Four candidates are running for three Whitewater City Council seats in the spring election.
The contested race for an at-large council seat pits incumbent James Allen against challenger Brienne Brown.
Brown is a UW-Whitewater professor and a board member for the group that’s trying to start a co-op grocery store in Whitewater. She also runs her own business doing editing and grant writing, she said.
Brown said rumors the city isn’t doing enough to lure a full-service grocery store are false, but she still wanted to get more involved with the effort.
She also suggested the city could explore the idea of making the internet more of a public utility in efforts to make it less expensive.
Allen, who works with UW-Whitewater’s food services, touted his experience in city government, which he said includes about 25 years on the Whitewater Community Development Authority.
He said his main objective is also to bring a full-service grocery store to town. He said a study showed Whitewater is a viable site for a store, and although city officials came close to landing one, they should “double down on efforts and try again.”
Allen was elected to the council in 2016 and also served for eight years previously. He said he wants to bring a “common-sense business attitude” in running city government and making sure tax dollars are spent the right way.
Council incumbents also are running in two uncontested races.
Jimmy Schulgit is a UW-Whitewater junior who filled a council vacancy in summer. This will be his first time on the ballot for District 2, which covers parts of UW-W’s campus.
Schulgit said he has enjoyed his time on the council and wants to work on dredging the lakes to revitalize downtown spaces.
Another priority is making sure future development is environmentally sustainable.
Lynn Binnie, who has represented District 4 since 2008, said the current council has a good balance of experience and new blood.
He said it’s important to continue to provide good services to residents despite state-imposed fiscal constraints.
One of his goals is to increase single-family housing development.
He also wants to address roads and the library’s need for additional space.
The election is April 3.