New Holstein’s Aldermanic District 4 will have a new alderperson following the April 6 election as longtime city leader Bob Bosma is retiring from the position.
Lisa Jacobson and Eric Mayer are competing for the seat on the city’s Common Council. Aldermanic District 4 represents Ward 4 which is the central portion 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.
Mayer is employed as a City of Oshkosh firefighter/paramedic. He is married to Jessica and they have two sons, Ryker, 5, and Owen, 3. Mayer also volunteers as a lieutenant on the New Holstein Fire Department and is the president of the New Holstein First Responders.
This will be Mayer’s first run at elected public office.
As for his qualifications to be an alderman, Mayer cited “leadership experience through work and the two New Holstein groups I am on. I know what it takes to work as a team for a common goal. My experience in public safety.”
Asked about important issues facing the city, Mayer said, “We need to do what we can to help keep the businesses we have in this city and to attract new ones. I want to help move our city forward into the future.”
He added, “I feel my work experience and the time volunteering in New Holstein will help me make good decisions in public safety, as well as having a good working knowledge of what the council has done in the past.”
Lisa Ann Jacobson
Jacobson was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After graduation, she worked as an EKG technician until joining the Air Force in 1983. She served as a cardio-pulmonary technologist from 1983 – 1990, working in Respiratory Therapy and Cardiology. She also was a registered EMT, CPR instructor and instructor trainer. From 1993 to 1996, she was only the second female boxing referee in Colorado with USA Boxing, refereeing over 200 amateur bouts, including all ages and weight classes, the first female bouts in the state, several Golden Gloves matches and one bout in the U.S. Championships. She also was a judge and timekeeper.
Jacobson said, “I have worked in hospital critical care and doctor offices. Since moving to New Holstein in 2007, I have worked at the local Piggly Wiggly, I have been a bartender, owned a small business making medicine from plants and employing holistic healing techniques. I have been a member of Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce. I am an active parishioner at Holy Rosary Church and a full-time student studying horticulture and landscape design at Lakeshore Technical College.” She added, “I am retired, but very busy.”
Jacobson has been married to New Holstein native Mike Jacobson for 35 years and counting. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
She has been a New Holstein School Board member since 2017 and represents the district on the CESA 7 Board of Control 2017.
Asked about her qualifications for office, Jacobson said, “I have been a member of the New Holstein School Board and CESA 7 Board of Control since 2017 and I understand how public meetings are run, how budgets work, and how taxes are levied. I have learned that a good board or council must compromise and do the work of the people who elected them, and not on any personal agendas. I also bring empathy and kindness. Apparently, some of the members of the School Board refer to me as the ‘heart’ of the board, and I’m good with that. I always try to keep an open mind and pay attention to the ideas of others.”
Asked about issues facing the city, Jacobson said, “Job number one is to rebuild our Police Department. We need to get back to a place of trust between the city and the staff of the department. We must find a chief and then hire qualified officers. The council must support our police friends and never again get to a place where we go against the wishes of the community and jeopardize their safety for the sake of saving a few dollars.
“I would make street repair a priority. I have been studying the 2021 budget, best that I can, and I saw that the city has a healthy fund balance. If I calculated it correctly, it is 37 percent and change. I know that saving money for future needs is important; however, I am sure that everyone could agree that some of our streets are badly in need of repair, so maybe we could spend that balance down a bit. On the subject of street needs, a resident approached me recently to ask about getting some flashing crossing lights somewhere along Wisconsin Avenue to make crossing STH 32/57 easier for pedestrians. We could use one up by the new apartments on Kennedy to make it safer for students to get to the Middle School/High School.”
She added, “I would like to explore the possibility of getting a Safe Ride Program into New Holstein. As a former bartender, and a current bar patron, I have seen that there is a need for a way to get residents home safely if they’ve had too much to drink and feel that they have no other option but to drive. I have discussed this with a gentleman from the tavern league, and they have a program in some municipalities, but so far not in Calumet County. This would not be a city run program, but I am hopeful that the city would work with outside organizations to help provide this much-needed service to our residents.
“I love New Holstein! It would be my honor to represent the residents of Ward 5 on the City Council.”