Beaver Dam’s Ward 7 has competitive race for Common Council
The incumbent in Ward 7 is facing a challenger for his seat on the Beaver Dam Common Council.
Robert Ballweg, the current council president, and Jack Yuds are running for the seat in the April 2 election.
Ballweg said he is running for re-election due to the relatively new council and mayor and the retirement of the city’s director of administration.
“While I have always encouraged others to run for my position as I think it is good to have new and fresh ideas on the council, it is also important to have the historical and institutional knowledge, which I bring as well as the ability to listen to other views and attempt to find compromise and balanced approach to issues and spending,” he said.
He said that if he were re-elected, he would want to focus on using tax-increment financing for infrastructure instead of general tax dollars, move toward creating a full-time city administrator position, take a balanced approach toward initiatives from the mayor and develop single-family housing.
Ballweg has been a real estate broker since 1983 and has served on the council since 2005. He is the past president of the Dodge County Board of Realtors and the past Director Wisconsin Realtors Association. Ballweg has served on many different board and committees, including the Dodge County Board of Supervisors.
He grew up in Fox Lake, where his parents ran the Lorelei Supper Club, and has lived in Beaver Dam for 23 years. Ballweg has a son, Jacob, with Margie Reible.
Yuds said that he decided to run for the seat over his concerns about the wheel tax issue and the council’s spending in general. He spoke out against the proposal for a “wheel tax” when the council considered it in 2017, which would have assessed a new fee on vehicles registered in Beaver Dam weighing 8,000 pounds or less to help pay for road repairs in the city.
He said that if he were elected, he would want to focus on improving road conditions and the proposed second fire station on the city’s north side. Fire Chief Alan Mannel has said that a second station is necessary as the north end continues to develop. A firm will be conducting a study ahead of a proposed referendum for the station.
Yuds has served on a credit union board for 20 years, including 10 years as the chairperson. He has been married to his wife Linda for 23 years and has lived in Ward 7 for 24 years.