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Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00

Rematch set in race for Delavan mayor

Written by  CSI Media news

DELAVAN — Incumbent Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis faces a challenge from longtime city alderman Ryan J. Schroeder on April 1.

The mayoral match-up is the same as in  April 2012, when Nieuwenhuis topped Schroeder for the position.  

Mel Nieuwenhuis (I)

Age: 52

Address: 720 Parish St.

Job: Nieuwenhuis Brothers Disposal — garbage hauler

Education: graduate of Delavan-Darien High School

Community service: Advisory council board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Walworth County, co-founder of Mary’s Room, Civil War Monument Restoration Committee member, DDHS Booster Club member, Relay for Life, president of the Spring Grove Cemetery Board

Elected positions: 2nd District alderman, 1996 to 1998 and 2001; mayor, 2002 to present

Major campaign issue: Top priorities are the revitalization of our downtown, dog track property, empty industrial park No. 6, city budget, reducing debt, holding the line on taxes. If improvements are made in these areas, we will increase business and economic growth, tourism and jobs and (it will mean) less taxes for the citizens of Delavan.

Ryan J. Schroeder

Age: 39

Address: 510 S. Seventh St.

Job: chief of staff to state Rep. Josh Zepnick

Education: Delavan-Darien High School graduate, bachelor’s degree in administration and public policy from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Community service: member and former president of the Delavan Lions club, member and former president of the Delavan-Darien Kiwanis club, member of the Delavan Historical Society and the Walworth County Historical Society

Elected positions: Delavan alderman from 1999 to 2009 and 2011 to present

Major campaign issue: I have several issues: Bring businesses to the city that will provide new jobs and good wages to sustain a family. Continue my work as chairman of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, working with others to market the downtown to fill up open storefronts while we preserve our history and what makes Delavan unique. Make sure we have a clean, safe environment that not only we are proud of, but will encourage others to want to live and raise a family here.

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