I’m Glen Ellis, and I’m running for Fremont City Council in Ward 2.
My wife, Nancy, and I have worked hard to build a good life for our family in Fremont, while also putting as much as we can into our community to strengthen our downtown and build a strong sense of unity.
We moved our software company, Sycamore Education, to Fremont fourteen years ago. Since then, we’ve created jobs for thirty talented employees, including a dozen Midland University graduates, keeping young talent here in Fremont.
In 2014, we bought the historic May Brothers Building, and began its renovation and restoration. This building has been a catalyst for much change—in our lives, in our downtown, and in the lives of others. When we opened the Milady Coffeehouse, we had big hopes for what it would become. We love that it has grown into a community gathering place for conversation, fellowship, entertainment and, so we’ve been told, a great cup of coffee.
A champion for small business, I started the Fremont Creative Collective, a nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground. We also started the Fremont Artisan Market, an outdoor market held several times during the summer. Recently we created the Fremont Downtown Development Group, a nonprofit dedicated to improving downtown, starting with the Lights On Fremont! project, outlining downtown buildings with white lights, bringing vibrance back to the heart of our city. I also serve as chairman of the BID, ensuring that downtown business owners’ tax money is spent wisely.
Most recently, I asked our Sycamore team to develop the Fremont Trains app. They did it in record time, at no cost to the City, and it’s free to download. We also designed a new website for the Dodge County React team so service requests can be made online.
As a City Council member:
I will be proactive, not reactive, and deliver results.
I will ensure our city leaders operate ethically and with integrity.
And I will be a strong, passionate advocate for residents of Fremont.
Ward 2 Candidate, Fremont