Four in running for three Village Board seats

Incumbent Fischer, trio of newcomers seek voters’ approval in April 3 race for Saukville trustee positions

Saukville Village Board candidates (from left) Jin Nowlen, Brittany Radke and Scott Fischer. Not pictured Trevor Seitz.
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Four candidates are running for three seats on the Saukville Village Board in the Tuesday, April 3, election.

Incumbent Scott Fischer has been joined in the bid for trustees seats by newcomers Jim Nowlen, Trevor Seitz and Brittany Radke. 

Trustees Dan Sauer and Michael Gielow are not seeking re-election.

Fischer was elected to the board in 2014 and is chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals. 

“I decided to join the political arena because I wanted to get my feet wet in local government,” he said.

Nowlen moved into the village in 2001. He said he thought about serving on the Village Board when he became a resident and decided to make a serious run after he retired from the field of information technology two years ago.

“One of my core beliefs is it’s important to participate in the operations of the community,” Nowlen said, noting his previous career in IT would help him serve as a trustee.

“It’s always better to look ahead to the future instead of being reactionary to problems from the past.”

Seitz has lived in the village since 2002 and said he wants to give back to a community that’s been good to him. 

“I want to find a balance between what’s best for the village and its residents because sometimes what’s best for the village isn’t in the best interest of the residents,” he said. “I want to take everything into consideration.”

Radke did not return multiple messages for comment.

Fischer said he’s fiscally conservative and wants to keep taxes flat for residents.

“I really push for no tax increases and if we reduce taxes that’s even better,” he said.

Seitz said he doesn’t have a political agenda in seeking a Village Board seat but wants more business near Camping World on Green Bay Avenue and more affordable single-family houses on the west side of the community. 

“I want to see more businesses come in so we can generate more revenue through taxes, which we can pass on to the village people either in tax breaks or other services,” he said.

Nowlen was a computer programmer for the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972, and is currently a small business owner in Milwaukee. He said his experience translates well to village leadership.

Seitz, who retired from the U.S Army in 2016 after 30 years of service, also believes his past experience will be an asset to the Village Board.

“As a former first sergeant of a company, you’re putting out a lot of fires. There’s a lot of problem solving involved, from handling your company’s budget to marketing,” he said.

Seitz said he would like to serve on the village’s Public Safety Committee. 

If re-elected, Fischer said, he wants to pursue new infrastructure projects for the village after its Highway 33 and police station debts are paid off. 

Nowlen is interested in being a member of the Plan Commission. He wants to see more growth in the village’s industrial park and expansion of the community’s business park.

Village Board members serve two-year terms. 

 

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