Civic group formed to support candidates
A new civic group, We Like Watertown, has been created by local residents to support candidates that it feels are the most qualified to make Watertown a great place to live, work, visit, shop and play in the coming years.
The group said its longer-term mission is to promote most communitywide involvement and collaboration on civic issues.
“Great teamwork can accomplish seemingly impossible things,” according to Sherry Cira, a founding member of the group. “Joining forces and working cooperatively together in all areas of city life can result in vast community improvement and pride,” she added.
We Like Watertown is registered with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission as an independent expenditure committee.
The committee must be fully independent and may not coordinate any efforts with a candidate or a candidate’s election committee. Donations and expenditures will be publicly reported and made available as required by state law.
“Since we are new and we want to make sure our efforts are completely independent from the candidates and their volunteers, we are a small group at this time, Kevin Ryan, treasurer of the committee, said. “We’ll consider expanding and possibly becoming a nonprofit organization or some similar entity after the election.”
If the expansion occurs, the group’s goal will be to work on broader civic engagement and collaboration initiatives, as well as possibly advocating for the hiring of a professional public city administrator to ensure that public funds, debt, amenities and services are expertly managed.
In selecting candidates to support in the upcoming elections, We Like Watertown is looking for leaders who will bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the job of running the city and helping the community thrive. The group will seek candidates who seem most likely to take initiative for the benefit of the community as a whole.
“We’d love to help elect a conscientious and respectful individual devoted to driving results that foster community well-being,” Barry Ashenfelter, a founding member, said.
“No one person can make a community great, but great leaders can help a community prosper,” Cira said. “We all have to pitch in, hold ourselves and our leaders to high standards and collaborate goodheartedly for the health, safety and betterment of Watertown. It’s our civic duty to do so, and ultimately it’s for our own benefit.”
More information on this new group is available at welikewatertown.com and on Facebook.