Spring 2014 Election
Contest for Edgerton mayor is another rematch
EDGERTON—It's a rivalry that's already played out twice in recent years, and it's happening again in the April 1 election: Chris Lund versus Matt McIntyre with the Edgerton mayor's seat at stake.
Lund and McIntyre have faced off for mayor's seat in 2010 and again in 2012. Both times, Lund bested McIntyre, the first time as a council member seeking the mayor seat, and the second time as incumbent mayor defending it against McIntyre, a former 10-year mayor of Edgerton and longtime off-and-on city council member.
McIntyre, if the victor, would vacate his current seat on the council, which he'd otherwise hold another year.
The Gazette asked Lund and McIntyre the following questions.
Q: Why are you running?
Lund: I'd like to continue things, some long-term issues that are hard to satisfy, like the constant budget battles. This year is going to be even tougher by the looks of road maintenance of some of the streets in the city. I'd like to be able to work with the chamber of commerce to be able to promote business and expand business.
McIntyre: I was involved with some good things that happened in the past with a 10-year run as mayor. We fixed up our parks facilities, revitalized downtown and maintained a safe city. I wouldn't run for mayor again unless I really wanted to do it. City politics have to be in your system, your makeup, and that's Matt McIntyre right there.
The city's given me everything I needed. I hope people give me the chance to show them what I can do.
Q: What do you think the city needs to focus on short term? What's the biggest need?
Lund: It's a tough one. There are so many needs that are going to be coming. The storm sewer and the sanitary sewer plant needing upgrades. It doesn't affect the tax bill but affects anyone with sewer.
McIntyre: It's all the things. It's working and keeping a critical eye always to maintain critical economic development and to keep the businesses going downtown. It's a number of things. Maintaining the city, it's like a house—you're constantly working on it.
Q: Are there some things people might not be looking at that you'd focus on?
Lund: With the Interstate project coming, there could be great opportunity or chance to get traffic in the city, to bring it back to the future. The project would bring us as a detour route, traffic into the city itself. Hopefully, we can do something with signs or way finding. When you get an accident on the Interstate, we get extra traffic in town. A detour, you could multiply that volume a couple of times. You need to find ways to make some of those people stop and learn they can do some shopping in Edgerton.
McIntyre: We need to work on continuing to have long-range goals. Keeping our park system updated and modernized. A main thing is keeping the city as safe as possible. Our police force is proactive and works with surrounding communities. People don't realize it, that's very important in people's lives, to be safe whether they're going to and from work, school, to and from businesses or their neighbors.