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Ten individuals are running for Eau Claire City Council seats on April 2, 2013. A number of them contacted the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Steering Committee, asking to speak at out monthly meetings. Those who came to speak also wrote essays to pass along to all of you (below). You can also find short interviews will all ten candidates on VolumeOne.org.

Eric Larsen

Website: http://www.ericforcouncil.com/

I have called Eau Claire my home for more than 43 years. I graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1977. After a few years in the Navy, I returned home and studied to become a police officer. Eventually I was hired on the Eau Claire Police Department where I fulfilled a 28 year career, retiring as Deputy Chief of Police in February of 2012. My experience there proved to me that we have one of the most community engaged, progressive, and talented police departments in the state of Wisconsin.

After my retirement, I found that I don’t miss police work at all, but I do still feel a passion for serving this community. I have never run for anything before. I’m not a politician, and have no desire to become one. I’m not angry about anything or carrying a banner for any particular issue. My agenda as a member of the City Council will be simple; to carefully consider each issue as it comes before the council, to seek input from the community, and to make the best decision I can for the future of the city based on the facts before me. I am not seeking this seat with any goal other than to serve the City of Eau Claire the best I know how, and to treat our citizens, and our council proceedings with the respect they deserve.

I do believe that our city government should focus on some priorities as we make decisions for the future. On my website (www.EricForCouncil.com), you will see three words listed at the top; safety, sustainability, and collaboration. I believe that the first role of government at every level is to ensure the safety and security of the public. I believe the present times also demand that we take advantage of opportunities to reduce our consumption of carbon fuels, and to get the most impact from our tax dollars by facilitating collaborative efforts between our city departments and other government bodies in the Chippewa Valley.

I have extensive experience in both safety and collaboration. When I served as chairperson of the West Central Drug Task Force, I led the committee through some difficult budget decisions, but we were able to keep the group together and create a sustainable budget plan for the foreseeable future. I was also responsible for the creation of what is now the Chippewa Valley Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (CVRCFL), which is a collaboration between the City and County of Eau Claire, and the City of Altoona. The CVRCFL conducts forensic analysis of digital evidence, and combats child pornography and child enticement over the internet.

I also have experience with the legislative process. I was responsible for the creation of local ordinances that now regulate safety, and keep property secure at our local adult books stores and pawnshops; and I was instrumental in the creation of state statutes that require identification and documentation of scrap metal sales to scrap dealers across the state.

I look forward to continuing to serve my home community. I hope I can count on your support on April 2nd.

Catherine Emmanuelle

Website: http://catherineemmanuelle.com/

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

September 24, 2012 was one of the greatest days of my life, as I was sworn in to serve as an At-Large Member of the Eau Claire City Council, serving as the only woman of color and the youngest female. It indeed is an exciting time to be a part of Eau Claire, and I couldn’t be more honored to be on the front line of leadership!

My passion for service stems from personal and community leadership experiences. I’ve had the humbling experience of policy affecting my life as a single parent, all the while working, owning a home, and putting myself through college. My commitment to community spans through many civic initiatives, including serving on boards and councils for: Clear Vision Eau Claire, Western Dairyland, Mayo Health System, and currently, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor Search and Screen Committee.

I started my job on The Council with my sleeves rolled up and ready to work. Some of my first votes were surrounded by hours of public testimony on issues our citizens are passionate about, ranging from rail spurs to a forward-thinking bike rack ordinance to a proposal that has the real potential to bring a vibrant transformation to our downtown and greater community: The Confluence Project. During my first budget cycle, I authored an amendment that was passed in the 2013 budget, addressing a public transportation issue, based on a citizen petition from community members who are often marginalized in our society.

I’ve also penned positive “Voice of the People” letters, highlighting good governance including our city’s responsive ways of supporting non-English speaking voters and showcasing our city’s beautiful and helpful new website. I am committed to being a part of meaningful civic discussions around policy issues, knowing that courageous and transparent conversations allow us to find sound solutions for the many opportunities we have together.

Please visit my website www.CatherineForEauClaire.com to learn about my community leadership and campaign. My Facebook page is: Catherine Emmanuelle for Eau Claire and my Twitter handle is @CEmmanuelle

I am grateful for the broad community support I’ve received and ask for your vote on April 2.

Dave Strobel

Website: Facebook

Dave is originally from Antigo, Wisconsin. In high school he was on student council every year and served as vice president of his class. He was an Antigo Red Robin and played on two undefeated division one state championship football teams. After high school Dave attended the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where he graduated with a degree in finance in 1981. While there he also met and married his wife Lisa. Dave and Lisa have two grown children. Their daughter Ashley is a pediatrics and emergency room physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Their son Eric is a University of Wisconsin Eau Claire graduate; he is married to Jessica and he recently joined the Strobel Insurance Agency in Eau Claire.

Dave’s community service started when his children were young and he served on the Childcare Committee at the YMCA. He later served three years on the YMCA Marlins Swim Team Board, the last year as president. He coached youth sports including soccer, little league and prep baseball, little league softball, and for three years he organized and coached a girls’ middle school traveling basketball team—The Eau Claire Magic.

In 1997 Dave was elected as a charter member for the newly formed Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association. He served nine years with three of those as president and helped accomplish much for the neighborhood. The association was able to get a new elementary school and worked with the developer of the old Boyd School, who agreed to develop condos and give the city an easement for a pedestrian trail and underpass to Boyd Park. The association also worked with the city to redesign Boyd Park and get a new building as well as a pavilion and lobbied to replace the suspension bridge over the Eau Claire River that connects the Eastside hill to the north side of the river. The association worked through the varied opinions neighbors expressed with the Waterford project to make sure neighborhood concerns were addressed. The last committee Dave chaired worked with the city planners to develop a neighborhood plan. This involved a comprehensive rezoning and included park plans and a vision for the future.

Dave and Lisa purchased the vacant Associated Bank building in Downtown Eau Claire in 2003. Dave and Lisa had faith in Downtown Eau Claire and envisioned the building as it once was. Together they completely cleaned out and refurbished the building repurposing it as office space and have received many awards for their hard work and vision. The building now houses seven office tenants that were new to Downtown Eau Claire; they employ many people and draw many customers to our downtown.

Dave owns and operates his own insurance business from the building. He has two full time employees and is also responsible for the leasing and maintenance of the building. He knows how to run a successful and profitable business and hopes to bring that knowledge and experience to the Eau Claire City Council.

Dave has been on the City of Eau Claire Plan Commission as Assistant Chair for the last two years. He is very involved in many downtown committees, and those along with the plan commission give him a very in-depth knowledge of current planning and development citywide.

Those who know Dave say he is hardworking, prepared, and that he asks valuable questions in order to make sound decisions. Dave plans to hold the line on taxes and fees and work to make city government more efficient and accountable to the citizens.  Dave hopes that the citizens of Eau Claire will agree that his experience, community service, and private sector practicality will prove to make him an invaluable asset on the Eau Claire City Council.

Michael Xiong

Website: Facebook

Dear Voters,

It is my privilege to run for election to the Eau Claire City Council.  I hope to be your choice to serve our city.

I believe healthy cities need citizen involvement.  Each one of us brings different viewpoints and experiences to what we do.  My vision is to build a strong, safer, Eau Claire by exploring the resources of our diverse community for the benefit of future generations.

I want to ensure adequate funding for necessary services such as police and fire protection, utility maintenance, and vibrant parks and recreation programs.  I believe in strong city and business development efforts, which in turn strengthen our neighborhoods.

My family and I immigrated to Eau Claire in 1984, and Eau Claire has been my home ever since.  My wife Jennifer and I have 8 beautiful daughters. I graduated from UW-Stout with a master’s degree in 1998 and have been employed by the Eau Claire County Dept. of Human Services for the past 16 years as a social work case manager.  I spent two years with the Lutheran Social Services Family Preservation Program, and have my life insurance & real estate licenses.

I have served our community as President of the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, and am currently on the Board of Directors.  I have a strong passion and commitment to working with people, as evidenced by my work with youths and their families for the past 18 years.

I support enhanced business development, responsible spending, funding for safety programs, and community involvement.

Eau Claire is My Home, Your Home, Our Community.  I would appreciate your vote on April 2nd.

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