(Beaver Dam) Incumbent Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen announced on Friday that she is seeking a second term in office. She says her first term involved (quote) “a progressive and bold agenda” that has seen great progress and adds that she wants to “keep the positive momentum going” to finish what she has started.
Glewen highlighted her accomplishments in a press release, which includes a one-million-dollar grant secured for next year’s reconstruction of South Spring Street; downtown revitalization efforts that she says spurred over two-million-dollars in private investments; the purchase and demolition of the former Lakeview Hospital to make way for a condominium development; spearheading improvements to the point of entry on the city’s south side with the construction of a new Kwik Trip; the construction and opening of a Holiday Inn Express hotel; and the development of new single-story and multi-family housing units.
Glewen also says she is the first Beaver Dam mayor to develop an energy independent community plan with a goal of being 25-percent energy independent in 2020. She says that will position the city well for cost savings and also for receiving grants, noting that Beaver Dam has secured a $260-thousand-dollar grant for a boiler replacement at City Hall.
Glewen says she is also continuing efforts to find ways to reuse or redevelop the old Boston Store and former ShopKo building and says there are “positive conversations in the works.”
In her next term, Glewen says her priorities would be new initiatives focusing on affordable and single-family housing; road improvements; park improvements, including the rejuvenation of Swan Park; continued research and action regarding regional Fire and EMS needs; working with area schools, Moraine Park Technical College and businesses to address future workforce needs; and implementing an effort to address poverty in the community.
Glewen says she grew up in Beaver Dam and hopes that she can continue working to make great things happen.
The spring election is on April 7, 2020. Two other candidates have announced intentions to run which would result in a February primary. Candidates can begin collecting signatures in December.