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Brown Deer Village Board candidates gearing up for election

March 12, 2014

Brown Deer — Having cleared the primary election hurdle, candidates Jamie Awe, Terry Boschert, Bruce Thomas and Sherry Yusuf will be out pounding the pavement and trying to pick up votes before the April 1 contest.

At stake is two seats on the Village Board.

Awe, the 34-year-old newcomer who was the front runner in the February primary with 327 votes, said he spoke to a lot of people before that election and aims to do the same before the general election. He added that he has a straightforward and honest demeanor that plays well with voters and should help him during candidate forums.

"It's about staying true to myself, and letting people know how passionate I am about the community," Awe said.

Boschert, an incumbent and primary runner-up with 287 votes, said he's feeling good about his chances, and that when he talks to people in the community, "they think I've done a good job."

"I think people like the things that have happened in Brown Deer," Boschert said. "I think I've accomplished quite a bit in my term, and hopefully voters see it the same way."

Placing third with 120 primary votes, Thomas said the 99 signatures he gathered for his nomination papers are proof of his ability to pound the pavement. He emphasized that he wants to draw in new businesses to lessen the tax burden on homeowners.

"I've been able to talk to residents all over the village and (to) businesses, and I'm very optimistic about the future of Brown Deer," Thomas said. "If voters choose to elect me, I hope to continue the process."

Sherry Yusuf, who placed fourth in the primary with 100 votes, reiterated that without her, the Village Board would have no female members.

"There should be fairness and equality when it comes to this board," Yusuf said. "At this point, when (Trustee Andrea Weddle-Henning) leaves, we're not represented, and we need to have a seat at the table."

Yusuf commented that her strategy to win votes will be to "do it the old school way — footwork."

All four candidates agreed with the Village Board's recent actions to go on record in opposition to the state Department of Transportation and request a flat intersection at Green Bay and Good Hope roads, instead of the reconstructed overpass the DOT plans to build in the coming years.

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