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8th District City Council: Mike Herrick

Address: 2706 N. 22nd Street, Superior

Age: 58

Family: Married, four children, five grandchildren.

Employment: Super One Foods, Superior, 22 years this spring.

Education: Bachelor of Science in corporate and community health at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Government and civic experience and organizations:

Currently serve as City Councilor for the 8th District, eight years this spring. Served as Council Vice President and President. Currently serve and have served for a number of years on the Finance, Human Resources, Public Works committees, the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Superior Board and the Council Representative to the Police and Fire Commission. I have also served on the Parks and Recreation, Tree Board and the License and Fees Committee. I have served as a Lobby Leader for Superior Days in Madison for six years and will be serving in that capacity again this year. I graduated from the Citizens Police Academy, the Superior - Douglas County Leadership Program and participated in the Superior Fire Ops program. I am currently a board member and one of the organizers for the Superior High School Basketball Rec League aka Friday Night Hoops and a member of the Boy Scouts of America serving as a scout leader. I have coached youth sports for the last 27 years. I also volunteer on the Superior Sister City committee.

What assets do you have that will help you represent the people of your district?

My assets include integrity, trust, leadership, being a lifelong resident and the experience that I have acquired while serving eight years on the City Council and serving on various committees. I feel that serving on all the committees that I have has helped me to understand the important internal functions of city government (Finance, Human Resources, Public Works etc.). I have a commitment to community. I have the energy and the desire to move Superior forward. I'm not one to sit behind a desk all day. I am approachable and I will listen to citizen's concerns. I will welcome input from students, senior citizens and everyone in between.

Why are you running for City Council and what do you hope to accomplish?

I am running for council to continue to work for the citizens of the 8th District. I feel that being there for the residents is important. During the past eight years as their representative, I have been able to listen to their concerns and have been successful in resolving those concerns.

There are needs in the district that still have to be met. There are sidewalks that need to be replaced. I have been working continually on this problem for awhile now. The biggest problem with this issue of course is funding. Currently, most of the funding goes to census tract areas that are in greater need. I will continue to push for them replacement of sidewalks for our district. Hopefully when the new Cooper School opens this will help with funding.

Of course there are concerns that apply beyond the district that can affect the entire city. I want too continue to help resolve issues that face all of us as taxpayers.

There is not business as usual for me. There is too much that needs to be done in the city. Although there are and will be setbacks we must continue to move forward. There are a lot of positive things happening in Superior. We just have to take a minute to look at them.

What do you believe the city's top three priorities should be, and what will you do to help the city achieve those goals?

I believe the city's top three priorities are economic growth, which would create jobs, hopefully with good living wages, affordable housing and safer neighborhoods with focusing on the current drug problems.

To help to achieve these priorities, I would like to continue to serve on those committees that work on this issues.