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Three races for Whitewater council

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STANLEY B. MILAM
March 31, 2012
— Zoning is on the front burner in the Whitewater City Council races.

With concerns for UW-Whitewater student housing, community neighborhoods and attracting new business development and accompanying residents, candidates agree that zoning will play at important role in the city's future.


District 2

UW-Whitewater student Stephanie Abbott, the District 2 incumbent, said rewriting the city's zoning code is the major challenge facing the council.


"We need to reach a balance that recognizes the importance of student living," she said. "At the same time, we need to include safeguards that protect our city's neighborhoods. I think we all agree that we need to continue to attract new business while recognizing the needs of students, the university and city residents."


Abbott has no opposition on the April 3 ballot. Andrew Denman, however, is a registered write-in candidate.


Denman was not available for comment.


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Stephanie Abbott


Age: 21


Address: 319 N. Tratt St., Apt. 3, Whitewater.


Occupation: Full-time student at UW-Whitewater; part-time office worker


Education: Rice Lake High School graduate; senior at UW-Whitewater.


Community service: UW-Whitewater Student Government speaker of the Student Senate; Adopt-a-Lot UW-Whitewater campus cleanup; Make a Difference Day volunteer at UW-Whitewater.


Elected posts: Whitewater City Council


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District 4

Incumbent Lynn Binnie said he's running for re-election for an opportunity to help rewrite the zoning code.


"Our new zoning code must reflect the values of the majority of our population," he said. "We must also provide developers who want to locate or expand in our community a more user-friendly document to work from."


Also on the ballot is Cort Hartman, who was not available for comment.


Lynn Binnie


Age: 59


Address: 1315 Satinwood Lane, Whitewater


Occupation: Administrator of operations, Fairhaven Senior Services, Whitewater.


Education: Bachelor's degree, business administration, University of Arizona; Masters of Christian Education, Presbyterian School of Education.


Community service: Former president of Whitewater Breakfast Kiwanis Club; president of Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.


Elected posts: Whitewater City Council, two terms.


At-large

Both candidates, David Stone and Ken Kidd, are newcomers. The at-large aldermanic post is an open seat.


Kidd said the budget will be a major challenge for the council.


"We will be asked to do more with stable or diminishing resources," he said. "Every year we are asked to improve services, and every year our so-called fixed costs keep going up. We will be challenged to manage more expenses will flat revenues."


Another major challenge for the council will be to grow the local economy by attracting new businesses and new residents, Kidd said.


"I see two ways to do that," he said. "One, we need to rewrite the zoning code to maintain our family neighborhoods while providing developers and landlords with clear and reasonable codes. Two, we need to continue cooperation between the university and the community. I believe the Innovation Center is a great example, and a model we can follow."


Stone said he will work to maintain the quality of life in Whitewater, hold taxes and fees in line and incorporate what people prefer into any proposed zoning code.


"I will try to give back to the community through my service on the council," he said. "I believe that my broad background is an asset and will bring a fresh perspective to city government."


Ken Kidd


Age: 49


Address: 351 S. Wisconsin St.,, No. 14, Whitewater.


Occupation: Physician


Education: Bachelor's degree, Knox College; MD from Rush University.


Community service: Whitewater Police Commission, Whitewater Parks and Recreation Board, Whitewater Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, medical director for Whitewater Volunteer Rescue Service for 28 years, Founding member and first president of Bethel House.


Elected posts: None


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David Stone


Stone did not provide a photo or information on his age, address, elected posts and occupation


Education: Bachelor's degree, education, UW-Whitewater; Masters degree, public health, UW-Oshkosh.


Community service: Whitewater Plan and Architectural Review Commission, Whitewater Parks and Recreation Board, and Whitewater Ethics Committee.



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