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Two newcomers vie for District 15 seat

March 26, 2013

As a member of the Waukesha County Board and as an alderman for District 15 as well as a former member of the city's Fire Department, there's no denying Duane Paulson's involvement with the city.

But Paulson is not seeking re-election for his aldermanic seat. As a result,District 15 will be one of the two districts guaranteed to have a new alderman after Tuesday's election. It will be Cory Payne or Russel Stewart.

If Payne is elected he will be the youngest member on the Common Council. Stewart, meanwhile, touts his experience as a reason for him to be elected to the Common Council.

District 15, comprised of Butler Middle School, Mt. Calvary Lutheran School and Woodfield Park, is in the central part of the city and directly west of Waukesha Memorial Hospital and City Hall and east of Lowell Park.

What would you bring to the Common Council if elected?

Payne: I believe in a representative form of government with transparency as its highest priority. I also would bring a positive and vibrant attitude, yet strong leadership. Mostly, I enjoy working with people and bringing them together on tough issues regarding our city.

Stewart: A lot of experience with the (Common) Council and Plan Commission and many other organizations I've dealt with over the years as a developer and builder. I have a good rapport with the mayor and council. I don't have political experience, but I've been challenged by being in front of various committees with being in real estate for 57 years and 30 of those years as a builder in Waukesha. I've done a lot of development work and I do have a lot of common sense experience in the world. I have a strong mind and want to serve the community.  

What do you see as the biggest issue facing the city and how would you address it?

Payne: Our city has many tough issues concerning it (water, infrastructure, taxes and crime) but through hard work and understanding of urgent issues I know we as a city can overcome any obstacle.

Stewart: The water and bypass are the main issues. I would be in favor of both of those and would strongly fight for both. The West bypass needs to get done as it's been on the books for years. I have no other agenda to be on the Common Council other than to serve the community.

Specifically in District 15, what do people want to see addressed and how would you solve this?

Payne: Through my many hours of door-to-door contact and meet-and-greet sessions I have come across many issues, ranging from fall leaf pick up, street light outages to property taxes. When elected alderman of District 15, I will take these many issues to City Hall and take a stand for the people of not only District 15 but the people of the great City of Waukesha.

Stewart: I would fight to have the streets and roads maintained as there are several miles on Woodfield Road that aren’t in good shape. (And while not in my district) I would fight to keep the downtown Business Improvement District going and take care of downtown development. I am in favor of Friday Night Live.

Cory Payne

Age: 29

Address: 430 Kimberly Drive

Years of residency in the district: 2

Occupation: Corporate and team sales, Milwaukee Sporting Goods

Education: Blair Elementary, Butler Middle School, Waukesha North High School, Waukesha County Technical College

Previous political experience or other related experience with the city: I have been working with the city's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for nearly 18 years and also volunteered and was employed by the Waukesha School District

Military experience: Father was in the Marine Corps, so I was raised to appreciate service members

Family: Mother and father both Waukesha residents for 50 plus years, brother (40), sister (33) and I were all born and raised in the city and both have children in the Waukesha School District.

Contact information (phone number, email): (262) 853-9004, CJPayne2222@yahoo.com

Russel Stewart

Age: 77 

Address: 1800 Kensington Drive

Years of residency in the district: 1

Occupation: Real estate broker and developer

Education: High school diploma

Previous political experience: None

Military experience: None

Contact information: (414) 881-9334

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