STEVENS POINT – Rising taxes, affordable housing, and bike lanes and roads are among the key issues for the District 5 City Council candidates in the spring general election. District 5 incumbent Meleesa Johnson ’00 (Environmental Policy & Planning) will face challenger Marla Schultz and registered write-in challenger Tyler Paterick in the April 6 general election. Johnson, the City Council president, is seeking her fourth term in office. The race will appear on ballots alongside the race for state superintendent of public instruction.
Occupation and education: Marathon County Solid Waste Department Director and bachelor of science in environmental policy and planning from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Relevant experience: Led the effort to convert a vacant lot to Emerson Park, a place for neighbors to gather and children to play.
Spearheading the work to tackle housing affordability, housing availability and housing equity with a new housing taskforce.