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Beaver Dam alderperson election profile: Richard Barcus

March 24, 2017 GMT

Richard Barcus will challenge incumbent Lisa Davidson for the Ward 9 seat. The election is April 4.

Here is a profile of Barcus. There will be additional articles regarding the race in upcoming editions of the Daily Citizen.

Richard Barcus

Address: 822 Lakeshore Drive

Family: Dawn (partner), Brooke (daughter), Heather (daughter)

Job: Retired

Education: UW-Platteville – School of Business

Current government experience: No civil service experience

Previous work experience: Management consultant with George S. May International (20 years)

Current community involvement: Harvest Evangelical Free Church and plays in a men’s golf league

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Why run for alderperson?

Barcus said that he has a reputation for getting things done and wants to help manage how city government runs.

“I have always wondered why things work,” he said.

He added that he hasn’t found time to involve himself in civic causes in the past, but believes that no one running for a public service office should run unopposed. Because he is new to this he said that this give him a fresh view on city government.

Pros/cons in Ward 9 and Beaver Dam

Through talking with people in Ward 9, Barcus said that the people have a wonderful attitude and a tremendous interest in how the city operates.

Concerns that he has heard include roads, safety, lake water quality, property taxes, real estate values and the overall visibility of government offices.

He also would like to improve the city’s budget. He continued, saying that he believes in zero base budgeting (justifying every expense) and wants to see a return on investment for Beaver Dam residents.

“I believe in keeping score,” he said.

Barcus said he wants to see growth in the city through productivity and efficiency improvements.