FREEPORT (WIFR) – Below is a letter of endorsement for Kathy Knodle from Craig S. Joesten, former Finance Director of City of Freeport:
For over a decade Freeport has endured challenges that have resulted in significant job loss, declining property values and decaying infrastructure. During this time our past & present City leadership has asserted they have the political acumen and abilities to lead, govern and move our City forward.
Merriam Webster defines leadership as the capacity to lead by providing direction or guidance. Nowhere does it state you must be a politician or politically connected.
This upcoming election is critical to the future of our community. I believe it provides the opportunity to start fresh and re-energize our City. We need a leader who truly understands the complexity of the challenge, has those demonstrated qualities that will enable them to assemble a first class team and will establish the proper environment that will unleash that creative talent to help navigate these troubled waters.
I believe Kathy Knodle is the top candidate to do this and provides the best opportunity to get our community back on the path to prosperity. During discussions we have had she has demonstrated a clear understanding of the problems, appreciates and supports the need for a combined effort and realizes a true sense of urgency.
This is why I am endorsing Kathy Knodle for Mayor of Freeport and ask that you support her candidacy on Election Day.
Craig S. Joesten MBA, CPCU
Past Finance Director
City of Freeport