Ramsey to Run For Middleton Mayor

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Michelle Phillips

MIDDLETON–Middleton District 7 Alder Dan Ramsey II said there are some issues that have come up over the past two years that played into his decision to run for mayor.

“I was approached to run after Gurdip [Brar} said he was not running,” Ramsey explained, and decided to continue with the campaign even though Brar did decide to run again.

“One of the things that is really important to me is the number of apartments,” he said and noted that without single family homes and townhomes, there is little room for homeownership and building equity.

“It’s a missing part of our market,”  added Ramsey, who currently serves as council president. 

Ramsey said that although there have been discussions about increasing homeownership, the city needs to encourage developers to address the issue. He noted that Middleton is poised to keep growing and families continue to move to the city because of the reputable school system.

“I hear that individuals don’t want to buy houses, but I find that to be false,” he said.

Ramsey said the city is currently working on formulating a TIF policy, which he supports. He said the TIF funds should go to the city and incremented from there. “I want to see it work for the whole community, not just the developer by not giving the developer 100 percent,” Ramsey explained. He said the discussion about TIF policy came to the forefront during discussions of future projects. The item was a large part of the Committee of the Whole retreat last week.

Public transit is another area that Ramsey said needs some work. “I think we can all agree that we don’t have as good of public transportation as we could have,” he said. 

He said he would like to address this by working with the City of Madison to have more buses during peak hours. He said it was a surprise when Madison told the city during budgeting that it would be responsible for an addition $70,000. “We should have known way before we were in the budgeting process,” he stated. 

Restoring Pheasant Branch Conservancy (PBC) also makes Ramsey’s short list of areas to be addresses. “I’d like to see us continue to work on putting the conservancy back together,” he said, and included that PBC is one of the biggest conveyances of storm water in the area. 

“We need to work with the county, state and City of Madison to tighten stormwater runoff restrictions,” Ramsey said. 

He said that the city needs to work on an ordinance for stormwater to avoid another disaster like the flood in August 2018, as well as working on mitigation.

“We need to encourage all developers to go above and beyond state regulations for runoff,” he said.

He also favors a public safety levy to hire new officers and emergency management personnel.

Some of the things Ramsey would like to continue working on include:

• Becoming a 100 percent sustainable city.

• Continuing to keep a close eye on the budget.

He said that he feels he works well with other members of the council, which can be an advantage for a mayor, “I try to go into a situation without my mind made up, and find a solution that will work for the majority of the people, he said. 

Ramsey has served three years on the Middleton City Council, and has spent most of his life in Middleton, with the exception of some time in Minnesota. He is the owner of RPM Management LLC, and he and his wife, Michele, have six children and three grandchildren.

“I’m looking forward to working together to help Middleton grow and become a place where all income levels and diversity are welcome,” he concluded. 

Ramsey will face off against Mayor Brar and plan commissioner Kurt Paulsen in the primary on Feb. 18.

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