Alder Anita Weier
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Weier is a graduate of the UW-Madison with degrees in journalism and library/information studies. Her professional work consisted of 30 years as an award-winning reporter and editor. She has been married to John Weier for 44 years and has one grown daughter.
Weier has lived on the Northside of Madison for 20 years. During that time, she has come to love the greenery, the waterways, the marsh and – most of all – the people. Northside residents and business people are a creative, hard-working, independent bunch. They help each other and work for the good of the neighborhood.
She retired from the Capital Times in 2009, after 15 years as a reporter and editor. Journalism awards included a national award for coverage of state government.
After retirement, Weier had time to learn more about the community and to work with various organizations for the Northside. She served on the boards of the Northside Planning Council and the Friends of Cherokee Marsh. Weier also helped a local committee raise funds to restore a historic Statue of Liberty replica that has been at Warner Park for decades. Her volunteer work at the Lakeview Branch Library has included leading a book discussion group, co-organizing a Poetry Fest and helping with book sales. She was a Reading Buddy to kids during the Vera Court Neighborhood Center summer program.
Weier was elected to the Madison Common Council in April 2011 with 60 percent of the vote, and re-elected without opposition in April 2013.
Her work on the Council has included helping to bring a UW Credit Union branch to Northport Drive and successfully opposing the location of a 96,000-square-foot warehouse next to Troy Gardens. She opposed subsidizing reconstruction of the Edgewater with $16 million of city funds; and the hotel was rebuilt without city money. She worked with the city Parks Department and the Cherokee Neighborhood for installation of a new, safer playground at Cherokee Park. With Police Officer David Dexheimer, she led drives for speed humps and a community garden at Vera Court.
Alder Weier strives to represent the Northside in a strong, intelligent and caring manner. She believes that elected representatives should fight for what their constituents want and need, not what outside interests want. They should decide issues one-by-one on the merits, not as part of a party line. That is true democracy.