I was re-elected to the Madison City Council without opposition in the April 2013 election.
I am honored to represent the 18th District on the Council. Challenges have been many, but so have satisfactions when I accomplish something, such as working to gain approval of the UW Credit Union branch on Northport Drive.
I am a former reporter and editor for The Capital Times who was first elected to the Council in April 2011, with 60 percent of the vote.
I have focused on environmental issues, such as fighting to preserve a greenspace at 402 Troy Drive, where a 96,000-square-foot museum warehouse was proposed by the state Department of Administration. Faced with strong neighborhood and alder opposition to the site – which is next to Troy Gardens — the DOA is focusing on another site.
I put environmental testing of Warner Park in the 2012 city budget. I also helped facilitate purchase of land at the corner of Wheeler Road and Comanche Way by the Natural Heritage Land Trust, so that site could be added to the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park. That purchase prevents development next to a wetland.
I have worked toward economic development on the Northside, bringing young entrepreneurs to talk with representatives of the Northside Planning Council and the Northside Business Association. Alder Larry Palm and I successfully proposed a study of ways to revitalize the Northside TownCenter, as well as funding a brochure marketing the Northside. Additionally, I supported the FEED kitchen incubator that provides commercial kitchens for use by people starting food-related businesses.
Alder Satya Rhodes-Conway and I worked together to bring Ride the Drive to the Northside.
I also have worked with a committee of neighborhood residents to plan a 5th of July Independence Day celebration at Warner Park, starting with a parade on Sherman Avenue at 9 a.m. and including ceremonies, music, food and activities for all ages.
When a young man was murdered on Troy Drive near Vera Court in 2011, I worked with the Vera Court Neighborhood Center and local police to call neighborhood meetings and organize neighborhood walks to bring the community together to stand against crime. Police Chief Noble Wray agreed to add a neighborhood police officer to the area, and we obtained better lighting on the street where the shooting occurred.
I am working hard to represent the Northside well. If you have suggestions or concerns, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to become involved in my campaign, please e-mail me at email@example.com or call (608) 320-5820. Contributions can be sent to Friends of Anita Weier at 22 Golf Course Road, Madison, 53704.
Click here to see the video of the NPC 18th District Aldermanic Debate held on Feb. 23, 2011.
Paid for by Friends of Anita Weier; Belinda Genda treasurer