I am writing in support of the re-election of Gary Mahkorn as alderman for District 5. I have known Gary for a number of years and have come to appreciate his passion for the city of Brookfield and his interest in building consensus in the decision-making process.
During his 10 years on the Common Council, Gary has demonstrated vision in looking at the long-term impact of decisions on the city of Brookfield. Although early in his tenure, he was not hesitant in voicing his support of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. When funding was uncertain and some questioned its merits, Gary was a consistent voice and advocated the role of the city of Brookfield using its AAA bond rating to reduce the cost of borrowing. The Wilson Center has now matured to become one of the "jewels" of our community.
The Elmbrook School District is another "jewel" in our community. Three years ago a referendum to improve our high school facilities failed and, among other factors, was unable to gain the support of the mayor or Common Council. A year later, a lower-cost proposal was put forward, and Gary was one of the "early adopters" in achieving majority support by both the Common Council and the mayor. The referendum passed and students will be entering completely renovated facilities this fall, another attraction to prospective home buyers and affecting our property values.
I appreciate very much Gary's vision for the city and encourage others to join me in voting for him on April 6.
Glen R. Allgaier
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