What to know about Cudahy mayor candidates in the April 5 election – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Cudahy Mayor Thomas Pavlic is facing Justin Moralez, a former city alderman, in the spring election for a chance to lead Cudahy for the next three years.
The mayoral term length is three years, but the the position is now part-time.
Before the April 5 election, Now News Group sent each candidate three questions on topics of interest in the city. Responses were limited to 100 words, and subject to editing for length and clarity if needed.
Thomas Pavlic: Since taking office in 2019, under my leadership, we have upgraded our computer systems, phone systems, and audio/video systems within our conference rooms and updated both our website and newsletter. We are aware that we still have room to improve on our communications with residents. Casey Griffiths and Kelly Sobieski are finalizing a role that includes a part-time communication specialist who will be responsible for our newsletters, website, and social media channels. This was included as part of our 2022 budget process. Casey has taken on the task of making our council meetings available via web conferencing technology.
Justin Moralez: Enhanced communication is a pillar of my platform and an absolute necessity for the city. I am proposing high quality meeting recordings, meeting recaps and follow up, improved email registration and announcements, a monthly digital newsletter, better social media management, an upgraded website with online permitting, and reliable access to information and operation updates. This campaign has already pushed some of these initiatives forward, with recent updates that have gone neglected for months and increased social media activity from the city. Cudahy deserves a mayor who will work hard for them for three years.
Pavlic: I am 100% committed to putting in whatever time is required as your part-time Mayor. Since I do not plan on taking on a full-time job after the position of mayor transitions to part-time, I know I will have the flexibility to adapt my schedule to the workings of city hall. My focus will be on retaining businesses, bringing in new development, and continuing to investigate shared services that result in a better service at a lower cost.
Moralez: As someone who intends to raise a family here for the decades to come, I am deeply invested in the future. While the role is technically shifting to a part-time position, I will continue to give it the full-time effort it requires. This commitment will be essential to increasing investment in business development, revitalizing Packard Avenue, leveraging opportunities and building partnerships, and establishing better oversight and implementation of established strategic plans. 
Editor’s note: Cudahy “rebranded” in 2019, and as part of that work contracted Rinka, a Milwaukee-based architectural firm, to create a plan to improve the city center.
Pavlic: In 2019, as Executive Director of the CDA, I lead the “GCCP – Gateway and City Center Plan” plan to link Interstate 794 to our downtown. This plan was incorporated into our revised 2050 Comprehensive Plan. Finally, TID 1 was closed one year early so that we could create a new TID 5 and begin marketing our “GCCP” plan to prospective developers. The CDA is finalizing an agreement with a developer to bring in a medical facility on Layton and two developers are bringing plans for market rate, residential developments on the corner of Layton and Packard and the former Iceport parcel on Barnard Avenue.
Moralez: Cudahy has a bright future. However, we haven’t achieved our potential yet because the city has been lacking someone to assertively advocate, manage, and promote these comprehensive plans. We will not reach our goals as a city without broad cooperation from the members of the community.  Which harkens back to the importance of communication and a full-time effort from leadership. As the city invests and strategizes to draw businesses and new residents into the community to support them, I believe my extensive municipal experience and communication expertise best serves both the legacy residents and those they city hopes to attract.
AGE: 61
ADDRESS: 6015 Summer Winds Ct.
PREVIOUS ELECTED EXPERIENCE: Mayor – 2019 to present, Alderman 5th District – 2007 to 2010, Cudahy School Board – 1995 to 2007
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Cudahy Family Library Board – 2007 to 2019, Cudahy Kiwanis, Cudahy Girls Little League Coach
CONTACT INFO:thomas.r.pavlic@gmail.com
AGE: 38
ADDRESS: 4805 S. Packard Ave. Cudahy WI 53110
PREVIOUS ELECTED EXPERIENCE: 1st District Alderman & Common Council President (2013-2021)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of Rules, Laws & Licensing, Chairman of Traffic and Safety, Vice President of the Library Board, and sitting member of the Plan Commission and Personnel Committee.
CONTACT INFO: 414-988- 0086 – www.trustinjustin.org 
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