GREEN BAY — Voters in District 5 will have the opportunity on April 5 to vote for the next District 5 council member, who will pit incumbent Craig Stevens against challenger Robert Maccaux Jr.
Stevens, a property manager, served four years on city council, ousting 20-plus-year city hall veteran David Nennig in 2018 and running unopposed in 2020.
Among his recent proposals that have gained traction, Stevens has started conversations at meetings of the Protection and Policy Committee about installing a liaison in the electoral integrity conversation and pushed to reduce the fines for possession of marijuana.
His challenger, Maccaux did not respond to multiple emails and a voicemail. His silence is not isolated to the race for the city council. Prior to losing in the Brown County Council Member primaries, Maccaux also failed to respond to the Press-Gazette questionnaire, and he declined to participate in the Greater Green Bay League of Women Voters’ nomination forum, disqualifying Stevens from participating in the forum.
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District 5 is an east side district that extends from Baird Creek Parkway in the west and ends along the natural boundary of the East River. Other landmarks include Preble High School to the south and Triangle Sports Area to the north.
As part of the Press-Gazette’s election coverage, the newspaper contacted the candidates to answer questions about their qualifications, why they are running and how they plan to center voters’ concerns in City Council discussions in a meaningful way. non-partisan. Below are their responses, limited to a maximum of 100 words, with each candidate listed in alphabetical order.
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Address: 848 Linden Drive
Profession and highest level of education: Property management. Associate Degree in Business Management from Gogebic Community College.
Relevant experience: Holder 4 years for District 5
Why are you running for election?
Steve: At the insistence of many friends and neighbors on the east side of Green Bay, I decided to run for office. Many people told me that they were convinced that I studied the problems and made sound decisions. I would like to continue to be a strong voice for the people of District 5.
What makes you the best candidate in this race?
Steve: For two terms, I am the alder of the district. I am passionate about the neighborhood and the love I have for our city. The experience I gained as a member of City Council will continue to serve the residents of the neighborhood well, should I be re-elected.
Unlike some other candidates running, I do not base my decisions on partisan pressure or special interests. My first priority is the well-being of the people of District 5. I have demonstrated my commitment to listening to people first, then taking action. People trust me at my word and know that I have their best interests at heart.
According to the residents, what are their most important problems and how do you tackle them?
Steve: By working with other City Council members, we are making progress in solving several important issues for our residents. We’ve increased funding to fix our streets, toughened enforcement on speeding, and cracked down on drug-related crime. We have continued to offer quality local services while maintaining fairly stable taxes.
It is a non-partisan race. How will you ensure that you prioritize the concerns of your constituents, even if they do not align with your personal values?
Steve: There has been too much partisan politics seeping into local elections this year and I’m not so sure that’s healthy for local government. City council members stand for election on a non-partisan ballot. When a District 5 voter comes to me with a problem or wants to voice their concerns, I don’t care if they’re Republican, Democrat, or Independent. I never ask the people of District 5 what their political affiliation is. I am available to serve everyone, regardless of their partisan political views.
In terms of representation, what are you going to do to ensure that all of your constituents, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, religion and creed, are heard and treated fairly and equitably?
Steve: First and foremost, we are humans with different beliefs and understandings. I have never looked at a person because of their race, sexual orientation, gender, religion or beliefs. If re-elected, I will continue to listen and fairly represent the district and the city, regardless of a person’s background or personal identity.
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