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Three fight for Whitewater City Council seat in February primary

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Andrea Anderson
February 13, 2014

WHITEWATER — The race for the Whitewater City Council Aldermanic District 4 seat features a former UW-Whitewater employee, a plan commission representative and an incumbent seeking another term.

Incumbent Lynn Binnie has been District 4 alderman since 2008 and wants to continue balancing the need for student housing while preserving single-family neighborhoods.

Gregory Meyer sees service on the city council as an opportunity to combine his experiences from various city committees and continue to promote the redevelopment of downtown and help grow businesses and jobs.

Paul Yvarra is a former UW-Whitewater employee and has watched city politics for years. He wants to support and create small business and develop affordable single-home housing.

LYNN BINNIE (I)

Age: 61

Address: 1315 Satinwood Lane, Whitewater.

Job: Administrator of Operations, Fairhaven Senior Services.

Education: 1970 graduate from Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Ariz. Graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of Arizona in 1974. Graduated with a master's degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Va., in 1976.

Community service: Vice chair for Whitewater's Plan and Architectural Review Commission from 2008 through present, member and former president of Whitewater Breakfast Kiwanis Club, and former president and active board member of LeadingAge Wisconsin for 11 years.

Elected posts: Whitewater City Council, Aldermanic District 4, since 2008.

Major campaign issues: “Maintaining quality municipal services and infrastructure with fiscal constraint. Balancing the increasing need for student housing with preservation of single-family neighborhoods. Attracting development of more employment opportunities and affordable housing.”

GREGORY MEYER

Age: 54

Address: 256 Woodland Drive, Whitewater.

Job: Carpet and cabinet maker and owner of Meyer Contracting.

Education: Baraboo High School.

Community service: Member and chairman of Whitewater Plan and Architectural Review Commission from 2009 to present, member of the Zoning Re-write Steering Committee 2011 to present. Volunteer for Whitewater Youth Soccer Club.

Elected posts: Plan Commission representative to Whitewater's Community Development Authority from 2011 to present.

Major campaign issues: “My participation and collaboration with others serving on these boards and commissions has given me a unique perspective as to how this community grows both physically and economically and is the reason I am running for election to the common council. I feel that I have the experience and perspective necessary to make researched and well-thought-out decisions that will directly affect District 4 and the community as a whole.”

PAUL YVARRA

Age: 80

Address: 401 Buckingham Blvd., Whitewater. 

Job: Retired, former program coordinator for UW-Whitewater Educational Administration Degree program. Worked in the U.S. Air Force.

Education: 1953 graduate of James A. Garfield High School, Los Angeles, Calif. Graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from University of California-Los Angeles in 1972. Graduated with a doctorate in behavior science from Claremont Graduate University, Los Angeles, in 1978.

Community service: None

Elected posts: Whitewater School Board member, 2002 through 2005.

Major campaign issues: “To continue support of downtown Whitewater growth and development … correct the financial situation the city is in with TIFF responsibilities coming up in a few years … to do what we have to support and create small business and increase the business park, and the other one is we have to develop affordable and attractive single-home housing in Whitewater.”



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