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• How long have you lived in Siloam Springs?

"I was born at the Siloam Springs hospital and I lived here until I was 13, my father passed away, and after I got married I moved back when I was 21 and I've been here ever since."

• So you're married, do you have kids or grandkids?

"Yes, I'm married to John Rissler, and we have five kids between us. My late husband, who passed away a year and a half ago, we have three children, Aaron, Ashley and Aubrey, and John has two children, Abby and Anna. I have four wonderful grandchildren and a daughter-in-law (named) Chelsea."

• What is your educational background?

"I have an associate's in business from Western University, a bachelor's in information systems from the University of Phoenix and a master's in public administration from Walden University."

• What is your employment background?

"I worked for the city of Siloam Springs, then I went to work for the city of Fayetteville and I currently work at Crafton Tull as the vice president of human resources."

• What was your role while working for the cities of Siloam Springs and Fayetteville?

"I was a system administrator for the city of Siloam and then for the city of Fayetteville, I was a BSA (Business Systems Analyst) project manager, where I did programming and such."

• What were your motives for running for city board?

"I have a lot of investment in Siloam Springs, I was born and raised there most of my life, um, there was that gap I told you about. I have children that are there, my grandchildren are there, I have my business -- Heavenly Stitches -- there, so I have a lot of investment in Siloam. I love Siloam and I want to see it prosper and grow."

• Can you tell me a little bit about your business, Heavenly Stitches?

"So my late husband did woodworking, he designed swing sets that are in Sam's and Lowe's and all of those. He had a love for woodworking, so he designed pergolas and swings and stuff for people on the side. When he passed away, I took his passion and put it into my interest of quilting and sewing and I opened Heavenly Stitches up. That is where the name Heavenly came from, to include that I know he is in heaven watching down over my business."

As it pertains to local government, what specific issues do you feel could or should be improved, if any?

"I've thought about that. I have my own personal issues, but I'm not running for personal gain. I'm running because I want to be the voice for Ward 4. I want to have ward meetings so I can find out the issues that they are having, so it isn't personal to me, it's what the citizens need and want and I want to be a voice for them."

• Can you name three things that you feel make you qualified to represent Ward 4?

"My knowledge, not only have I taken my experience -- which I'll discuss in a second -- but I've taken my knowledge a step further by getting my master's (degree). As for experience, I've worked for the city of Siloam Springs, I've worked for the city of Fayetteville, I know personally how things work and I just know how the processes of how government works, so I think that gives me a step up. And then, my desire to serve the community; that is a strength to me, that my desire is there to serve."

• If elected, how would you go about communicating with members of your ward?

"I think ward meetings, if you are consistent on them, you may not have a lot of participation at first, but once they see that you're taking their voice back to the meetings, I think you'll get more participation. And, I think that is the best way to reach people. You aren't forcing yourself on them, but you're allowing them the opportunity to come to me and be a voice for them."

• Is there anything else that you would like to add that I haven't asked or that hasn't been discussed?

"The message I'm trying to get out -- besides being a wife and a mother and a grandmother -- I want my message to display that I was born and raised in the Siloam Springs community, I'm a community volunteer, even though I'm not currently, with my history -- anybody knows I have volunteered many hours to the community and I will continue doing that when Aubrey is the appropriate age, because she is only 21 months old and she has to take priority at the moment. I have a master's in public administration, I have over 15 years of experience in local government, I am an owner of Heavenly Stitches downtown and I'm the vice president of human resources at Crafton Tull. With all of that combined, I feel like I have a lot to offer Siloam Springs."

General News on 10/10/2018

Print Headline: Lesa Brosch, Ward 4 candidate

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