WHO WE ARE ...
Perhaps the best description of who and what the We Are Somerset community is about is the impression of a local reporter covering our first pubic meeting ...
"SOMERSET -- Rivertown News -- Sept. 17, 2019
The perception that rampant cronyism has usurped fair and honest governing by the village trustees apparently frustrates a growing number of residents in Somerset. Following a heated confrontation Aug. 20, 2019 with the Village Board over an ordinance to prevent tubers on the Apple River from exiting the river at Village Park, angry residents regrouped and formed a grassroots organization whose first goal is to recall and unseat half the village’s trustees ..."
We Are Somerset group to challenge board incumbents in wake of controversial tubing business decision
Written By: Tom Lindfors | Sep 17th 2019 - 1pm.
On Tuesday evening, Sept. 10, 2019, We Are Somerset held its inaugural meeting at Steve Kaufman’s River’s Edge Event Center. Roughly 150 people attended the meeting to consider a mission statement, listen to recall candidates to speak and participate in an open forum in which community members were invited to share their views and concerns. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia
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IN THEIR OWN WORDS ...
First year a Challlenge ...
“Never thought in my first year our tubing business would be at risk. But it’s happened," he said. "But I think it’s about more than tubing to me at this point because I’ve gotten friend requests from people I’ve yet to meet and phone calls saying, ‘Steve we’ve got your back.’ I’m just humbled by that.
Kaufman offered his idea for the group’s mission statement: “Our mission is to strengthen the community by focusing on excellence in our local government as well as economic development and growth. Our vision is to create a positive and healthy culture for our schools, businesses and community.”
wish my mom & dad could be here ...
An emotional Billy Raleigh, grandson of River's Edge Apple River Campground and restaurant founders Alice and Jack Raleigh, talked about the support and encouragement he has received.
“Out of the hundreds of conversations I’ve had with people, three words have stuck with me: it’s about time. It’s about time the city demanded change, change for the better," he said. “What we’re here to do today is not raise pitchforks and torches. It’s really to have a good conversation, a conversation that is free from bullying and free from intimidation, a conversation that isn’t driven by special interest groups behind closed doors making decisions.”
We're here to unite our community ...
"We Are Somerset is here to unite our community, not just at the village level, but also the town level and the school board level. This group will do right by families in need and collaborate with all civic organizations.”
“It’s going to start with recalling three of the current board members that are eligible for recall, Kim Putz, Bartt Palmer and James Chandler.”
Of the 1,887 members as of Sept. 16, according to Kappers, 815 are Somerset residents, 289 reside in New Richmond and the balance reside in surrounding communities.