SHEBOYGAN — 22-year-old Trey Mitchell is a candidate for Sheboygan’s 9th Aldermanic District in the April 2018 election.
Mitchell is favored to win the aldermanic contest set for April 3, 2018.
Name: Trey K. Mitchell
Office sought: Sheboygan Alderman – District 9
Occupation: Computer Programmer for Acuity
Education: Sheboygan North High High School, Concordia University Wisconsin – Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Political Science (minor)
Elected office experience: Chief Student Officer at Concordia University Wisconsin, Student Government Association 2016-2017
Top three issues in Sheboygan
The future of the Armory building is one of the most prominent issues in Sheboygan right now. Details for some of the proposals submitted have looked promising. I really hope that the city can work with one of the developers in preserving and re-utilizing the building. Returning the Armory to its standing as a focal point in Sheboygan would be great for the community.
The quality of our roads has been a topic of conversation for a few election cycles now. It still needs to be an area of focus. Better attention has been given to repairs in the form of an accelerated work schedule and purchasing new equipment. We need to continue to be deliberate in our approach to reversing the current state of disrepair. Congruently, city leadership needs to put a long-term plan in place that will keep us from falling behind on maintenance again in the future along with an appropriate way to fund it.
Within the last decade, members of the Common Council worked hard to cut Sheboygan’s debt nearly in half. More recently, we’ve seen borrowing begin to increase again. We look to be adding a significant amount to fund the capital improvement plan and other city expenses in the next five years. There certainly are times where borrowing is necessary, but allowing it to become a consistent habit is dangerous. I’m concerned about the long-term implications for taxpayers in the event this trend continues.
Reason for running
I am running because I want to serve in our community and work with my neighbors to make Sheboygan an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. During my time as a Resident Assistant and as a member of Concordia’s Student Government Association, I learned that one of the most rewarding experiences in life is when your hard work can directly benefit those in your community.
I hope to bring that same spirit to the 9th District and the Common Council come April.
How can we grow Sheboygan?
There are a couple areas of growth that we can look at.
Growing the economy requires well-paying jobs, attractions to bring visitors to the city, and city government working with local businesses to understand what they need to be successful. We also should focus on retaining more of our young talent and building our workforce. Many of the people I graduated from North with haven’t returned from college, which seems to be a fairly consistent pattern.
To bring in new residents, we have to look around us and see why people working in the area are making the decision to live outside of Sheboygan. I believe growth in this area is dependent the availability of jobs related to an individual’s area of study, the taxes and fees associated with living in the city, and ample options for leisure activities near residential areas.