McCormick selected new board trustee Print
Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:07

    It turned out to be a two-man race to replace Lisa Dohrwardt as trustee on the Fredonia Village Board.
    Rudolph McCormick was appointed the new trustee last Thursday after he edged out Joshua Haas in a 3-2 vote by the board. The two other candidates, Richard Abeggien and Daniel Paulus, did not receive a vote.
    “I’m really excited,” he said. “I think that it’s a great opportunity for me to get to know people in the community, serve the community and grow my leadership experience at the same time.”
      The 46-year-old from Watertown moved from Janesville to Fredonia last November when he was hired as a digital marketing and e-commerce manager at William K. Walthers in Milwaukee.
    McCormick spent 12 years in real estate development and was on Watertown’s plan commission for four years.
    McCormick believed his extensive networking background helped his cause.
    “That, and I think I was the only candidate with prior government board experience,” he said. “My knowledge of city government functions and knowledge of zoning and master planning, as well as budgeting.”
    Dohrwardt, who served since 2012 but stepped down last month because she moved to the Town of Fredonia, was the chairwoman of public works and was also on the economic development and park committees.
    McCormick will also be on all three committees.
    Village President Don Dohrwardt was impressed with each candidate and suggested the three others get their names on the ballot for the April election.
    “As I usually mention, a lot of us baby boomers would like to retire from this position, and it’s about time Gen Xers start running their own sandbox,” he said.