City of Fitchburg

Three people have applied for the city’s open District 3 alder seat.

They are Patrick Cheney, Parks Commission member; Sam Voorhees, who worked in a variety of political and union roles for five years before joining a marketing firm; and Shannon Strassman, an emergency room technician at St. Mary’s Hospital.

July 5 was the deadline to submit applications to succeed Dan Carpenter, who moved into District 2 in May. The Common Council plans to interview the candidates July 24.

Cheney submitted a list of his Fitchburg government interests and connections in his application to the city, noting that he’s been a resident for more than 20 years, has been the president of the East Fitchburg Neighborhood Association and attended every Parks meeting for 15 years before he was appointed in 2017.

Voorhees submitted a resume, and he also wrote a letter to the Star this month explaining his interest. The Quarry Hill resident wrote that he hopes to accommodate the many people interested in moving to Fitchburg, while keeping the integrity of its many existing close-knit neighborhoods.

Strassman’s resume, as provided by the city clerk, shows experience as a deposition clerk for a law firm in Chicago before she switched to a healthcare career in 2008. She is an Edgewood High School and Madison College graduate.

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