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Three-way faceoff for Sharon village president

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Catherine W. Idzerda
February 10, 2014

SHARON--Three people are vying for village of Sharon president, and a primary election Feb. 18 will narrow that number to two. 

The winner will replace Diana Dykstra. In September, Dykstra announced she would be stepping down after her third, two-year term.  She made her announcement early to give people plenty of time to consider running.

All the candidates for village president have served on the village board.  They said major issues include economic development and controlling property taxes.

MICHAEL BROOKE

Age: 63

Address: 126 Pearl St., Sharon.

Job: General commercial and residential contractor

Education: Earned an associate degree in mathematics from William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Ill., in 1970; graduated from Texas A & M University with a bachelor's degree in construction management in 1978.

Community service: Firefighter/EMT and technical safety adviser for Sharon Fire and Rescue for 20 years, president of the Sharon Lions Club.

Elected posts: Sharon Village Board trustee for two terms and was appointed to an open seat.

Major campaign issues: Brooke said he wants to continue to serve the community and is encouraged by the village's direction.

“I'm very encouraged by the prospect of getting some new businesses in town,” Brooke said.

As the president of his own company, he's had to make sure his employees, his subcontractors and his material suppliers get paid while at the same time making a living and keeping his business viable.

“We're able to live within our means in the village and even put money aside,” Brooke said. “We should be working in the black, not in the red.”

MICHAEL H. HORNBY

Age: 60

Address: 111 South St., Sharon.

Job: Retired. Served as director of the machinist union for 30 years.

Education: Lakeside Lutheran High School.

Community service: Provided foster care for children for many years.

Elected posts: Past village president and former village trustee.

Major campaign issues: “We need to be a little more careful with taxpayers' money,” Hornby said.

The village hosted a major cycling event last year that he called “pretty controversial.”

“That kind of money could be better used elsewhere,” Hornby said.

The village already has several events such as the Fourth of July celebrations and Model A Days that bring in people.

Hornby wants to concentrate on filling the business park. Although Sharon isn't as close to the Interstate as other villages, it has the advantage of being on a rail line. He thinks the village should work with Union Pacific Railroad in promoting the village to businesses.

MARK A. RUOSCH

Age: 51

Address: 208 Park Ave, Sharon.

Job: American Family Insurance agent

Education: Graduated from Edgerton High School, attended UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater, attended schooling to become licensed insurance agent and to meet continuing education required for agents.

Community service: Firefighter and advanced EMT for the Sharon Fire Department; Sharon fire chief for 14 years.

Elected posts: Appointed to fill a village trustee post for one year.

Major campaign issues: “There's some opportunities out there, and we just have to be ready to grab on to them,” Ruosch said.

One of the challenges will be overcoming the negative ambiance that's sometimes present in the village, he said. The village has a lot of offer, and it's important to be positive about its assets.

The village is in the black and needs to continue to be fiscally responsible, he said.



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