In 2013 Randy Hollenbeck ran for alderman in Cudahy’s third aldermanic district. During his campaign, Hollenbeck made a made a series of very specific promises to his future constituents. Six years later – as Ald. Hollenbeck vies for a third term in office – I thought it might be useful to take a few moments to review the promises Randy Hollenbeck made in 2013 to see if he’s truly a man of his word or just another politician who will say whatever it takes to get elected.
Here’s a list of the promises Randy Hollenbeck made in 2013 along with updates on whether Ald. Hollenbeck actually lived up to those promises:
- I will keep “the people” informed of what is going on in the city. I will come home after a Common Council meeting and let people know what was said and done! I will not post the private in closed session items, but the rest I will.
- I want to have an email list of District 3 constituents that would like to know what is going on and for me to ask them what they want me to do.
- I will call those that prefer that method and will of course post on my blog.
- I will on the major items the Common Council votes on if not given enough time to talk and get the wishes and direction of District 3 constituents as for the vote to be tabled until such time as I can how the District 3 constituents would like me to vote.
- I will push to get the Common Council televised and on the web!
- I will hold town hall meetings to have face to face time with the District 3 constituents.
- I plan on walking the district talking to people not just during election time.
- As Alderman for the 3rd District of Cudahy I will be pushing that Cudahy’s Economic Development Director Brian Biernat comes to one Common Council meeting a month and explain in meeting and during the open session what is going on.
This is absolutely 100% a broken promise. As far as I can tell Ald. Hollenbeck hasn’t blogged about Common Council meetings even once since he was elected to office. In fact, he’s largely been absent from social media since being elected despite being a very active blogger prior to being elected.
While my wife and I did get emails from Ald. Hollenbeck for a brief period following his election eventually we stopped getting emails from Ald. Hollenbeck. I’m not sure if Ald. Hollenbeck still sends out regular emails to his constituents, and if he does he’s not sending them to all his constituents who’ve requested them. This promise is mostly broken in my opinion.
Perhaps Ald. Hollenbeck is calling some constituents to provide updates, but I haven’t heard from anyone confirming he’s doing that. As I noted above Ald. Hollenbeck hasn’t posted anything on his blog in years, so this promise is at least half broken.
I can’t recall Ald. Hollenbeck ever asking for a vote to be tabled so he can consult his constituents on how to vote. Then again, I stopped getting emails from Ald. Hollenbeck, so it’s hard to tell what he’s been up to.
Cudahy’s Common Council meetings are still not televised or on the web consistently. While some meetings have been put on the web, Cudahy Ald. Justin Moralez has been the alderman responsible for posting those meetings to the web – Ald. Hollenbeck had noting to do with putting the meetings on the web. This is yet another broken promise.
Ald. Hollenbeck has not held any town hall meetings with his constituents since he was elected. This is absolutely a broken promise.
As far as I can tell this is a broken promise. The only time I’ve seen Randy Hollenbeck “walking the district” is when he marches (or more accurately is driven) in the city’s annual Fourth of July parade, which happens to run in part through Ald. Hollenbeck’s district. However I will note I doubt if Ald. Hollenbeck were “talking the district” he’d knock on my door to talk to my wife and I given the animosity he seems to have towards us.
From what I’ve been told Brian Biernat does not attend one Common Council meeting per month to explain “what is going on.” Ald. Hollenbeck may have pushed for Biernat to attend meetings but it certainly appears whatever pushing (if any) Ald. Hollenbeck did was unsuccessful.
If you’d like to read more about Cudahy Ald. Hollenbeck and his track record both before and after his election to office be sure to check out my archive on Blogging Blue