SUSSEX — Three candidates, including the incumbents and a recent retiree of the local fire department, are pursuing the two trustee positions up for grabs this spring on the Sussex Village Board. Matt Carran and Lee Uecker are seeking re-election this spring.
Greg Zoellick, who recently retired from the Sussex Fire Department as a deputy chief and fire inspector, is challenging the incumbents. Carran If elected to another term, Carran said he would continue to strive toward hearing all viewpoints and not letting a personal agenda interfere with making a decision. “I am a proponent of common sense,” Carran said. “I will continue to work hard to bring all people, neighborhoods, businesses and government together to make a positive impact in peoples’ lives.”
In the road ahead, Carran said he believes Sussex’s main priority is to maintain the village’s small-town attributes and balance them with economic growth.
Maintaining low taxes, he said, is another priority on his list. Local service and professional experience are qualities Carran said he brings to the Village Board. “My 18 years as a Sussex resident brings a historical perspective,” Carran said. “My degree in urban economics, with a master’s degree in urban planning, provide an educational background, and my involvement in regional initiatives bring a broad view of how Sussex fits into the region.”
Uecker Uecker said he is seeking another term in office because he enjoys serving the residents of the community and aims to continue a residents- first mentality. “I feel that it is important to make sure that elected officials listen to the residents, answer their questions and address their concerns,” Uecker said.
“I think that some elected officials forget who they work for.” Moving forward, Uecker said he believes it is important to keep the village’s taxes and fees low to maintain quality of life and give the municipality the ability to remain competitive with surrounding communities.
Uecker said he describes himself as a “fiscal conservative” and brings to the table “traditional values and ethics.” “I ask questions such as, ‘Why are we spending the taxpayers’ money on this?’” Uecker said. “I attend committee meetings to get a better understanding of what is happening in Sussex. It is important to be informed before a decision is made.”
Zoellick Zoellick, a newcomer to the local election arena, described his decision to run for a board seat as “a civic call of duty to run.” “This provides me with the opportunity to make positive impacts on controlled managed growth, deliver costeffective quality of services to residents and businesses and strengthen our relationship with our surrounding communities,” Zoellick said.
In the years ahead, Zoellick said he is concerned with the amount of debt the village is shouldering, in addition to other facets of the budget, including a contingency fund of about $4 million. Continuing that course, he said, could result in increasing taxes and fees.
Zoellick said his expertise in municipal government — as an employee and interested resident — has given him an awareness of operations inside Village Hall. “I care about local neighborhoods, businesses, civic organizations and surrounding communities,” Zoellick said. “I am a big believer of quality assurance by meeting and exceeding the expectations of the Sussex community.”