Four running for three seats on East Troy Village Board

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Gazette staff
April 2, 2011

Three incumbents and a challenger are running for three two-year terms on the East Troy Village Board.

Incumbents Mary Hubbard Nugent and Dustan Stanford have 10 years and three years of service, respectively, while Fredrick Douglass has served for six. Newcomer Chris Gultch is attempting to win a seat.

Fiscal cuts to local aid contained in the pending two-year state budget and improving the business climate in East Troy were top issues discussed by three of the four candidates. Douglass was unavailable for comment.


Mary Hubbard Nugent (I)

Age: 60

Address: 2817 Austin St.

Job: Occupational health nurse for WE Energies

Education: Bachelor's of science degree in nursing from UW-Oshkosh

Community service: Member of the state Workers Compensation Advisory Committee

Elected posts: Five terms as village board trustee.

Major campaign issues: They are fiscal issues brought on by both the changes at the state level and the recession. The challenge at the local level will be to identify the needs of the community as opposed to the wants. We want the quality of services to stay in East Troy. The challenge will be to maintain that, despite all of the fiscal challenges.


Dustan Stanford (I)

Age: 47

Address: 1985 Division St.

Job: Director of software sales

Education: Three years of college, graduated from Muskego High School

Community service: None

Elected posts: Three years as village trustee

Major campaign issues: I believe one of the key issues we are facing is how do we bring more jobs to East Troy? That is both jobs on the (downtown) square and in the industrial park. We as a community need to find a better way to leverage the traffic that visits East Troy brought to us from the East Troy Railroad, Gus's Saturday car show, the new museum, Alpine Valley and the airport. We need to find a way to make people want to stay and visit shops and restaurants on the square.


Fredrick Douglass (I)

Address: 2742 E Main St.

Elected posts: Village board trustee since 2005

Douglass did not respond to requests for information from the Gazette.


Chris Gultch

Age: 48

Address: 2802 Woodview Court

Job: IT consultant

Education: Bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens Point; associate's degree from Gateway Technical Institute.

Community service: Hunter safety instructor for 25 years

Elected posts: None

Major campaign issues: Budget and taxes are the major issues along with utilizing the tools the governor has given us to balance our budget. I'm concerned about Highway 20 reconstruction project and the part that is going though East Troy. Also, water utility prices are out of control.

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