Alderman Norman Propson is seeking his second term on the New Holstein Common Council but is being challenged in Aldermanic District 2 by Ranee Raether.
District 2 consists of Ward 3 which is on the city’s northeast side.
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.
This will be Propson’s second time running for alderman in Ward 3/District 2. He currently works at Central Garden and Pet as a maintenance technician and has lived in the city for 10 years.
Propson said, “I would like to say my first year as alderman for the ward was an interesting one as I’ve learned many things and the first and foremost one is that you are the voice for the citizens in your ward and that what I myself would choose when it comes to voting doesn’t matter as I speak and vote for the citizens in my ward.
“I look forward to hopefully continue as alderman for Ward 3 and continue to help move the city forward in a positive way. The last year has brought some changes and the city is moving forward in the rebuilding process. I would like to also say that I appreciate all those that vote for me and good luck to Ranee Raether also in the upcoming election,” Propson added.
Raether works as the business manager at Raether Chiropractic Office in New Holstein. Married to Jon Raether, they moved back to New Holstein in September 2019. “I would like to be more involved in the community and be the voice for Ward 3,” Raether said.
Raether grew up in Marytown and attended New Holstein Public Schools, graduating in 1993. She spent six years in human resources management and over 20 years in hospitality which she said gives her “great people skills.”
This will be Raether’s first run at public office. Asked about her qualifications for office, she provided the following list:
1. detail oriented
2. goal driven
3. “Receptive to community input whether they agree with my ideas or not. I believe that great things can be done when there are different perspectives on ideas.”
Asked about issues currently facing the city, Raether said, “Bringing new businesses to town and supporting them. Making New Holstein more appealing to the eye (organize a group of people to paint, pick up stray garbage, etc.). On the same note, having owners keep up their properties so they are not an eyesore.”
As for other issues facing the city, Raether provided this list:
“1. Bringing a primary care physician to New Holstein.
“2. Build or lease one of the empty buildings to create a more favorable and healthy environment for our senior citizens so they have a place to go to socialize and have fun. The current building is falling apart and doesn’t have parking.
“3. Fixing our city streets.”