Three fight for Walworth County Board seat in February primary

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Andrea Anderson
Monday, February 10, 2014

DELAVAN--The race for the Walworth County Board District 5 seat features three Delavan residents who bring different experiences to the table.

Incumbent Carl Redenius has served as District 5 representative since 2009 and was a member of the Town of Richmond Planning Committee from 2009-13.

Daniel Boss and Charlene Staples also are running for the position.

Boss was on the Walworth County Board from 1991-92 and the Darien Town Board from 2006-11. He says he wants to bring accountability to the board.

Staples is a longtime community volunteer who says she wants to keep constituents informed about what the county board is doing with quarterly meetings.

Daniel Boss

Age: 61

Address: W8667 R-D Townline Road, Delavan.

Job: Owner of Boss Enterprises Inc., an excavating and gravel pit business.

Education: 1970 graduate of Delavan-Darien High School. Completed a union sponsored heavy equipment apprenticeship in 1975 and a plumbing apprenticeship in 1978.

Community service: Volunteer for Delavan-Darien Fire Department for more than 25 years.

Elected posts: Walworth County Board from 1991-92 and Darien Town Board from 2006-11.

Major campaign issues: “Bring some representation to District 5 and accountability. I have experience in management and road building, public works, and business operations. The 11 members of the county board are in charge of a very large budget … That's quite a responsibility to bring some accountability to that budget.”

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: Member of the Town of Richmond Planning Commission from 2009-13.

Elected posts: Walworth County Board District 5 from 2010 to the present.

Major campaign issues: “People in the area have concerns on how zoning and certain things are run in the county … working to try and get answers for them. The main concern is to get everyone treated the same, equal, as far as the zoning office.”

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: Former member of Darien and City of Delavan Rescue Squad. Volunteer guide for Old World Wisconsin and Walworth County Historical Society. Volunteers for Boy Scouts of America.

Elected posts: Vice regent of Samuel Phoenix Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution from 2002-05. Vice president of Mary Chesebro Lee Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Major campaign issues: “Improve communication between county board representatives and district residents. Every the months hold Town Hall meetings to inform district residents of what's going on and to receive feedback on their concerns. Promote job growth in the county. Work through W.E.D.A. and private sector for good paying jobs that will attract families and encourage economic stability.”

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