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Candidate Profile: Denise Anton Wright

New Glarus Village Board

There are three candidates running for three seats on the New Glarus village board. Denise Wright is running, along with incumbents Petra Streiff and Greg Thoemke.

Position sought: Trustee for the New Glarus Village Board

Age: 57

City/town of residence: Village of New Glarus

Family: My husband John and I have been married for 26 years and have made New Glarus our home since 2004. Our daughter is a junior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. We also live with two very naughty cats.

Education: Monroe High School - Class of 1976; UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor's degree in English/Theatre; UW-Madison - Master's degree in Library Science; Illinois State University - Master's degree in English

Occupation: After working as a librarian in Illinois and Wisconsin for over 30 years, I recently retired in order to grow my business as a jewelry artist.

Previous elected positions held: Although I've held several elected board positions within state library associations, this is the first time that I've run for an elected position in local government. Now that I have a little extra time in my schedule, becoming involved in local government is a high priority.

What are the top issues facing this district/municipality and how would you work to resolve it?

I grew up in Monroe, so was always very familiar with the restaurants, shopping, and festivals in New Glarus. However, I never fully understood the magic of New Glarus until my family and I moved here in 2004. New Glarus is a marvelous place to live but like every small town, we face a number of challenges. How do we balance our need for diverse economic and residential development with the need to preserve and promote our unique history and heritage? How can the Village Board work more effectively with neighboring municipalities to benefit everybody? How do we maintain and improve our village infrastructure while working within our budgetary limits? Although I may be new to serving in local government, my years of being a librarian have given me great communication skills, admiration for a variety of opinions, and a deep appreciation for teamwork. These are skills that will allow me to work effectively with other Board members, Village staff, and Village residents.

What are other key issues facing the district/municipality, and how would you work to resolve them?

As a former Director of the New Glarus Public Library (2004 - 2012), I naturally feel that our community deserves to have an inviting, vibrant library space that addresses the needs of all of our residents. I know that the Village Board will be able to make this a reality.