The Common Council has a vacancy in District 7. Following state law, the Council will interview candidates on Tuesday and choose a person to serve until an election can be held in April. May 11 was the deadline for applications to fill the vacancy.
Two residents of District 7 applied: Pamela Ploor and Kathleen Schneider. Both have impressive credentials, and both have resided in Mequon since 1998.
Dr. Schneider resides at 10424 North Country Club Drive (Wey Acres) and practices medicine with Vistas Innovative Hospice Care. She is a graduate of University Wisconsin – Eau Claire and the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. She has two children and is a long time volunteer for literacy programs.
Ms. Ploor resides at 10305 North Provence Court (Lac du Cours) and is partner with the law firm of Quarles & Brady. She is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School. She practices management-side employment law. She has two children and provides pro bono legal services.
Neither candidate has, from what I can tell, volunteered for a city board, commission or committee. Of course, serving on such a body is not a prerequisite for serving on the Council.
On paper, both appear to be excellent candidates. We will learn a great deal from their interviews. However, if you have information about either that you believe might be pertinent, please let an alderman know.