Cronce should get more time to give back

To the editor:

As a 10-year-old working in her father’s Main Street shoe store, Jeanne Cronce was taught that working together with others was essential to building a strong community.

Being a lifelong member of the community, Jeanne has excelled in doing her part to give back to the city of Shawano. After graduating from college, she came back to Shawano, where she taught for 25 years. Not shying away from a leadership opportunity, she then became a school principal for 12 years, during an era where women administrators were almost nonexistent.

Not only was she respected among educators, she also earned the respect of other community members who did not hesitate to elect her to other leadership positions — president of the Shawano Optimist Club, president of the St. James School Board, chairperson of the hospital board and, most recently, mayor of the city of Shawano.

Her “track record” proves she’s accomplished her goals in every leadership role she’s undertaken, including her first term as mayor. She’s worked to significantly improve the business climate in the city. Young entrepreneurs now see Shawano as a viable place to do business. A drive through our city will reveal many new startup businesses. Of course, a jewel of the new businesses coming to Shawano is Belmark Flexible Packaging Company, which intends to create 100 new jobs. It should be noted that their company chose Shawano over 12 other possible sites.

Businesses alone, though important, won’t keep and attract people to the Shawano community. A quality of life component is also necessary. Jeanne’s been instrumental in creating new recreational opportunities, maintaining our waterways and improving our parks.

The mayoral term of two years is not enough time to complete all of Jeanne’s goals, so I urge you to vote for her on April 3. My family and I are proud to be a part of the Shawano community, and are proud to have Jeanne Cronce as our mayor.

Ken Shingler,