Candidate Q&A: Shorewood Hills Village Board – Madison.com

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Candidate Q&A: Shorewood Hills Village Board









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Four candidates, including two incumbents (I), are vying for three seats on the Shorewood Hills Village Board in the April 6 election. The terms are for two years. Candidate Mark Lederer did not respond to a questionnaire.

Cokie Albrecht (I)






Cokie Albrecht

Albrecht


Age: 68

Address: 1231 Wellesley Road

Family: Married with two children

Job: Former Shorewood Hills village clerk/finance director; retired 2018

Prior elected office: Shorewood Hills Village Board since 2019

Other public service: Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association until retirement; Wisconsin League of Women Voters; Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve; Shorewood Hills Garden Club

Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of California-Berkeley; master’s degree in public policy from the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota

Andi Funk






Andi Funk

Funk




Age: 46

Address: 834 Maple Terrace

Family: Married with four children

Job: 4K teacher, Meeting House Nursery School

Prior elected office: None

Other public service: Social Justice Committee, Village of Shorewood Hills; Senior staff representative with Madison Teachers Inc.

Education: PK-3 certification; bachelor’s degree in elementary education, UW-Madison






Shabnam Lotfi

Lotfi




Shabnam Lotfi (I)

Age: 38

Address: 923 Cornell Court

Family: Married with one child

Job: Immigration attorney, Lotfi Legal LLC

Prior elected office: Shorewood Hills Village Board since 2019

Other public service: None

Education: University of Wisconsin Law School

Q&A

Why should voters elect you and not your opponents?

Albrecht: I have extensive experience in municipal governance. Prior to my election to the Village Board, I was Shorewood Hills’ clerk/finance director. In that position I was involved in all facets of village administration, including finance and municipal operations. Electing experienced and thoughtful board members with the knowledge and background to effectively lead will be vital to our community’s continued successes.

Funk: As a 27-year resident, I’ve witnessed the needs of some in my community going unheard. I want to bring access and transparency to our local government, the how and the why of our ordinances and procedures. I want to bring a new voice where justice is equitable no matter who you are or what you look like.

Lotfi: I’m an attorney, small business owner, mother, Badger and millennial. I believe that elected officials need to do less talking and take more action. The village of Shorewood Hills has a number of projects that have been on the back burner for far too long. I’m an effective communicator, and I build bridges. I’m committed to getting the job done.

What is the most important issue in this election and how would you address it?

Albrecht: The village grapples with increasingly tight budgets. We must fund significant infrastructure projects — including Shorewood Hills’ multimillion-dollar share of the reconstruction of University Avenue — while maintaining the village’s exceptional AAA bond rating. At the same time, in the face of restrictive levy limits, we must guarantee the provision of excellent levels of municipal service that residents here expect and deserve.

Funk: The most important issue in this election is sustainability. Sustainability means so much more than the environment. Sustainability is affordable housing options, green spaces, safety and a sense of community. Specifically, we need policies that address the major stormwater issues affecting the village, devastatingly so along the University Avenue corridor.

Lotfi: The most important issue of my lifetime is climate change. Human activity is leading us to our own extinction. Glaciers are retreating all around the globe. The last seven years have been the warmest years in all of history. Whole ecosystems are breaking down and we are losing biodiversity. We must do our part in getting to net-zero emissions.

How do you balance development with sustainability?

Albrecht: Shorewood Hills recently adopted a Sustainability Plan to ensure future development is environmentally sound. Development can be sustainable when undertaken properly: infill limits urban sprawl and decreases dependence on cars; buildings constructed in compliance with sustainability principles are more energy efficient; the replacement of asphalt with permeable surfaces decreases runoff into lakes; incorporating sustainable practices in development saves money.

Funk: Development and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. Policies and tax initiatives that allow development to be forward thinking (including sustainable) and include affordable and diversified housing are attainable and have been done in many municipalities. With all policy, what is necessary for our most vulnerable is good for all. A thriving community operates best when diversity and creativity are present.

Lotfi: Green steel and green cement exist. Municipalities must lead the way by investing in them, even if it costs more up front. The village has already contracted with Madison Gas and Electric to ensure our village relies 100% on clean energy. Residents and businesses should be encouraged to do the same. For our children’s future, we must eliminate reliance on fossil fuels.

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