MARINETTE — Chuck Rowell is running for the Ward 7 post on the Marinette City Council in the April 4 election. Rowell has lived in the city since 2007, and has been on the Marinette School Board for 10n years.
“I am running for alderman of Ward 7 to be the voice of the people in my ward,” he said. “In the last few years I have felt that decisions that affect the community were being made without the input of the community. If elected alderman, I plan to change that. The voters of Ward 7 need to be heard and their needs must be represented at City Hall.”
The Marinette School Board is a nonpartisan and unpaid position. The City Council and County Board are also nonpartisan but are part-time paid positions. Some of the major initiatives Rowell said he championed on the School Board included upgrades in school safety, facilities and technology. He also said he worked with the city to get 15 mph school signs installed at the middle and high schools.
“In the years before the COVID pandemic, I supported adding 1:1 technology for all students, the first district in the area to do so,” he said. “That decision served us well as we needed to swiftly transition to online learning, but even more importantly, this is crucial to serve our students in the today’s digital age.
“During all these efforts, I asked many questions to make sure there was transparency and accountability for the decisions to be voted on. I will speak up when it is not in the best interests of the students or the school district, I plan to do the same as an alderman for my ward.”
Rowell said his work in finance for a local company serves me well as a school board member. “Financial decisions are some of the most important decisions we make to assure we are serving our community’s taxpayers,” he said.
Rowell pointed to his work and volunteer activities as helping him stay connected to community priorities. “As an active community volunteer, I dedicated time to local theater groups to build sets and serve in leadership roles. I helped with the first Ice Fishing Derby in 2021.”
Rowell and his wife have two children — one is a recent graduate from Marinette High School and the other is a junior. His wife teaches at the school. He said he would be happy to have a personal visit with voters in Ward 7 to discuss issues/concerns they may have with the city. People can find him on Facebook; search for Rowell for Ward 7.
Editor’s Note: Candidates are allowed one article to announce their candidacy and present their platform.