Meet the District 7 City Council Candidates

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Matt Geiger

One thing is certain: The City of Middleton’s seventh aldermanic district will have a new representative on the common council in 2017.

Whether it is John Orlikowski or Dan Ramsey II, both of whom are running for the seat being vacated by mayoral candidate and current District 7 alderman Hans Hilbert, will be up to voters when they head to the polls on April 4.

After their candidacies became official, both Orlikowski and Ramsey II recently took some time to tell the Times-Tribune who they are and why they are running for a seat on the council. While plenty more information about them – and about the contested mayoral race between Hilbert and current District 2 alderman Gurdip Brar – will ensue in the coming months, this provides an early opportunity to get to know the council candidates before they, or their supporters, knock on your door to ask for your vote.

Ramsey II was raised in Middleton and said he has “fond memories of growing up in a community with a small town feel and big city amenities.”  He is the son of long-serving Middleton mayor Dan Ramsey, who held the city’s top elected office from 1977 until 2003.

Orlikowski has lived in Middleton since 2009 and has worked in the city since 2005. He was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and lived there until he began attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating with a B.S. in chemistry, he and his wife remained in Madison as they started their family and he worked at an analytical laboratory in Baraboo. In 2005, Orlikowski joined an analytical laboratory in Middleton and has worked there ever since.

Ramsey II and his wife moved to the Cedar Ridge neighborhood near the Pheasant Branch Conservancy in August of 2004.  Their children attended  Middleton-Cross Plains schools and participated in local sports and music programs.  

Orlikowski is currently an associate director of laboratory support, in which capacity he leads several different departments that support scientists who perform testing.

Ramsey II earned an associate degree in accounting from Madison Area Technical College and has run a small property management and maintenance company for 13 years.  

“I would approach serving my district from the perspective of a homeowner and neighbor who also appreciates tenant issues and the desire to keep our community strong, vibrant, and safe,” Ramsey II said.

Orlikowski praised the city’s wild spaces. “When I am not working or spending time with my family, I like to be outside as much as possible,” said Orlikowski.  “A lot of that outdoor time is spent in the Pheasant Branch and on the Middleton bike trail system. If I am not hiking or biking, I like to fish and hunt.”

“My wife and I have four daughters - ages five, seven, 10 and 12,” Orlikowski continued. “My wife stays home with them during the day and works for an online tutoring company in the evenings. They are all attending schools in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, and I thoroughly enjoy watching them grow and teaching them about life. They are my driver in life and I am so proud of everything they do.”

Ramsey II said he would work to keep Middleton unique and that he would focus on quality of life issues.

“Growing up in Middleton and raising children here has given me an ongoing love for all the city has to offer,” Ramsey II said. “Great schools, strong local businesses, and fantastic parks and public lands. “

Orlikowski said he is running because he believes “members of all levels of government should have a strong leadership background.”

He said he would “expand the tax base by supporting the businesses and developments that expand and move to Middleton while keeping sprawl to a minimum.” He also pledged to “ensure our green spaces and natural resources are maintained and expanded for everybody to use and enjoy now and in the future.”

Lastly, Orlikowski pledged to leverage his “business experience to keep a balanced budget that is responsible but allows for all of the high level community services we have all known and enjoyed.”

“Whether I am enjoying the parks with my family, walks in the Pheasant Branch with the dogs, the variety of foods at the local restaurants or simply commuting to work on the bike paths, I feel a need to give back to the community that has already given me so much,” said Orlikowski.

Ramsey II said that, “If elected, I would work to help our city maintain its unique identity, manage growth, and focus on public services, public safety, and quality of life for community residents.”

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