The Faces of Lake Country: Lou Kowieski

Meet Lou Kowieski! Lou serves as the District Two Alderman for the City of Oconomowoc and is running for Mayor of Oconomowoc as a write-in candidate. Last year, Lou was nominated and subsequently elected as City Council President.

Lou has been married to Lori for 25 years, and they have lived in Oconomowoc since 1998. Lori has a PhD in molecular biology and is a professor at Carroll University. Together they have four children, Megan, Sawyer, Quinn and Walker. Lou has worked in the commercial interiors services space for 22 years, and he is a representative for commercial furniture manufacturers, covering the entire state of Wisconsin.

Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I never had plans on being in politics. In 2014, the Worthington Apartment project was started in Oconomowoc. I thought the implementation of the project was amiss and I didn’t want to see something like that happen again. So in 2014, I ran for District Two Alderman and lost. I become more involved in committees and learned a lot over three years, and then ran for the aldermanic seat again in 2017 and won.”

Q. What is your favorite restaurant in Lake Country, and what do you love there?
A. “Anyone that knows me knows I love food, and there’s no bad restaurant here. The restaurant scene has come on strong in Oconomowoc, and my family makes a concerted effort to rotate and support all of them. There’s great food at different price points. Some of our favorites are the fish fry at The Pub, the burgers at Crafty Cow, for something quick Bella Gusto, and dinners Lago su Bella and Coco’s Seafood and Steakhouse.”

Q. Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Lake Country?
A. “Jo Brown, she’s a very interesting, community oriented person. She was married to Bruce Brown and they lived at the end of my street.”

Q. What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A. “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Q. What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A. “Find your purpose and don’t lose hope.”

Q. What is something on your bucket list?
A. “To take my wife on a trip to a special place that she’d like to go.”

Q. Name any three bands artists you would like to see?
A. “The younger Elvis. My parents took me to see his last concert at Mecca in Milwaukee in 1977. Stevie Ray Vaughan, I saw him get on the helicopter after his last concert at Alpine Valley, and Garth Brooks.”

Q. What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Lake Country?
A. “Lorleberg’s. They’ve been around forever, and there’s that hometown feel when you walk in.”

Q. Choosing anyone not related to you, with whom would you love to have lunch?  Why?  Where in Lake Country would you have lunch?
A. “Winston Churchill, because he had a spirit about him that moved the world forward to fight against the Nazis. He had this incredible talent, and was called up from not doing much, to lead that effort.  Also, Abe Lincoln because he was able to pull our fractured country back together and come out of the other side of the Civil War to where we are today. George Washington, because he could have been king, but instead he really lived the spirit of our country. I’d have lunch with them at Coco’s Seafood and Steakhouse.”

Q. What is your favorite thing or something unique about Lake Country?
A. “In Oconomowoc, having the two lakes downtown and the Fowler Lake walk really draws the community together.”

Q. Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?
A. “Still working in the commercial interiors space and serving the community in a volunteer fashion.”

Q. Even for friends or family, what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A. “I used to have hair. Seriously, though, I struggled with depression earlier in life.”

Q. What three words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word home?
“Faith, family and Mom.”

Q. If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Life Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A. “Life coach.”

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