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Candidate Profile: Shaun Dow
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Village of New Glarus

Four candidates are vying for three open seats on the New Glarus Village Board. Incumbents Petra Streiff and Greg Thoemke are seeking to retain their spots against challengers Chuck Philipson and Shaun Dow.

Position sought: Trustee, Village Board of New Glarus

Age: 37

City/town of residence: New Glarus

Family: Married

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Occupation: I work at American Girl as part of the HR team focused on internal communications and also support the Public Relations team.

Previous elected positions held: n/a

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

The top issue on the Village Board's plate right now continues to be the development of a new library. Plans are already in place relative to fundraising goals which need to be achieved by the end of 2018, and I feel confident the Library team is well on their way to reaching the target set for them by the current Village Board.

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

Along with the plans for a new library in New Glarus comes the priority of relocating Glarner Park should the library's fundraising goal be met by the end of the year. Based on what I have gleaned through attending Village Board meetings and chatting with folks through chance encounters, it seems plans are already being discussed so I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of that planning process to ensure the solution is one supported by Village residents. In addition to these major issues, I see opportunity in enhancing our economic vitality through efforts to attract business and entertainment offerings that can be enjoyed by both residents and tourists alike.

Why are you the best candidate for this office?

I am always inspired by Mahatma Ghandi's quote: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." My agenda is simple: I want to make a difference. I am interested in being a part of a municipal government system that values education, infrastructure improvements, and economic vitality! As a community, there are so many things that unite New Glarus: our love for festivals, cultures of the world, local agriculture, area businesses, and much more, but unfortunately there are also issues that divide us. In times of unrest, I know one thing to be true: you can't make a difference if you don't try.