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Jaclyn Shelton is running for Beaver Dam Common Council Ward 9

March 21, 2019 GMT

The Beaver Dam Common Council will have at least one new member after the April 2 election.

Jaclyn Shelton is running for the Ward 9 seat on the council that is being vacated by incumbent Lisa Davidson. Another candidate for that seat, Mike Derr, has dropped out of the race but is still on the ballot.

Shelton is the local attorney manager for the Fond du Lac office of the state public defender. She attended UW-Madison for degrees in social work and law and has served on various boards and managed nonprofit programming. She said that she grew up in a restaurant her family owned for 50 years, giving her experience in small-town business.

“I would like to see Beaver Dam continue to grow and support local businesses,” Shelton said. “I will collaborate to solve problems and get things done by listening to ideas and input of Beaver Dam residents. I also want to help increase affordable housing and improve the quality of life.”

Shelton will be entering the council during a time of major changes and decisions. Officials are working to chart the best vision of Beaver Dam to attract new businesses and residents while improving the quality of life for those who are already here. Discussions continue over what, if anything, the city should be investing money into and there are even proposals out there to change the way the Beaver Dam is managed and governed.

“I am running because I care deeply about my community and I want to give back,” Shelton said. “Throughout my life, I have taken on extra responsibilities, served in leadership roles and worked to shape policy. I believe my passion and experience will make me an asset to the council.”

Shelton said she is actively involved in the community. She said she is on the flight team for Badger Honor Flight, helping to organize the welcome home for veterans. She said that she helps with the regional high school debate tournament and has coached the Dodgeland team for the past two years.

Shelton said that she enjoys spending her time with her family and friends and bowls in the Wednesday Women’s Wine League.