Happy Holidays from my family to yours!
I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season. Since we’re approaching the end of 2017, I wanted to share a few activities that I’ve been involved in throughout the year as well as key decisions the Board has made since my last update. I’m hoping that you find the information relevant and forward it on to others. I’d love to have more residents SIGN UP for my newsletter.
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First, I’d like to announce that I have decided to continue in my role as County Board Supervisor and have filed Declaration of Candidacy papers. If you haven’t heard from me yet, note that you might be receiving a visit from me or my family members very soon as I complete the process of collecting nomination signatures from electors across the district. I have enjoyed the role and would greatly appreciate your support.
I have met so many people and truly enjoy being more active across our County. I can hardly believe that I’ve been in the role for almost two years now. I’ve received so much support across our great community. Thank You!
I also continue to serve on the Economic Development Board for the City of Mequon and plan to continue in this role.
Well, over the past few months I’ve been busy! I’ve spoken at various Rotary Club meetings and had the opportunity to launch my new book at the 2017 District Rotary Conference. The launch of my book has been a huge success and many doors continue to open. I was a guest on TMJ4’s The Morning Blend, Lake Effect (89.7 NPR) and I’m excited to announce that the Milwaukee Business Journal will be hosting an Author Series event for me on January 18th 2018 (see below for further details if you’re interested in attending).
I’ve helped organize community events such as STEM events for girls (High Schools/Junior High Schools across various school districts including Mequon-Thiensville School District – Homestead High School Students included in photo).
I was a keynote speaker for the African American Male Initiative (AAMI) Program hosted by Concordia University for several school districts across the state, helping close the achievement gap for young men of color.

The Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium (CAGC) created the summer program. Young men of color, who have been recommended by their schools, stay on Concordia’s campus and take classes designed to prepare them for college. Even after their stay ends, AAMI continues to offer accountability and support to the young men during the regular school year. I enjoyed giving away free copies of my book to the students!

I recently emceed the 2017 Ozaukee County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet and have had several speaking engagements across Ozaukee and Milwaukee Counties.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
A few upcoming speaking engagements open to the public are listed below. Click REGISTER if you’re interested in attending the MBJ Events. Select the event to learn more.
Year End Review of Key County Board decisions and activities since the last update. I highly recommend that you also subscribe to the News Graphic which covers current events across the County. Click links to the Ozaukee County site to learn more and be sure to review minutes for further voting details.

 

  • The 2016 Audit Results were presented to the Board in September. The County has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association over the past 11 years for it’s comprehensive annual financial report.
  • The National Institute for Health has identified the manufacturers of certain of the opioid medications as being directly responsible for the rapid rise of the Opioid Epidemic by virtue of their aggressive and, according to some, unlawful and unethical marketing practices. Some of the opioid manufacturers have faced civil and criminal liability for their actions that relate directly to the rise of the Opioid Epidemic.
  • County’s provision of programs and services becomes more and more difficult every year because the costs associated with providing the Opioid Epidemic programs and services continue to rise, yet County’s ability to generate revenue is limited by strict levy limit caps and stagnant or declining state and federal aid to County.

  • Our Lasata Care Center located in Cedarburg is now a 5 Star facility! With our most recent state survey results in October 2017, we have risen to 5 Star facility overall (previously 4 Star Rating) with a health inspection rating of 3 stars (previously 2 Star). Congratulations to Amanda Kohal, Lasata Senior Living Campus Administrator and her entire staff for earning this outstanding rating.
February 20, 2018 – Spring Primary (if required)
Justice of the Supreme Court, County Board Supervisors, Municipal Offices and School District Board Members
April 3, 2018 – Spring Election
Justice of the Supreme Court, County Board Supervisors, Municipal Offices and School District Board Members
August 14, 2018 – Partisan Primary
U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress District 6, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Representative to the Assembly District 23, Representative to the Assembly District 24, Representative to the Assembly District 60, Sheriff, Clerk of Circuit Court, Coroner
November 6, 2018 – General Election
U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress District 6, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Representative to the Assembly District 23, Representative to the Assembly District 24, Representative to the Assembly District 60, Sheriff, Clerk of Circuit Court, Coroner
State and Federal candidates file with the Wisconsin Elections Commission. 
I encourage you to learn more about city and county government so that you can help shape our community!
Sincerely,
County Board Meetings are open to the public and are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month in the Administration Center, 121 W. Main St., Pt. Washington, WI 53074. 
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