Spring 2014 Election

Six seek three seats on Clinton Village Board

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CLINTON—Six people are running for three seats on the Clinton Village Board.

Art J. Bushue and Brian Jacobs are the incumbents. Challengers are Sonja M. Capes, Dennis L. Nielson, Brandon Bickham and Bill Ruston.


Bickham did not respond to a Gazette request for information


Age: 72

Address: 428 Karen Lane, Clinton.

Job: Retired

Education: Bachelor's degree, Southern Illinois University; master's degree, Eastern Illinois University.

Community service: Executive director of Solos support organization for divorced, widowed and separated adults; Clinton Soap Box Derby official and director; Clinton Park Board member; Clinton Forestry Board chairman; program administrator for the Clinton Floral Beautification Program.

Elected posts: Clinton Village Board; 1994-present.

Major campaign issue: “I seek to prudently balance the village's financial health, especially by reducing interest payments, which I view as being a premium price for the original goods or services, while at the same time satisfactorily providing for the village's public services.”


Age: 28

Address: 732 Meadow Park Drive, Clinton.

Job: Part-time electronics associate at Beloit Wal-Mart, part-time janitor at First Presbyterian Church and free-lance residential house cleaning.

Education: Clinton High School

Community service: None

Elected posts: None

Major campaign issue: “For Clinton to thrive, we must embrace the younger generations. Our children are our future, and their future should be our first priority.”

By serving as a village trustee, Capes feels she could represent the younger generation as decisions are made to make their future a reality.


Jacobs did not respond to a Gazette request for information.


Age: 62

Address: 505 Johnson Avenue, Clinton.

Job: Office manager of a title company

Education: Bachelor's degree, UW-Milwaukee; master's degree in management; Cardinal Stritch University.

Community service: Cub Scout leader, village plan commission.

Elected posts: Clinton Village Board, 1992-2001; village president, 2001-05. 

Major campaign issues: Nielson thought it was important to give people a choice at election time. He has some experience he can draw on for the post. He also thinks its important to keep the budget in check and hold down taxes.


Ruston did not respond to a Gazette request for information.

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