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Madison City Council Candidates Tout Their Credentials

MADISON - A crowd of over 50 came to the Madison City Auditorium Monday night to hear from their potential elected representatives. The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a political forum Monday. Among the candidate races spotlighted was the race for Madison City Council. Candidate Brett Freudenberg said he wants to focus on bringing the community together.

Freudenberg: "We need to work together. We need to compromise on things and come together. That way we can make Madison a better place to live and grow our kids."

Incumbent Robert Jurgens noted the large attendance Monday as a sign that Madison's headed in the right direction.

Jurgens: "I think this is a clear statement of where this town is headed and how much more involvement we're getting, which is huge."

Paul Kellen said he wants to focus on bringing more people to Madison.

Kellen: "Housing seems to be one of our biggest things. Sometimes we talk about business, but bringing all the business to town isn't going to do us any good if we don't have the housing for the people to stay in town and do business in town."

Alvin Schroeder said he wants an open line of communication between the city council and its residents.

Schroeder: "I believe that government should be open and not all done in secret with executive sessions. They should follow the laws."

A fifth candidate, Tim Kruid, did not attend Monday's forum. Attendees also heard from candidates for Madison Mayor, Madison School Board, Madison County Commissioner and Madison County Public Defender.

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