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Position papers: Green City Council, Ward 3 representative

10/17/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Ken Knodel (incumbent) vs. Matt Williams

Voters living in Green’s Ward 3 will vote for one candidate for Ward 3 representative on Green City Council in the Nov. 5 General Election. The race is nonpartisan. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our questions printed as submitted.


Ken Knodel (incumbent)

Why are you running for Council?

“To be a voice of the residents of Ward 3”

What would be your top three priorities if you were elected? Why?

“To ensure the continuation of the storm water programs. To make sure the deficiencies are corrected and that a permanent maintenance program is funded and implemented.

“A road evaluation program has just been completed. To work with the administration to fund a program to maintain all roads within a continuous 15 year cycle.

“Provide our senior citizens opportunities to continue to reside in the City of Green as they down size from their current residence. They have helped build Green to what it is today and they should have every opportunity to continue to reside in the type of housing of their choice.”


Matt Williams

Why are you running for Council?

“The residents of Green deserve a fiscally conservative voice on council, and I represent that voice. I have extensive experience in governmental affairs, and I have had the pleasure of observing firsthand the best and worst that local government has to offer. I was asked by members of my community to run for Green City Council. I agreed to do so, because I believe that I can make a positive difference and an impact on our community. Given my background in Information Technology and the web coupled with my professional experience and advanced degree in public administration, I believe that I can provide an alternative voice on council that resonates with my supporters.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

  1. “Ensure a continued vibrant and attractive community.
    “Community services and amenities are important to maintaining an economically viable and attractive community. Of course, these services and amenities must be balanced against the broader interests and needs of the community. I will work to ensure that the City of Green remains vibrant and attractive while living within its means.
  2. “Responsibly manage growth and economic development.
    “Green is a growing community, but such growth poses challenges. It is the council’s responsibility, in coordination with the Mayor and the city’s professional administrators, to ensure that this growth is managed in a reasonable way so as to optimize the economic benefits of the city’s growth while at the same time ensuring that shared community resources such as roadways and other infrastructure are not strained beyond capacity.
  3. “Exercise fiscal constraint in pursuit of strong and fiscally sound government.
    “Elected officials owe it to their constituents to be responsible stewards of community resources. If elected, I will serve as a fiscally conservative voice on council.”
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