Spring 2014 Election

Two compete for Sharon village president

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Shelly Birkelo
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SHARON—A former village trustee and past village president will face off to become Sharon's next village president.

Diana Dykstra, who resigned in November, is not seeking re-election, but she was appointed as interim president until this spring election.

Mark A. Ruosch, a village trustee from 1994-95, and Michael H. Hornby, who served as village president from 2000-04 and village trustee from 1992-96 are running on the same platform.

Both agree they should be responsible with taxpayers' dollars and agree the village needs to bring new businesses to the village industrial park.


Age: 60

Address: 111 South St.

Job: Retired director of a machinist union.

Education: Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills.

Community service: Past foster care provider for Rock and Walworth counties.

Elected posts: Village president, 2000-04; village trustee, 1992-96.

Major campaign issues: The need to be more responsible with taxpayers' dollars, especially during these tough economic times. The 40-acre business park also needs to be filled with jobs—400—within the next four years.


Age: 52

Address: 208 Park Ave.

Job: Insurance sales

Education: Attended UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater.

Community service: Past member of Sharon Lions Club, member of Sharon Fire and Rescue and served previously as chief of the department.

Elected posts: Sharon Village Board, 1994-95.

Major campaign issues: The need to attract businesses to help relieve the tax burden on Sharon taxpayers. The village bought land, currently used as farmland, for an industrial park that needs to be filled with buildings and jobs.

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