I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
As I mentioned, I am going to follow up the information from my experiences on the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and compare it to everyday life. I forgot to mention that we actively recruit members. I have attended various events and talked to individuals who I thought might be a good fit on the Board/
As I outlined my role on the BPDD, we work hard at bringing diversity to our Board. As far as I am concerned, the more ideas, from various view points, brought to the table the better. As I mentioned while campaigning for Mayor, the only bad idea is the one not presented. The following information comes from data provided by the City of Cudahy web site:
Cudahy has good representation of the city based on the 5 aldermanic districts. There does not seem to be a need to increase anything here.
As you can see, Cudahy has a 9% minority population as well as 40% non home owners. Where are these groups represented in city government? I am sure the main argument will be that they choose not to be involved. I will then ask you, have we asked them to participate?
I know that when Randy was working on the primary debate, very few renters wanted to get involved, thanks to Barb and Greg for stepping up. But, is this the first time this group of stakeholders have been invited to participate in a city function? One of importance?
Where is the minority representation? Have they been asked to participate in any of the city boards or commissions? In my limited time of attending meetings, I have yet to notice one minority. I will admit that I have not attended very many different meetings, only Common Council meetings, CDA meetings and Board of Appeals meetings. They are just as much a part of this community as the rest of us.
Rules that are passed have an effect on these groups as well. Their contribution to this community should not be over looked.
At worst, maybe Cudahy needs to form a citizen’s group that brings a cross section of the population, young and old, home owner and renter, White and Hispanic, together with all of our elected officials to discuss ways to improve our City. Insight from people who have no political aspirations may actually be beneficial to all involved. At a time when people are complaining that Washington is not listening to the people on the Health Care Reform, Cudahy should be pro active and listen to what all of the citizens are thinking.