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Spring 2014 Election

Candidates competing for four seats on Walworth County Board

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Gazette staff
March 26, 2014

ELKHORN—Three Walworth County Board incumbents will face challengers in the April 1 election, and two newcomers are competing for the District 6 seat.

District 2 incumbent Joe Schaefer faces challenger Benjamin E. Bourdo, District 5 incumbent Carl Redenius faces challenger Charlene Staples, and District 10 incumbent Kenneth M. Monroe faces challenger Rosemary Badame.

In District 6, former county board member Kathleen “Kathy” R. Ingersoll is squaring off against Paul L. Fisher to fill the seat of the late Tim Schiefelbein.

Incumbents of the seven other county board seats do not have challengers.

DISTRICT 2

BENJAMIN E. BOURDO

Age: 41

Address: W4109 State Road 20, East Troy.

Job: Plastics injection molding service engineer, farmer.

Education: Not provided

Community service: Member and former president of East Troy Lions raising money for community service projects and local food pantry.

Elected posts: Town of Troy supervisor 2007-present.

Major campaign issues: “I will as supervisor focus emphasis on efficiency of the county operations. Taxes are always an issue. I will propose ideas to lessen the tax burden by eliminating waste and ensure all possible credits being received.

“One idea I am ready to propose is requesting tax credits for non-taxable lands such as acreages held by nature conservancy. Such lands should be credited similar to public DNR lands. Currently, Wisconsin credits local governments with PILT (payment in lieu of tax) grants to offset the burden created by removing these lands from the tax role. These lands are open to the public and enjoyed by anyone regardless of residence.”

JOE SCHAEFER (I)

Age: 70

Address: 6070 N. Railroad St., Lyons.

Job: Owner of Ye Olde Hotel Bar & Restaurant

Education: St. Mary's High School graduate, 1962

Community service: Member of Lyons American Legion Post 327 and VFW Post 2823

Elected posts: Walworth County Board, 1974-present.

Major campaign issues: “Walworth County is a great place to live and represent. I have 40 years experience. It works well with 11 board members, a good chairperson and county administrator. It seems all is going smoothly in Walworth County. We have ag, industry, tourism and good employees to keep things running well. It seems we are all working as a team.”

DISTRICT 5

CARL REDENIUS (I)

Age: 45

Address: W8411 Turtle Lake Road, Delavan.

Job: Self-employed farmer

Education: 1987 graduate of Whitewater High School. Graduated with a degree in auto body repair from Blackhawk Technical College in 1988.

Community service: Town of Richmond Planning Commission, 2009-13.

Elected posts: Walworth County Board, 2010-present.

Major campaign issues: “The erosion of respect shown to and unequal treatment of taxpayers.

“The blatant lack of openness/transparency and favoritism shown to certain board members, individuals and special interest groups.

“Improved fiscal responsibility. We must separate wants from needs. We can't afford the present spending pace.

“Demand greater accountability from the administrator and some department heads regarding supervision and job performance.”

CHARLENE STAPLES

Age: 57

Address: W7898 Creek Road, Delavan.

Job: Certified nursing assistant

Education: 1975 graduate of Elkhorn High School. Earned a medical technician certificate in 1988 and a nursing assistant certificate in 1990, both from Gateway Technical College.

Community service: Member of Darien and City of Delavan Rescue Squad, volunteer guide for Old World Wisconsin and Walworth County Historical Society, volunteer for Boy Scouts of America, vice regent of Samuel Phoenix Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution and vice president of Mary Chesebro Lee Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Elected posts: None

Major campaign issues: “Hold town hall meetings to inform district residents of what's going on and to receive feedback … Work through WEDC (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation) and private sector for good-paying jobs that will  encourage economic stability … Make sure county taxes are used in a fair and responsible manner to benefit county residence first and large corporations second … Improve communications and working relationship with county highway department, towns and villages to assess and fix road issues.”

DISTRICT 6

PAUL L. FISHER

Age: 49

Address: 408 S. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn.

Job: IT systems administrator at Lavelle Industries

Education: 1982 graduate from Wheaton Central High School, Wheaton, Ill.

Community service: Volunteer for Wisconsin Carry

Elected posts: None listed

Major campaign issues: “Reduce size of government, reduce taxes, and reduce regulations.”

KATHLEEN “KATHY” R. INGERSOLL

Age: 69

Address: 303 Randall Place, Elkhorn.

Job: Retired nurse

Education: 1963 Elkhorn High School graduate, 1964 Madison Technical University Hospital graduate.

Community service: Walworth County Food Pantry volunteer, 2013-present.

Elected posts: Walworth County Board, 2006-12.

Major campaign issues: “Served three terms with supervisors who exemplified integrity, purpose, dedication, and compassion doing their best job as a unit for the benefit of their constituencies. I would consider it an honor and privilege to be re-elected to serve District 6 of Elkhorn. We have an award winning county with departments that strive for excellence.”

DISTRICT 10

ROSEMARY BADAME

Age: 68

Address: N1166 Tombeau Road, Genoa City.

Job: None listed

Education: Bachelor's degree in psychology/sociology from UW-Whitewater in 1990.

Community service: Hospice volunteer, Walworth County AARP chairwoman, Walworth County Land Conservation Committee, Walworth County representative to the Benedict/Tombeau Lake District, Brookwood School reading program volunteer.

Elected posts: Bloomfield Town Board, 1985-87; Walworth County Board, 1990-94.

Major campaign issues: Work toward expanded transportation options for seniors; balanced budget with no tax increase; bringing broader understanding of county services to District 10 through town hall meetings; promoting intergovernmental cooperation for protection and use of natural resources.

KENNETH M. MONROE (I)

Age:  74

Address: W1500 Sunset Drive, Pell Lake.

Job: Owner of auto repair shop

Education: High school, military technical school

Community service: Park work volunteer, Fourth of July parade and fireworks organizer, community clean-up volunteer, Kids Day Out volunteer.

Elected posts: Bloomfield Town Board; Bloomfield town chairman; Bloomfield village president; Walworth County Board, 2012-present.

Major campaign issues: “Really, as with any government, there isn't one big issue. It seems that every day there's a different issue. One of the issues is trying to hold down spending for the people … keeping all the departments within their budgets. Another issue is whether the county should take over food inspections from the state. Once we hear the people more, then the decision can be made.”



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