Open Letter to All Menomonee Falls Residents,
Over the past several years I have quietly sat on the sidelines as Menomonee Falls slowly fell from its once highly regarded standing as a community where companies of all sizes wanted to do business.
As a lifelong resident of Menomonee Falls, I care deeply about the future of this community. It is for that reason, and that reason alone, that I decided to run for Village Trustee in December, 2009. For the record, I was the first person to file my papers with Village Clerk. Mr. McDonald filed his papers shortly after I did. If anyone forced a primary election, it is Mr. Davis who filed his papers at the very last minute, on the very last day.
When I first decided to run for Village Trustee, I had every intention of running a clean campaign without any mudslinging or innuendos. I wanted the focus to be on restoring the good name and reputation of Menomonee Falls. Sadly, in this day and age of modern technology, I guess that’s no longer possible. Twenty years ago I was in a bad marriage that resulted in some legal problems. That’s all water under the bridge, and totally irrelevant to the future of Menomonee Falls, but a reporter from a local newspaper felt it was responsible journalism to dig up the past and open old wounds. To save my family and friends from being hurt, I decided to withdraw from the race. There was no collusion with Mr. McDonald and I was not promised a seat in local government as Mr. Davis has claimed. I have never met, nor have I ever had any dealings with Mr. McDonald personally or professionally. If people still want to vote for me, fine. If not, I ask that they vote for Mr. McDonald because I feel he has the best interest of Menomonee Falls at heart.
Since Mr. Davis has fired the first volley I think it’s only fair that I return a few salvos of my own. In a letter dated February 1, 2010 to Joan Hintze, Menomonee Falls Village Clerk, Mr. Davis references his ability to obtain public records as stated in Wisconsin State Statute Chapter 19. In broad terms this chapter of the state statutes defines the general duties all elected officials whether they are at the state, county or municipal level. In true Jefferson Davis fashion, he picks and chooses the parts of the law that he can cobble together for his benefit and blithely turns a blind eye to the parts that make him look bad. In particular, I think Mr. Davis needs to re-examine Wisconsin State Statute 19.41
19.41 Declaration of policy. (1) It is declared that high moral and ethical standards among state public officials and state employees are essential to the conduct of free government; that the legislature believes that a code of ethics for the guidance of state public officials and state employees will help them avoidconflicts between their personal interests and their public responsibilities,will improve standards of public service and will promoteand strengthen the faith and confidence of the people of this state in their state public officials and state employees.
Mr. Davis you can’t play by some of the rules. You have to play by all of the rules. Doesn’t anyone in Menomonee Falls remember Jefferson Davis being arrested and resigning from office just a few short years ago? He has sent out e-mails to all the major news outlets stating that my resigning from the race doesn’t pass the smell test. Well isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black! In 2005, as part of a plea agreement, Mr. Davis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and civil violations and resigned as Village President instead of doing jail time. Originally Mr. Davis had been charged with 29 counts of breaking the state’s campaign finance laws including three felonies. Had he been convicted he could have potentially received up to 12½ years in prison and up to $45,000 in fines.
And still people vote for him. Why?
He claims what I’m doing is a waste of tax payer money. It pales in comparison to the $9,000 the village had to pay out to investigate the two gender harassment complaints that were filed against Mr. Davis during his tenure as Village President. As part of the investigation it was found that Mr. Davis was replacing women with men on village boards and commissions. Between April, 2003 and November, 2003, 31 people were appointed to such positions, five were women. None of the eight women appointed by the previous administration were retained by Mr. Davis.
And still people vote for him. Why?
People of Menomonee Falls, please send a loud and clear signal to Jefferson Davis by casting your vote for someone else. I’m writing this open letter because no one has called out Mr. Davis and asked him to stop making a mockery of Menomonee Falls. Every time he takes out his pen and writes a letter of half truths and twisted facts it takes the focus away from what matters most. Don’t play into Mr. Davis’ petty politics. If you wish to contact me and hear my ideas for Menomonee Falls, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerned Menomonee Falls Resident
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