SHEBOYGAN — Political newcomer Grazia Perrella will face community activist Rose Phillips for Sheboygan’s 7th aldermanic seat in the April 2018 general election.
Name: Grazia Perrella
Office sought: Sheboygan Common Council – District 7
Occupation: International Compliance Professional for Sargento Foods
Education: Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology, Master of Education in Global Technology and Development
Family: My family is made of my husband of 15 years, and three stepchildren – Jacob, Sophia, and Julia. Because I’m Italian American, and my husband is German American, and we both immigrated as adults to the U.S., we have Italian and German brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews as part of our extended family.
Last, but not least, our sweet dog Haiku and cat Leon are an integral part of the family. I also consider family several of my friends in Sheboygan that have been warm and welcoming when we moved to the area, and that are now supporting my candidacy effort.
Elected office experience: No elected office experience.
- Vice president of the King Park Neighborhood Association
- Member of the Mayor’s International Committee
- Part of the Age Friendly Community Task Group lead by Wendy Schmitz – An inspiring effort to keep Sheboygan a community suited for all ages
Top three issues in Sheboygan
Maintenance and betterment of the roads in Sheboygan is an issue that needs to be at the forefront of any City’s plan. I know that much has been done, and the City is now able to repave more than 6 miles per year, compared to the 3 miles in previous years. However, much must be done to keep the roads at a higher standard.
In 2018 the City should keep focusing on how to attract more small local businesses to the Downtown area, and on how to offer services and attractions to the many people that are going to reside in the newly created apartment buildings (on 8th street, and by the Blue Harbor), who hope to find in Sheboygan a vibrant and fun place to live.
Reason for running
I just want to serve my community at the best of my ability. I’m driven by a keen interest in governance, and in politics – local, national and international. Additionally, I would like to bring some more diversity to the Common Council, as a progressive woman, and as an immigrant. I want to be part of the huge nationwide movement to increase women leadership in public service.
I think Sheboygan as a community inspires me – perhaps it is the candor of Sheboyganites, or perhaps it is the engagement I observe in the many I know.
How can we grow Sheboygan?
Sheboygan grows if its citizens grow and drive. There are sections of the city that need more attention, and strategic planning, especially on the South side. I would like to see the City to be more attractive to potential local owned small businesses downtown and on the South side, and I would like to see the South side to be the venue for positive city events. As individuals and neighborhoods grow and drive, so the whole city grows and expands.