Skip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
And then there were two; Montey and Santiago vie for 4th District Racine City Council seat
0 Comments
Racine City Council

And then there were two; Montey and Santiago vie for 4th District Racine City Council seat

  • 0
{{featured_button_text}}

RACINE — The contest for Racine’s 4th Aldermanic District has gone from five candidates down to two — retired electrician and contractor Dennis Montey and contractor Edwin Santiago.

The 4th District seat has been vacant since Alderman Tracey Larrin resigned in November, citing health issues and a new job which conflicts with city meetings. Initially there were five candidates, but William Leverson was removed from the ballot after his nomination papers were contested and the challenge was sustained.

Out of the four on the Feb. 18 primary ballot, Montey and Santiago were the top two finishers. Montey finished with 96 votes, followed closely by Santiago with 90.

Montey has run for public office before. Santiago is a political newcomer. They will face off on April 7.

The 4th District is located just north of Downtown and is roughly bordered by the Root River, Lake Michigan, English Street, Charles Street, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Marquette Street.

City Council seats are two-year positions and have an annual salary of $6,899.88.

What motivated you to run for public office?

Montey: I have always felt a need to give back to the community and I have lived a life of service to others. Our city is at a tipping point. Debt has continually escalated. Spending has increased at an astronomical rate. The City Council is comprised of a super majority representing the mayor’s party. Any fair legislative body must contain those of differing opinions so that decisions can be made representing all residents.

Santiago: I had never imagined myself as a politician. However, when facing situations such as the Machinery Row controversy, being ranked as the second worst city in the country for African Americans, and having lived in District 4 for over seven years witnessing the hardships of my friends and neighbors, I made the choice to step up and be a leader for my community. People are fed up with politicians that are lazy, corrupt, immoral and connected to political dynasties. We need average citizens with more diverse perspectives to represent our diverse city. I’m running because in a city that is comprised of over 25% Latinx people, we have had only one Latino council member in Racine’s 164-year history. I’m running because I love to help people. I am running so that my children can say their dad did everything possible to improve their quality of life.

What do you see as the primary issues facing the city at this time and how would you approach those issues as alderman?

Montey: Skyrocketing debt and taxes/fees, lack of employment, decaying housing stock and our youth who have difficulty finding any future here.

Santiago: Although there are many issues plaguing our city at the moment, I believe the most crucial issue is a human one. The fact that our city has been named the second worst city in the country for African Americans should be a call to action. The quality of life for our citizens should be our top priority and the city must take action to correct this. The only way I see to remedy the situation is by working directly with the public. The city must foster better relations between the African American community and law enforcement. As an alderman, I intend to work with Police Chief Howell as a liaison to the community. I would work with the community to organize youth programs and search high and low for funds. I believe we can make strides as a community if we get organized and look out for our own.

The city entered the 2020 budget process with a $5 million deficit. What do you think about the way the City Council decided to address the deficit? Given its limited resources, what do you think should be prioritized in the city’s budget?

Montey: Current aldermen have forfeited their responsibility to create and edit the budget. Administration has determined the priorities and increases with little or no discussion, the budget was rubber stamped. This must change. An austerity plan should be put into place, cutting wherever possible. The first reaction should not be further cuts in services.

Santiago: The reality is that when facing a $5 million deficit, the money is going to have to come from the citizens. No one likes to spend more money, and it is especially frustrating when the reasons we’re in a deficit are no fault of any one constituent, but rather the poor management of our local government. The city has chosen to cover costs by increasing various types of permits and fees, as well as the new landlord program.

Being a landlord myself, I have to say I’m not particularly crazy about all of the details of the the program, and the increased fees/permits. But I do understand the reasons for them. Although funds are limited, we must continue to improve the infrastructure and overall aesthetic of the city. I believe that if we work to become a city known for being “easy to do business with” and advertise ourselves as “tiny house friendly,” in conjunction with the “smart city label,” we may be able to attract young professionals to the area, fill vacant parcels, and expand the tax base. This will take time, but we’ve got o start thinking outside of the box.

Things to do in and around Racine County

Listing
  • 0

YORKVILLE — The 99th annual Racine County Fair will be held Wednesday through Sunday, July 28-Aug. 1, at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 …

  • 0

MOUNT PLEASANT — The 42nd annual Roma Lodge Italian Festival is back after taking one year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s festi…

  • 0

RACINE — Virtual auditions for “Signature Spotlight: Salute to America” are open though Friday, July 30, for the Racine Theatre Guild’s upcomi…

  • 0

RACINE — The Animal Crackers Concert Series returns this year to the Racine Zoo Kiwanis amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.…

  • 0

Hear ye, hear ye! The Renaissance Faire is now in session.

Listing
  • 0

RACINE — The Pro Watercross National Tour returns to North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25.

  • 0

RACINE — The Racine Concert Band continues its 99th year of concerts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25, with a free performance at the Racine Zoo K…

alert
  • 0

This year's lineups for Music on the Monument on Fridays and Saturday Sounds on the Square have been announced. The concerts are free and open to the public. All concerts are from 4:30-7 p.m. 

  • 0

RACINE — The Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., is offering these breakfast and dinner events:

  • 0

WATERFORD — What better way to enjoy the front end of a summer weekend than by sitting along the banks of the Fox River listening to live music.

  • 0

RACINE — The Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St., will feature a new exhibit called "Alien Invasion: (Un)Familiar Forms in Contemporary Art" July …

  • 0

RACINE — Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services will host the Hot Summer Nights concert series this summer on the grounds of Dr. Marti…

  • 0

KENOSHA — The Twilight Jazz Summer Concert Series returns for its 18th year on the Anderson Arts Center grounds, 6603 Third Ave., with five ja…

  • 0

WATERFORD — The Village of Waterford will host a Movies in the Park series at Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St.

  • 0

KENOSHA — The Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave., has new exhibitions that include modern surrealism by Patricia Melekus, stoneware by Meli…

  • 0

RACINE — The City of Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department announced that North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., is now open. Life…

  • 0

RACINE — The Racine Heritage Museum's Heritage Walking Tour will return this summer.

  • 0

KENOSHA — The Kenosha ArtMarket will be back in the Union Park Arts District from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every third Sunday. Area artists will be s…

  • 0

RACINE — The Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St., is opening a new exhibit called "Get a Bead On: Jewelry and Small Objects" featuring contemporar…

  • 0

RACINE — In response to the global pandemic, the Racine Art Museum's annual art benefit was presented entirely online in 2020. Now, the museum…

  • 0

KENOSHA — The final Pike River Benefit Concert of 2021 will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Ar…

  • 0

CALEDONIA — The Caledonia Historical Village at Five Mile Road and Highway 38 is offering tours of the buildings and grounds from noon to 4 p.…

  • 0

RACINE — Thirty-five people gathered for cookies and champagne when Lemberg Electric provided services for the newest Quilts on Barns installa…

  • 0

RACINE — Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (PRCS) will offer a free drop-in playground program for youth ages 7-14 from 10 a.m. t…

  • 0

BURLINGTON — The Browns Lake Aquaducks present free professional style water-ski shows that include music, ski dancing, ski jumping, barefoot …

  • 0

KENOSHA — The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is performing its 98th season of summer concerts at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell in Pennoyer Park, …

alert
  • 0

RACINE — The SC Johnson Community Aquatic Center is now open at Pritchard Park, 2800 Ohio St. The center’s regular schedule begins on Wednesda…

  • 0

CALEDONIA — River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, offers daily canoe and kayak rental services for people to paddle on the Root River.

  • 0

RACINE — The Root River Environmental Education Community Center, 1301 Sixth St., will be open for public kayak and canoe rentals from 10 a.m.…

  • 0

RACINE — Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, a campus of the Racine Art Museum at 2519 Northwestern Ave., continues a significant tradition with the o…

Listing
  • 0

HIGHWAY 11 OUTDOOR MARKET

  • 0

KENOSHA — The Kenosha Community Sailing Center's seasonal kayak and standup paddle board rental operation is under way.

topical alert
  • 0

Now entering its fourth year in operation, the Burlington Community Aquatic Center opens May 29 for a summer season that officials hope will mark a return to normal crowds of swimmers enjoying the public water park and recreational center. With capacity limits imposed last year to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, attendance was down dramatically, from 39,329 people to 27,732 throughout the season.

  • 0

RACINE — Discounted tickets for popular summer attractions are now available from the City of Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (…

  • 0

RACINE — The Downtown Racine Corp. has unveiled its 20th annual public art project featuring 25 decorated bistro table and chairs sets display…

  • 0

RACINE — “Component Parts: Artworks Made of Multiple Elements” will be on exhibit June 2 to Feb. 12 at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St. The…

  • 0

RACINE — The Racine Art Museum (RAM) announced that it has recently acquired a multiple-piece archive of works by the contemporary American ce…

  • 0

The Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum will reopen starting Thursday for members, and on Thursday, May 13, for the general public.

  • 0

SOMERS — The University of Wisconsin-Parkside announces the 27th presentation of the “Parkside National Print Exhibition.”

  • 0

MILWAUKEE — Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance has announced the highly anticipated lineup of headliners for the 2021 festival.…

  • 0

NORTH FREEDOM — The familiar call of “all aboard” will soon be heard again at Mid Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Road, following a 17-…

  • 0

MILWAUKEE — As a part of the Harley-Davidson Museum’s phased reopening, the museum will soon expand its hours of operation. Beginning Thursday…

  • 0

MILWAUKEE — After over a year of closure due to COVID-19 and a necessary electrical project to rewire the entire home, the Pabst Mansion, 2000…

  • 0

SOMERS — Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, in partnership with the Kenosha Public Library, has opened its third StoryWalk trail.

  • 0

MILWAUKEE — With a new exhibit and new ways to explore — including the all-new annual pass — the Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., is …

  • 0

CALEDONIA — The first book of the year is now on display on the Story Trail at River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road.

  • 0

RACINE — “The Art of the Cup: Variations on Cups from RAM’s Collection” will continue through Aug. 7 at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St.

  • 0

It can seem like Kenosha's Civil War Museum captures an earlier time that's not relevant to today. 

  • 0

RACINE — In response to the current impact of the global pandemic in Wisconsin, the Racine Art Museum (RAM) has extended the run of three ongo…

  • 0

RACINE — Downtown Racine Corp. is offering a socially distanced, self-guided historic tour of Downtown Racine with a web-based, mobile-friendl…

  • 0

RACINE — Over the last 20 years, the Racine Art Museum (RAM), 441 Main St., has built one of the largest public collections of contemporary ar…

0 Comments
0
0
0
0
0

Get Government & Politics updates in your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Reporter

Christina Lieffring covers the City of Racine and the City of Burlington and is a not-bad photographer. In her spare time she tries to keep her plants and guinea pigs alive and happy.

Related to this story

Election logo 2020

Election logo 2020

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alert

Breaking News