SHEBOYGAN — Four incumbent Sheboygan alderpersons are facing challenges from newcomers who say they want a better direction for the city.
As of Monday, incumbent alderpersons Toff Wolf in District 1, Rosemarie Trester in District 3 and Andrew Schneider in District 7 are running unopposed while no one has filed candidacy papers in District 2, a seat held by Roman Draughon, who was appointed to the Common Council this year. He is the Creative Director and Co-Owner of DuFour.
Current alderperson Job Hou-Seye is vacating District 4 and relocating to District 5 on the city’s north side where he has filled his candidacy paperwork. He will face 28 year old Markus Savaglio, who is a realtor at D’Aprile Properties.
“I decided to run because I want to help ensure that Sheboygan remains a prosperous and enjoyable place to live for all residents,” said Savaglio. “As a Realtor, I understand that taxes on a home have a significant impact on choosing where to buy, and I want to do my part in keeping taxes low so the city remains a viable option to set down roots within the county.”
In District 4, Hugh Andrew Ross is running unopposed for the seat held by Hou-Seye.
In District 6, incumbent Mark Hermann is being challenged by County Board Supervisor Henry Nelson, 72, and resident Robert Heck, 61. When reached by phone Monday afternoon, Nelson said he decided to run because he disagrees on Alderman Hermann’s stance on the issues and feels Hermann hasn’t represented his district well on the Common Council and said residents encouraged him to run for the seat.
Heck is an accountant and is running for Hermann’s seat because he wants to see good things happen in Sheboygan. Heck added he wants to see a positive business climate here and supports Aurora Health Care’s plans to build a new hospital on the Field of Dreams site and said he wants to make sure the concerns of constituents are addressed, which is something Heck feels Hermann is not doing.
This is Heck’s first run for office. He has volunteered with the Republican Party in past elections and has been outspoken on issues facing Sheboygan.
Hermann could not be reached by phone after several attempts.
In District 8, incumbent alderperson Joe Heidemann, who was elected in 2007, is facing a challenge from Ryan Sorenson, 22, who has been active with the Democratic Party.
Sorenson works at the Kohler Company and recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government. When asked why he’s running for for alderperson, he said the biggest is getting new fresh ideas for the city and wants to give a young perspective.
The deadline for filing non-candidacy papers is December 23rd and the deadline for filing candidacy papers in January 3rd. The Spring Election is scheduled for April 4th, 2017.