FOX POINT - Fox Point President Michael West is stepping down after 15 years in that office, creating an opening for the village's top elected office.
Two candidates have stepped up to fill that opening: political newcomer Gary Hollander and Douglas Frazer, who served on the village board for six years. The winner will be chosen in the April 4 election.
To help inform voters about the candidates, North Shore Now asked them to answer the following three questions in 50 words or less.
Why are you running for village president?
Frazer: I know and love Fox Point. It's a great place to live and raise a family. I have served Fox Point in various roles, including two terms as trustee. My goal is to make Fox Point the best residential community in the state: first-rate services, wonderful amenities, taxes in line — with an eye toward a vibrant future.
Hollander: Village leadership needs a greater commitment to responsiveness, transparency and community engagement than we have seen in a decade. I will use my proven track record in public service, education and public health to lead Fox Point in preserving the best of our past while building our shared future together.
A committee is researching solutions for the aging Fox Point Pool. Do you think the village government should be in the pool business, and would you support renovations to make the pool more profitable?
Frazer: We should continue to support our pool. It sets us apart and is a great local gathering place. It’s bikeable for kids. Families plan their summers around it. Our facility is 49 years old. We need a new pool. We can make it happen — and it will pay for itself.
Hollander: Our pool is important to residents of all ages. We will determine how to proceed with the considered involvement of many people. The outcomes of those discussions will garner support if the pool meets more of the needs of our residents. Its business plan must address broader use by residents.
Do you support The Mandel Group’s proposal to build 105 luxury apartments, a 80-unit memory care facility, a clubhouse and a community park on the former Dunwood School property? What will guide your decision going forward?
Frazer: Development of the Dunwood School property is a big deal. Resident comment is critical. If the project goes forward, it must be appropriate to the residential character of the neighborhood — and this involves issues of density, green space, height and traffic. If it's done, it needs to be done right.
Hollander: The petition by Mandel Group to the village reflects some responsive modifications addressing concerns of the planning board, residents and neighbors. Other modifications may emerge when the developer returns to the planning board quite soon. I remain committed to due process in the petition’s review and to community involvement.
Address: 6405 N Berkeley Blvd.
Occupation: Tax attorney
Education: B.A. Oberlin College, J.D. Northwestern School of Law
Political history: Two terms as village trustee (2010-2016)
Phone number: (414) 228-6646
Address: 6807 N. Lake Drive
Occupation: Psychologist and educator
Education: Bachelor's in English education from UW-Milwaukee, 1970; Master's in educational psychology from UW-Milwaukee, 1979; certificate in school psychology from UW-Milwaukee, 1980; Ph.D. in educational psychology from UW-Milwaukee, 1990.
Political history: Milwaukee Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Police and Community Relations and Milwaukee Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Teen Pregnancy
Phone number: 414-964-0100
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