Nicholas McVey For The Community
I am running for 5th District Alderman.
For years I have yearned to accomplish change; not only for self and family, but for something that could make a real difference in the grand scheme of things. I had to start somewhere; that start was joining the Wisconsin Army National Guard (157 HHC MEB); where I served my community for 6 years. After gaining not only patience and life experience from the Guard; I really began to understand the meaning of compassion, understanding, and emotional intelligence.
I have grown and matured most of my life in the 5th District of Milwaukee. I attended elementary schools at 81st St. School, 95th St. school, Wilbur Wright (that was the name of the school; when I attended middle school), and Milwaukee School Of Languages (MSL). My first job was at Champion Chicken located on Lisbon Avenue, when I was just 14 years old. Growing up my family did not have a lot of money, but we scraped by still having a happy childhood in those good old days of knowing it was time to go home when the street lights came on.
Currently my wife and I are raising our 2 beautiful children on Appleton Avenue. I am very passionate about my current career as an Engineering Test Lab Technician at one of the top Engineering companies in the world. I have experienced the same comment countless times over the past couple of years; “Why don’t you just move somewhere safer?” Like most people that live in our District, which consists of mostly families, either families can’t move because of financial reasons or won’t move because this is our home and there should be no reason to succumb to the very apparent violence and other issues that are plaguing our way of life. We (My family and concerned neighbors) have; over the past couple years have been consistently reaching out to Milwaukee Police Department time and time again with grave concerns that include shootings, narcotics trafficking, even witnessing human abduction/trafficking first hand; Hearing close range gun battles to the point where my wife and I are literally using our bodies as armor for our children in anticipation of stray bullets piercing our the walls of our home. We (My family and neighbors) recently were able to make a detrimental change in our community at a Common Council licensing committee hearing; with the help of former 5th District Alderman Jim Bohl, we were able to achieve a license non-renewal of a local business that was plaguing our area with drugs and violence. This triumph revitalized the notion that if the community banded together there was no challenge that we could not overcome.
These are the very reasons that I am running for 5th District Alderman. I am just a normal productive member of our community that has seen and experienced, that together we can make any change for the positive.