Beaver Dam council incumbent faces challenger
Doug Garczynski is running against incumbent Jon Abfall to represent Ward 3 on the Beaver Dam Common Council.
Abfall first defeated then-incumbent Glen Link by 8 votes in 2015.
“I feel that I have been an alternative voice on many questions in that we can not just say ‘yes’ to everything that comes up,” Abfall said. “I am not against spending money, but an alderperson should think about it first rather than just say ‘yes.’”
He pointed to projects he voted against due to the costs, including the boardwalk from Starkweather Drive to Edgewater Park that will cost the city roughly $200,000.
Abfall said another thing he will focus on is continuing to make fixing roads a priority alongside Mayor Becky Glewen and the issue of a new fire station on the north side of Beaver Dam, which Fire Chief Alan Mannel said is needed.
“Not only have we had several large fires recently, but we must consider the number of large apartments on the north side that we must get ambulances to,” he said. “In these cases, minutes mean lives.”
Abfall is a lifelong resident of Beaver Dam and worked as a mail carrier. He and his wife Kay have six children and stepchildren with 12 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren. He belongs to the Exchange Club of Beaver Dam, Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. and the Blue Zones of Dodge County. Abfall is working on a master’s degree at Edgewood College in Madison.
“Over the years, I have seen many parts of the city go downhill,” he said. “We have to stop this slide, but at the same time look out for the rights of the residents, by being responsible about taxes, and making sure that they can enjoy their property without excess noise and without too much city intrusion onto their property rights.”
Garczynski said he decided to run because he was concerned about the direction city leaders were going.
“I felt it was time for new voices on the council, and wanted to be one of these voices,” he said. “I intend to ask good questions, analyze the information and conclude with common sense solutions.”
Garczynski said he would like to curb “non-essential” spending and concentrate on police protection, fire protection, water, sewer and roads. He said he would heavily scrutinize any spending outside of these areas.
Garczynski was born and raised in Beaver Dam and has lived on Madison Street for the past 30 years. He worked at the Citizen Publishing Company in Beaver Dam out of high school and has been in the printing business for decades, currently working for Royle Printing in Sun Prairie, holding different production, supervisory and management positions. He was the managing partner of a sign shop business in Madison that was sold in 2012.
He and his wife Shawn have been married for 10 years and have a dog named Indy and a cat named Roni. They enjoy spending their time on the lake with their family and friends.
“Living where we do, we get to enjoy the many outdoor music venues the area offers,” Garczynski said. “We also own a small camper so we like to get away and camp whenever we can.”