Support from community inspires new councilman
He enjoyed the campaign trail, every bit of it, in fact. Newly elected Verona Town Councilman Fred "Fritz" Scherz said the whole experience was a positive experience.
This was Scherz's first time running for public office, but it didn't take long for his campaign to take full speed in Verona. "A lot of people know me from my band but I had even more people get to know me through this experience," Scherz said.
Although he already had a good sense of community, he said going "door-to-door" to meet constituents allowed him "to meet new faces" and hear from the town he lives in.
"I told people to keep my contact information if I was elected," Scherz said. "I want them to call me or contact me with any concerns or dies they might have."
A few issues Scherz wants to tackle when he takes his council seat are to improve communication with town residents and make government information as accessible as possible.
Scherz said he would like to see town meeting minutes online as soon as they are approved. "Just because people don't attend, it doesn't mean they don't care," Scherz said. "People are caring for a sick family member, working or home with their kids."
While Scherz said he knows "not everyone has a computer at home or internet," he said community members could access meeting minutes at the library or at a friend's house.
Scherz said he "believes Verona is good financial shape," so he would like to see the town continue to spend realistically and wisely.
"I am very blessed to have friends that supported me the way they did," Scherz said.
He was thankful for all the letters sent to news publications and the encouraging phone calls he received.
In particular, Scherz said he was "shocked" when he saw the election display in his support at the 31 Express Deli/Grocery in Verona. The store is owned by Steve and Barb Allen.
"It's a humbling and flattering experience to have support like that," Scherz said. "I don't want to let them down."
As a councilman Scherz said his main focus on being engaging with community members and listening to what matters to them.