Please introduce yourself
Hello, I’m Trevor Jung, Alderman of the City of Racine’s 9th Aldermanic District representing portions of the West Racine neighborhood on the Common Council.
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Krasnodar, Russia and at the age of 2 was adopted from an orphanage by a fourth generation Racinian and small business owner. Every day I reflect on how fortunate I am to have been saved from a potential life of poverty and lack of opportunity halfway across the world. I am incredibly grateful for my father for taking that journey and raising me in this special community.
How did your life’s journey bring you (or keep you) to (in) Racine?
I have always had a sense of commitment to give back to Racine. After attending Racine Unified Schools, I went off to earn my degree in Urban Studies and Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee for the purpose of coming home to make a difference. Racine has all the necessary characteristics to create unparalleled growth and success. We are centrally located between Milwaukee and Chicago with a historic downtown. We have an award-winning freshwater beach, notable architecture and a diverse population that calls Racine home. The Racine Art Museum has one of the largest collections of craft art in the western hemisphere and Racine is the “Kringle Capital of America.” And finally, we have a pioneering history of social justice and innovation being a critical stop in the Underground Railroad and earning more patents per capita than any other city in the nation during the period of industrialization.
I owe everything to this community and I see the potential to put these puzzle pieces together to take on the serious challenges we face.
What do you like best about Racine?
This is the toughest question that could be asked considering the multitude of amazing attributes this community possesses.
I would argue the energy and drive of the people in this community to make it a better place for everyone is what I most appreciate. I have met leaders from nonprofit organizations, labor unions, neighborhood groups, local government and the business community who are committed to enhancing the quality of life for their family, friends and neighbors in Racine. I have been humbled listening and learning to residents from all walks of life who deeply care about the future and who consider their positive impact on this community their calling.
Please give some examples of how your work has made a positive impact on the community.
I am proud to have always worked with amazing teams in every endeavor I have pursued to positively impact Racine’s future. I am grateful for those I’ve worked with on initiatives such as engaging with local businesses on neighborhood improvements, promoting solar energy in City Hall or advocating across municipal boundaries to enhance transit service for those who need improved access to suburbanized employment.
Through getting my hands dirty by lining a commercial district corridor with potted plants or developing public policy that prioritizes expanding economic opportunity in the region, I am proud of the impact I’ve made in partnership with my fellow Racinians.
What’s the least understood aspect about what you do?
Being an alderman isn’t just about attending Common Council and committee meetings at City Hall. The duties call for being responsive and connected to constituents who look to city government to deliver quality services. I find myself learning everyday of programs, resources and services that address the concerns of residents.
What would you like to accomplish during the next 6 months? 12 months?
As the City of Racine’s budget discussions begin, I would like to ensure that the 5 T’s of Racine’s success are considered. Those T’s include transportation, tourism, talent, training and technology. If we invest in these five key sectors we will not only be attracting employers and developing skilled workers, but also growing in a way where we can solve other challenges that relate to inequality.
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