Scott has called the Isthmus home for most of his adult live and has owned a home in the 6th district since 2000. Since moving to Madison permanently in 1989 he has been involved in many city and neighborhood committees, often in leadership roles, most recently as president of the Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA). He is running for the Madison Common Council because he has seen the need for leadership at the city level that the district is currently lacking.
While president of MNA he successfully obtained IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for the association, something that previous board leadership had been unable to accomplish. He established the Williamson Street Public Art Initiative while working with neighbors who dedicated time and energy to improving the reconstruction of Williamson Street in 2011. Scott worked with neighbors, the mayor and city staff to think outside of the box with the reconstruction project that ultimately included widening the terraces, a storm water bio-vault and rain gardens to help address run-off to our lakes and LED street lighting.
Scott has an interest in historic preservation that was developed prior to purchasing a home in the Third Lake Ridge Historic District. He was active in the formation of the Mansion Hill Neighborhood Association when the historic Quisling Clinic was facing demolition. In 2012 he received permission from the Madison Landmarks Commission to restore the front porch of his 1880′s home and did all of the work himself.
He came to Madison from Wausau, first in 1983 to attend the University of Wisconsin Madison where he received his Bachelor of Business Arts degree in Accounting and then in 1989 permanently. Scott quickly became familiar to the 6th district neighborhood where he lived and worked. His office at the United Neighborhood Centers of Dane County was on the second floor of the Atwood Neighborhood Center on Atwood Avenue and was in walking distance from his apartment.
Scott believes that living and working in a walkable neighborhood is important and sustaining and improving that quality in our neighborhoods is vital. In June 2011 he led a bike tour through the district with Steve Steinhoff and Lou Host-Jablonski for the Congress for the New Urbanism conference.
Scott grew up just outside of Wausau in rural Marathon County. He is one of 4 children. He continues to be influenced by the importance of family, music, art and self reliance that was central to his upbringing. The skills and knowledge that he developed through involvement in 4-H, helping neighbors with the harvest, working in the 1/2 acre family garden, picking the apples from the numerous backyard trees and even raising chickens are applicable to the 6th district today.
Scott has worked for the State of Wisconsin for nearly 22 years, mostly in accounting with a focus on information technology. He is currently the Team Leader in the Wisconsin State Budget Office for the Information Technology, Operations and Federal Funds team.
- Wisconsin State Budget Office Team Leader, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Madison, WI, 2008-present
- Department of Administration Division of Enterprise Technology, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Madison, WI, 2007-2008
- Capital Accounting/State Building Program, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Madison, WI, 1995-2007
- Clean Water Fund Program, Wisconsin, Department of Administration, Madison, WI,1991-1994
- Williams, Young and Associates CPAs, Madison, WI, 1989-1991
- United Neighborhood Centers of Dane County, Madison, WI, 1989
- Becker Communications, Schofield, WI 1986-1988