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Thank you for visiting my website!

I am excited to announce that I am seeking another term as your Mayor! 

I am grateful for the trust you have given me these past 12 years, and I am excited for what the coming years will bring to our city!

My time in office has been committed to making Manitowoc a more fiscally stable and vibrant community, a better place to live for residents and a more attractive destination for visitors. Many meaningful developments have occurred here these past few years - from downtown to the
industrial park - from business growth to enhancements in our parks, and much more.


And I truly believe that the best is yet to come!

​Manitowoc is my home, the community my family calls home. I love this city. I am proud of our long and colorful history, of how we are working through the challenges we face and embracing the opportunities of the present, and how we are moving toward a future built on equal amounts of vision, community assets, and civic character.

The pages of this website go into considerable detail about what we have accomplished during my tenure as your mayor, and why I am seeking another term.


Please reach out to me personally
if you want to know more!

Thank you for placing your trust in me and allowing me to serve these past 12 years.

I look forward to continuing that service for the next 4 years!  




My Campaign Pledge 

My pledge to you and to my opponent. 

I want to pledge to you, the voter, and to my opponent, Mr. Able, that I will keep this campaign civil and focused on the issues facing our community. I will challenge Mr. Able on his platform and on his statements, yes, but only to provide facts for the voters. However, neither myself nor my campaign will tolerate any personal attacks on my opponent or his family, or false claims or offensive behavior. We do not need federal politics and elections in Manitowoc. 

I am focused on getting my message to the voters and I will focus on my plans for our community over the next 4 years to earn your vote. I will work tirelessly these next few weeks to hopefully prove that I am the better candidate. 

If I am fortunate enough to earn your vote on April 6th, I will be delighted to work with Mr. Able to continue making this a great community. If I lose, I will support the new Mayor and I will encourage all of my supporters to do so also. 

I have personally known Chris for many years. He is a good man who wants to make this a better city for all of us. It's admirable for anyone to put their name on a ballot, especially for the highest office in the city. 

We served together on the City Council for 2 years (2007-2009) and we worked together for 8 years while I was Mayor and he represented District 3 (2009-2017). 

You'll see areas where we disagree over the next few weeks. That is absolutley healthy for our city to go through this process every 4 years. It's a very important job and the voters should decide which direction they with the city to take. 

That being said, I respect Chris and you will never see me speak poorly of him or attack him personally. That is not healthy for the city. If I see or hear any of my supporters doing so I will call them out. Neither Chris, his family, or his supporters deserve that type of campaign. 

I hope to have the opportunity to speak to all of you over the next few weeks to share my vision and my plans for our community. 



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