On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Ripon Common Council will select a replacement for Ald. Todd Elliott, who moved across town.

He formerly represented District 1, which is shown at left. The district encompasses Wards 1, 2 and 3 along Ripon’s west side.

Two individuals expressed interest in his post: John Splitt and Mandy Hughes.

The Commonwealth asked both applicants for the District 1 aldermanic post

six question pertaining to current city issues. Here are their responses:

1: What is the No. 1 issue you believe is facing Ripon today, and how would you approach it as a member of the Common Council?

Splitt:

The No. 1 issue facing Ripon today is how to increase tax revenue. New home starts and business expansions are key to that. The city has started a new grant program to help increase new housing starts in our subdivisions. Combined with developer incentives, I believe Ripon is on the right track to gain new revenue and continue to improve the city of Ripon. My approach would be to stay on course and continue with the program as long as we can.

Hughes:

I believe Ripon will need to continue addressing concerns about stability and seek out creative angles for highlighting strengths of our community. It’s understandable that citizens might feel worried about what the future holds with regard to economic growth. It’s also understandable that citizens want to feel the direction being pursued by council is representative of all voices. My approach, if selected to serve Common Council, is to lend an additional perspective to council discussions and decisions, all the while seeking creative solutions that capitalize on our strengths to ensure stability for our citizens and children.

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