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April 16, 2021

4/2/2021 9:02:00 AM
Two seek vacant Dodgeville City Council seat

After many years of service to the City of Dodgeville as a member of the city council Mike Borne has decided to not seek re-election.
Two candidates filed papers to run for the seat with the outcome to be decided at the spring election, April 6.
The open seat is Aldermanic District 4 which includes Wards 7, 8 and 9.
The two candidates are Julie Solberg and Michelle Peterson. Following are their answers to questions about their views on the city and a short bio.
1. Tell us about yourself. Name, address, age, family status, education, profession, former or present elected office/community service:
Peterson: Michelle Peterson
612 Jamie Street. Dodgeville, 35, graduate of Dodgeville High School. SWTC graduate of Administrative Assistant Program. Lands' End for 18 years as a Merchandising Assistant.
Community Service includes running St. Joseph Parish fish fries, volunteering at the Grilled Cheese championships, Dodgefest, and the Iowa County Santa Cop Program, and help served Holiday community meals.
Solberg: Julie Johnson Solberg
909 N Main Street in Dodgeville, 60, married to Nick Solberg with two grown children. I am a 1978 Graduate of Dodgeville High School with an Associates Degree in Business Administration Accounting. I work in Patient Financial Services at Upland Hills Health. Formerly on City of Dodgeville Parks and Recreation committee and Uplands vacation guide board.
2. Why are you running for this position on the Dodgeville City Council and why should people vote for you?
Peterson: I have been wanting to give back to the community I was raised in. I have been involved in many different events and want to see Dodgeville grow for many more generations.
Solberg: I have lived in Dodgeville my entire life and care about the viability and vibrancy of the community. I hope to help make decisions that positively impact our community and create a culture that is attractive to businesses and visitors.
3. What do you see as the biggest challenge the community faces at present?
Peterson: I think one of the biggest challenges is growth. Affordable housing is a necessity that we are not seeing. Dodgeville has been faced with a housing shortfall. With many people commuting to Madison or Dubuque but wanting to live in a smaller community, we are going to continue to see this issue.
Solberg: The Pandemic has created a huge challenge which has affected community services and businesses alike. I hope we can recover all community services and attract businesses for downtown viability.
4. What contributions would you make to the betterment of the city?
Peterson: I will be a voice for the younger generations in the community. In order to help the city grow, you have to listen to the people of the city. People have great ideas, but they need to be heard and considered.
I will continue to volunteer. We have many opportunities to get out and volunteer, and I think that also helps to make the community stronger
Solberg: Listening to the voters in my district as well as the entire community to make decisions that make people proud of the community they live in.
5. Where do you see the community being in the next five years?
Peterson: I hope to see the community thriving with new businesses and more opportunities for the younger generations to want to stay or relocate here.
The city is only going to get bigger, and we are going to have to face the issues that come with growth
Solberg: If we can take advantage of our beautiful parks, improved schools and natural surroundings I believe we can create a community that people want to visit and live in.

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