Former alderman to run for open Delavan City Council seat
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DELAVAN Former Delavan City Councilman Ryan Schroeder will run as a write-in candidate for the seat most recently held by Ron Siedelmann.
Siedelmann died Feb. 19, 2011 after a battle with lung cancer. Schroeder held the seat from 1999-2009.
From Schroeder's announcement:
"Today, I announce my candidacy as a write-in candidate for 3rd District Alderman in April 5th's general election.
"Whenever possible, I believe people should have the right to choose whom they wish to represent them as opposed to a few folks appointing an individual.
"These are indeed tough times and the uncertainty in Madison regarding the state budget adds a significant x-factor that the council must account for in the coming months and years.
"Without a doubt, we require experienced representation and Delavan deserves someone willing to make tough decisions while showing leadership.
"My decade-long experience in holding this seat – while serving as Council President, Council Vice President, and chairman of all the major committees at various times during my tenure – will go a long way in helping provide stability as our city moves forward.
"I understand the needs of working families and what will allow Delavan to prosper even more as a city. We need to attract companies that will provide family supporting jobs, maintain a quality education system for our children, and ensure a clean, safe environment in which to raise our families.
"Over the next few weeks, I look forward to meeting with folks at their door and around the city to talk further about my experience and commitment to the city of Delavan. More importantly, I look forward to listening to your concerns and working to address them as we move forward together.”
In addition to serving for 10 years as 3rd District Alderman, Schroeder has served as Past President of the Delavan Lions Club, where he has been a member since 1996, and the Delavan Kiwanis Club.
He is a member of the Delavan Historic Society, serves as Vice Chair of the Delavan Communications Committee, and is a public member of both the Wisconsin State Real Estate Board and Land and Water Conservation Boards. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration and Public Policy from UW-Whitewater and has one child. He has owned his home in Delavan since 1999.