The retirement from public office of longtime City of New Holstein alderman and public servant Terry Thiessen is creating an opening which two newcomers to public office—Becca Mosier and Randy Anderson—are trying to fill.
They are competing for the seat in Aldermanic District 3 which consists of Ward 4, largely the western side of the city.
Following are the responses of both candidates to a questionnaire provided by the Tri-County News. The order in which their responses are printed was determined by a coin flip.
Anderson works as a senior systems architect at Kohler Company.
He has been married for over 42 years with three children, Erin, Philip, and Christopher; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Anderson served in the U.S. Navy and the National Guard.
Asked about his qualifications to be an alderperson, Anderson said, “As a member of the management team at Kohler, I have 30-plus years of experience working in diverse teams on large-scale projects. I believe the skills developed in that environment will translate directly to the skills necessary to be an effective, successful public official.”
Asked to comment on issues currently facing New Holstein, Anderson said, “I feel the lack of a vibrant economy in New Holstein has resulted in a deterioration in the quality of life. When there was abundant manufacturing, we had an adequate tax base and businesses thrived. The manufacturing base needs to be rebuilt. The other issue we must address is the safety of our citizens. We need to insure we have a dedicated, effective police force. In addition, and just as important, is to protect our election process. There can be no questions about the legitimacy of our elections.”
He added, “I believe it is important for us to recognize the damage that occurs when we move away from traditional values—the rule of law, adherence to the spirit of our constitution, the nuclear family. We have seen what happens when these values are abandoned. The effects are clear in places like Minneapolis, Seattle, and many others. We must be sure to elect officials committed to our values who will not allow anarchy to rein as it has in many of the cities in our country.”
Becca (Zibung) Mosier
Mosier is employed as a member relations specialist at Premier Financial Credit Union in New Holstein.
She is the daughter of Julie Ehlert and Val Zibung, owners of Zibung Morning Glory Distributors from the 1970s to the 1990s in New Holstein. She is married to Adam, who grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and is mom to Harper, 8, and Hayden, 4, both enrolled at New Holstein Elementary School. Becca’s brother Brad has lived in Chicago for over 20 years.
Becca said this is her first run at public office other than being senior class president at New Holstein High School in 1998-’99.
Asked about her qualifications to be a good alderperson, Mosier highlighted “strong public speaking skills, good listener, excellent communication skills both written and verbal, hard worker willing to put the time in to helping New Holstein.” She said she enjoys “talking to people and getting to know them which will help me with outreach to those in Ward 4.” She said she has a “passion for democracy and fair representation.”
On the question of issues facing New Holstein, Mosier said, “Many talk about attracting families and businesses to New Holstein but there are not many houses for sale. I believe we need to work with developers to build more affordable housing options for young people and families who want to move to New Holstein. There also are businesses holding on to empty buildings and vacant land and making it hard to add new businesses to our city. This would be a starting point to discuss any options to free up buildings or land for development.”
She added, “I believe we are seeing a shift in the group of people serving as aldermen. Their many years of hard work and dedication to the city are very much appreciated. It is time the next generation of citizens steps up and takes on leadership roles in the city. Fresh, new voices, perspectives, and experiences can only help New Holstein thrive and grow.
“I became interested in serving the people of Ward 4 as their alderperson when the topic of outsourcing our Police Department came up and many people did not know it was potentially going to be voted on by the council. I enjoyed going door to door in Ward 4 and hearing citizens’ opinions and ideas. If elected as alderperson for Ward 4, I will continue to keep Ward 4 informed and want to hear their ideas and thoughts.”