintain transparency and accountability of all stakeholders.

I have a proven track record as a watchdog, advocate, interpreter, educator, parent, entrepreneur, and active community member over the last 35 years, and I’m well situated to provide the best representation for District 12 residents. But don’t just take my word for it.

Heidi Wegleitner and Barbara Vedder at the 2012 Progressive Dane Garden Party.

Heidi Wegleitner and Barbara Vedder at the 2012 Progressive Dane Garden Party.

I’m proud to be endorsed by Barb Vedder, Heidi Wegleitner, Leland Pan, Al Matano, Bert Zipperer, Brenda Konkel, UW-Madison’s Teaching Assistant’s Association (TAA), Andy Heidt, Brian Benford, Progressive Dane, Four Lakes Greens, Ben Manski, Sue Pastor, and Charity Schmidt.

I look forward to meeting you as I knock doors and attend neighborhood meetings. Let’s work together to keep Madison moving forward with its thriving business environment, first-class schools and healthcare, cycling culture, natural resources and public green spaces. It’s our neighborhood.

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