Editor's Note: This letter to the editor was submitted by District 14 aldermanic candidate Cory Payne.
My name is Cory Payne. I am a candidate for Alderman of District 15 in the April 2013 election. I am 29 years old and a lifelong resident of Waukesha. I attended Blair Elementary, Butler Middle School and graduated from Waukesha North High School. I also attended Waukesha County Technical College to work toward a teaching degree.
My parents have been active volunteers for various projects over their many years in Waukesha and they have taught me the value of working for the community I live in and love. I started volunteering in high school and have continued to this time. I have served the youth of Waukesha through the Waukesha Park and Rec Department as a baseball coach for the past four years. I have also coached basketball for the Lake Country Lutheran Youth Program, and during that time accepted a paid position with Waukesha North High School as an assistant cross country and track coach.
I worked for several years as a logistics specialist for a shipping company. As a sports enthusiast, I truly enjoy my current job as a Sales Representative for Milwaukee Sporting Goods.
My interest in politics actually originated and grew alongside my study of history. As a military history buff, I have always found the strategies and tactics used during times of crisis to be interesting and educational. The history of Waukesha’s resurgence and dependency on water is equally fascinating and will have to be resolved very soon. I look forward to studying this issue alongside others and hopefully bring it to a financially and sustainable resolution in the very near future.
Waukesha strives to be known as a community that is safe and secure, and has a reduced fear of crime for its citizens and its visitors. As the needs of our community and our police and fire departments change frequently, we must require up-to-date approaches to citizen service and crime prevention.
Alongside the issue of safe and secure, rides the issue of code compliance. Many citizens do not understand the zoning codes or the ordinances related to garbage storage or pick-up. I look forward to working with city officials and city departments to:
- Educate residents as to proper disposal of rubbish and garbage
- Protect property owner’s investments by keeping neighborhoods clean and orderly
If I have the honor of being elected as alderman of District 15, I will bring my energy, my passion for Waukesha and a youthful perspective to all of the issues that come before me. I hope to bring to my generation the same sense of purpose and community involvement that my parents brought to theirs. I am computer savvy and will correspond with my constituents in any manner that they chose which may include e-mails, text messages, twitter, face book and hopefully in person and by phone. Waukesha has a representative form of government. I hope to represent my constituents and improve the quality of their lives. I would be honored by the votes of the citizens of District 15.