By Tim Kowols
Some of the candidates running for the Sturgeon Bay Common Council would be in favor of the city creating an ethics committee. In a DoorCountyDailyNews.com opinion poll, 74 percent of respondents would be in favor of an ethics committee to review potential conflicts of interest in elected and appointed positions in city government.
Laurel Hauser, a candidate for District 7, says she is in favor of creating the committee so alderpersons can have a check and balance for particular votes.
David Ward, seeking re-election to his seat representing District 3, is not in favor of creating a committee but would rather see council members and appointees fill out full disclosure forms similar to ones he filled out when he was a high-level state employee.
Write-in District 5 candidate Barbara Allman says an ethics committee would be a good resource to have during meetings.
Allman’s opponent in District 5, Brian Peterson, was unable to speak with DoorCountyDailyNews.com this past week. First District candidates Danny Wiegand and Kelly Catarozoli, Third District candidate Martha Scully-Beller, and Seventh District candidate Joe McMahon did not respond to requests to set up an interview.