Caledonia resident Patrick Flynn today announced a write-in candidacy for Village Board of Trustee Seat 1.
“After watching the Caledonia Village Board’s interaction with the community over the last few months, I felt I could have a significant impact by becoming a member of the board” said Flynn. “I decided to run because I think we are headed down the wrong path. We need to limit our commercial and residential growth to maintain the quality of life that so many residents currently enjoy. We need to be more self-sustainable and help make sure our community continues to be a great place to live and raise a family.”
Flynn has been involved in franchise development for most of his career, helping hundreds start their own businesses. He is also the owner of AD-vantage Promotions, which provides custom corporate apparel, and franchise consulting services.
Since becoming a village, Caledonia’s elected officials have been focused on developing commercial growth in the community, Flynn says, adding that he wants to be a part of insuring that the village maintains an adequate balance of growth and development along with a high quality of life.
“We need to look at alternative ways to make our community more self-sustainable. The days of large commercial developments are gone. If we continue to focus on that, we are headed down the wrong path. We need less government, less overhead, and more self-sustainable efforts to make sure that our community can live within its own means. Families won’t be able to afford to live here if we don’t make efforts to lower property taxes,” Flynn said.
Flynn wants to preserve Caledonia's rural setting for future generations. “We live along the Root River in a very country-like setting. I would hate this to be destroyed by excessive commercial and residential development. There are numerous areas in Caledonia we need to preserve and protect and I do not believe our current board has that same vision.”
“I have a very difficult task ahead of me. No one has ever won an election as a “write-in” candidate. But if I can get the current board to change their way of thinking, just a little bit, then the effort is worth it, win or lose.” he said.
Flynn is a member of Young Professionals of Racine, St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Franchise Brokers Association. He and his wife, Mindy, have two children Katelyn 15, Collin 11.
Flynn is running against Kathy Burton.