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DuWayne Severson, Council President
First elected in 2012. Term expires in 2015.
"I’ve been a resident of Janesville since 1993 and work as the Director of Sales and Network Development for MercyCare Health Plans. I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BBA in Accounting. I am also a licensed CPA.
I have followed the activities of the Janesville council for years, which led me to become interested in serving the community as a Councilmember. I chose to run for office because I wish to give back to the community that has blessed my family. During my tenure on the Council, my goals are to make Janesville a business opportunity community and reduce barriers for new companies to locate in Janesville. "
Sam Liebert, Council Vice President
First elected in 2011. Term expires in 2015.
"I was born in Milwaukee and moved to Janesville at the age of five. I moved here with my single mom and sister for the amazing qualities that Janesville offered as a city. I attended public school at Harrison Elementary, Washington Elementary, Franklin Middle School and graduated from Parker High School in 2003. I currently attend classes at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, finishing my Bachelors Degree in Public Policy & Administration.
Since 2006, I have been active in grass-root politics and campaigns across our great country. I've worked for several members of the US House of Representatives, US Senators, Governors and for a US President. From 2009 through 2010, I served at the pleasure of the President as Deputy White House Liaison to the US Department of Agriculture.
In 2010, I decided to return home to Janesville to begin my life. Janesville is a great place to raise a family, buy a home and plant your roots. We have beautiful parks, pools and safe neighborhoods. I hope that younger families will decide to stay in Janesville, and make their future here as I have decided to do.
As the current longest serving councilmember, I plan to work with the rest of the council in balancing our budgets yearly. Just as Janesville families sit down every week to live within their means, so too should our City Government. I also promise to work hard to hold the line on property taxes and to closely watch our borrowing trends. It's also my job to listen, be transparent, and listen to all sides of an issue before making decisions. Janesville is an amazing place to live and work, and I plan on keeping it that way."
First elected in 2014. Term expires in 2016.
A Janesville native, I received a B.A. in Journalism from UW-Madison and worked as newspaper reporter for three years before returning to my hometown. I was hired by the Janesville Fire Department in 1985 and served the city in a number of roles, including paramedic, driver, and acting Lieutenant, retiring in December of 2012.
An appreciation for and a love of my hometown drove me to run for Council, and I hope to serve Janesville by acting in the best interest of all citizens with every decision. One goal that I’d like the City to undertake in the next few years is to take a lead role in downtown redevelopment.
My wife, Patrice, a nurse here in Janesville, and I raised two daughters, both of whom have moved on to very fulfilling careers.
First elected in 2012. Term expires in 2016.
Raised in Kenosha (a city also dependent on manufacturing), I have been a resident of Janesville since 1996. I retired as an industrial accountant in September, 2011. I have a BBA in Finance from UW-Milwaukee. I am a Certified Public Accountant, and I am working on a MBA at UW-Whitewater. My wife, Judy, is a retired high school social studies teacher. We both have a strong commitment to education and community service.
I have a strong lifelong interest in national state and local government. Now more than ever people with a strong financial background should serve in government. I am strongly interested in the acquisition and retention of business in Janesville and the creation of new jobs. We also need to retain a high quality of life for all Janesville residents as well as maintain and improve the city’s infrastructure.
First elected in 2013. Term expires in 2015.
First appointed in 2015. Term expires in 2016.
I have been a vice president for Mercy Health System since 2002. In my role I have responsibilities for community advocacy, government relations at the federal, state and local levels, relationship management with regional private not-for-profit health related agencies, community services development, pastoral care and outreach, the Mercy Association of Volunteers and the Mercy Foundation.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History as well as a Master of Public Administration degree. Prior to joining Mercy, I enjoyed a career in local government management and administration spanning more than 20 years.
First elected in 2013. Term expires in 2015.
"I have resided in Janesville since I was two years old. Started working for the family owned home building business since I was 5 sweeping and cleaning up. I graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Construction Administration with a Real Estate emphasis in 1979. I became involved with the South Central Wisconsin Builders Association, eventually becoming their President in 1997. I have been a member of the Janesville Zoning Board of Appeals and currently a member of the Plan Commission. I was asked to serve on several Rock County Committees relating to Land Use and Farmland Preservation representing the interests of the Development community.
It is my wish to serve the citizens of Janesville to the best of my ability fairly and impartially. I have appeared many times before the council, and I will not forget the nervousness I felt at that moment. I believe in listening to the community and communicating back to the citizens in an open and honest manner.
My wife, Jean, and myself have raised two wonderful daughters who are now embarking on their own life journeys as caring professionals."