I endorse Greendale Village President John Hermes in this Tuesday’s special election to replace Jeff Stone in the 82nd Assembly District. From JSONLINE:

Hermes, 56, running as a Democrat, has served as Greendale village president for eight years and was a village trustee for another nine years. Hermes also serves on the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District commission and is vice president of Aerotropolis, a business advocacy group focused on Mitchell International Airport. Hermes is a retired air traffic controller.

He would work to restore civility to government and apply his management skills to solving state problems, Hermes said.

“People are fed up with the public divide,” he said. “We are governing from the political extremes and not getting things done.”

Hermes said local government — including school districts and municipalities — need greater flexibility to grow and excel. Property tax levy limits, which now restrict annual increases to the rate of property growth in a community, are too tight, he said.

And state shared revenue has wilted. The two trends have severely pinched local governments’ ability to function well, Hermes said.

“We need to get back to the day where we are investing in our communities,” he said.

Hermes opposes any expansion of the state’s school voucher program and said the program of taxpayer support for private schools robbed funding for public schools.

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