Green Bay District 4 Principal Applicants Respond to Questionnaire

GREEN BAY — Voters who are part of Green Bay’s District 4 will have the opportunity to reduce the number of candidates, which includes an incumbent, from three to two in the Feb. 15 primary election

The nonpartisan race for Green Bay City Council will feature three primaries for Districts 2, 4 and 6. District 4’s race is the only one of those three to include an incumbent, Bill Galvin, who has served on the council since 2016. The District 4 challengers are Natalie Hoffman and Douglas Yates.

As a starter, Galvin won against a challenger in 2018 but went unopposed in 2020.

District 4 encompasses much of the Astor Park and East Astor Park neighborhoods in Green Bay, ending at the Fox River.

As part of the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s election coverage, the newspaper contacted primary candidates to answer questions that identify their qualifications, explain why they are running and, if they win, how they plan to center the Constituent Concerns on City Council Discussions. Below are their responses, limited to a maximum of 100 words, with each candidate listed in alphabetical order.

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Bill Galvin

  • Address: 1244 Emilie Street
  • Age: 62
  • Occupation: Retired Green Bay Police Captain
  • Education: Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Experience: Six-year starter for District 4
  • Campaign website: www.facebook.com/WilliamGalvin.for.Alderman

Natalie Hoffman

Natalie Hoffman
  • Address: 1217 Chicago St.
  • Age: 23
  • Occupation: Substitute teacher for the Green Bay School District
  • Education: BA in German Studies, Democracy and Justice (Criminal Justice), minor in Political Science and Sociology, from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Experience: I have never held a position like this before; however, I hope my community will trust me with the chance to win in this post and offer me constructive feedback and other support.
  • Campaign website: Natalie Hoffman – Candidate for Green Bay City Council D4 | Facebook

Doug Yates

Doug Yates
  • Address: 324 S. Clay Street
  • Age: 39
  • Occupation: Construction trades Journeyman pipe fitter/welder outside UA Local 400
  • Education: Welding Certificate from Bay de Noc Community College, Construction Trades Apprenticeship from Fox Valley Technical College
  • Experience: I am new to politics.
  • Campaign website: www.facebook.com/yates4alderman

Why are you running for election?

Galvin: When I decided what I wanted to do with my life, I knew I wanted to help people. I did this for 34 years as a Green Bay police officer and for the last six years as an alderman. I feel that I can continue this service for another two years.

Hoffman: I am running for office because I believe we can create a stronger, safer and more prosperous community if we invest in every person, regardless of race, gender, religion or income. I value community care and want to be a voice for everyone in my district.

Yats: I disagree with the current direction the council has taken over the past few years regarding taxes, politics and rebranding. I think we need a new and fresh perspective on the board. I think it is important that we include sunset clauses on all new and possibly old policies.

What makes you the best candidate in this race?

Galvin: Knowledge of the operation of municipal services. Willingness to consider all aspects of problems and find common ground for the best solution. Knowing that my role is to improve the city for all who live and work there.

Hoffman: I am ready to take bolder steps than the other candidates on the issues that need to be resolved now. As a younger candidate, I also represent young voices in our community and can offer a fresh perspective on the board.

Yats: I offer a different look and perspective. The board should have representatives from all backgrounds and experiences. My trade union and business background makes me uniquely qualified to improve our current board.

What do residents think are their most important issues and how would you address them?

Galvin: More traffic control and more road repairs are needed. There are property inspection issues. The police have already increased contact with traffic based on data from traffic accidents and complaints. A working relationship between community policing and the inspection service has been to work with landlords and tenants to address issues that are destroying our neighborhoods. Advocate for residents to ensure that different departments work together to resolve these issues.

Hoffman: I’ve heard from residents that their biggest concerns are flooding issues, roads, and power outages—all things related to our infrastructure. I would address these issues by lobbying for funds to invest in both road maintenance and sustainable energy. I also hope to work with Green Bay’s Resilience Coordinator, Melissa Schmitz, to create community resiliency projects to address our district’s flooding issues, as well as other issues we may face in the future. future due to climate change.

Yats: The two biggest issues I hear about are taxes and roads. We pay an obscene amount in taxes and the roads are not very good. I would try to find out and make transparent the reasons for this and then attack the problem head on. We need to know where the money is going if not for the roads.

In an era where there is an emphasis on open government, how do you plan to communicate with your constituents and present yourself for them?

Galvin: Even more so now, being open and transparent with voters is of utmost importance. I plan to continue to be available to voters at all times, responding by phone, email, Facebook Messenger and text. I received hundreds and hundreds of emails, phone calls, texts, letters and Facebook messages. While I consider all feedback I receive, I find those in my district and give them the most consideration. I try to give an answer to all voters when possible.

Hoffman: I intend to be open and honest with my constituents and, as a potential representative for their district, their feedback is important to me. I will be readily available for virtual communication, whether that is an email, Facebook message, online survey, or Zoom call. I want my constituents to feel comfortable asking me questions and concerns about issues in our district, and in turn, I plan to give semi-annual reports on my progress so they can be aware of the job I would do as their District Representative.

Yats: There is only one way to be completely transparent. Respond immediately to all FOIA requests and update the community regularly. If elected, I will have ongoing communication with my constituents. Additionally, I will also continue my Facebook page with posts and welcome messages from my future constituents.

In terms of representation, what are you going to do to ensure that all of your constituents, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, religion and creed, are heard and treated fairly and equitably?

Galvin: My family is made up of many of the groups you listed above. My personal family experiences and the many situations I have been involved in during my time with the police department have taught me that everyone has the right to be who they are and to be respected for it. I give my personal guarantee that, whatever the case, all my constituents will be treated fairly by me. If any of my constituents feel that they have not been treated fairly by a member of our city staff, I will defend them until their complaint is resolved.

Hoffman: I will work hard to connect one-on-one with as many of my constituents as possible, whether through virtual coordination or in-person community events and forums. Stepping back and listening to people talk about their experiences, especially people with marginalized identities, will help me better understand where inequalities can be improved in my community. If elected, I plan to bring out the most needy voices in our community to ensure they don’t get lost while considering everyone’s thoughts and experiences in the decisions I make.

Yats: To ensure fair representation of the community I hope to represent, I would implement culturally appropriate leadership practices that reflect everyone’s contributions, perspectives, and needs. I will identify and remove barriers that perpetuate gaps in opportunity and achievement and foster positive inclusion of the diverse relationships present in all communities across our city.

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Natalie Eilbert is a government watchdog reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. You can reach her at [email protected] or check out her Twitter profile at @natalie_eilbert.

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