SHEBOYGAN — Mayor Mike Vandersteen will seek another four years in office in next year’s election, the first-term mayor announced Monday.
Under Vandersteen’s leadership, the City of Sheboygan’s tax rate has remained level, while seeing major commercial economic development and residential construction. “Soon after I became mayor, we needed to work through the challenges of the Boston store closing, ” said Vandersteen. “By working with the Sheboygan Squared business district and the Common Council, a strategic plan was developed and implemented that has led to more than $37 million of new residential construction.”
After hearing from citizens that roads need substantial repairs, Vandersteen supported a plan to aggressively repair city roads. The additional bonding to needed to implement the plan was approved for next year. Last year, the majority of road repair projects were on the south side of Sheboygan. In 2017, many of the scheduled projects will take place on the north side of our city according to Vandersteen.
Vandersteen was an alderperson on the Common Council in 1993 to 1997. He then was elected to the Sheboygan County Board in 1998 and served fifteen years, including two terms as Chairman of the Sheboygan County Board. He also managed DuBois Formalwear in Downtown Sheboygan, for forty years prior to his election as mayor.
Vandersteen will face three challengers; 5th District Alderman Scott Lewandoske, 1st District Alderman John Belanger and 5th Alderman Billy Thiel in the February 2017 mayoral primary.