Spring 2014 Election

Five face off for three Sharon Village Board seats

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Shelly Birkelo
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SHARON—Two incumbents and three challengers are competing to fill three seats on the Sharon village board.

Incumbents Pamela Schutt and Thomas Poyer will face off against Charles “Chuck” A.  Dorn, Carl Fritz and Mark A. Ruosch, who also is running for village president.

The candidates say attracting new businesses and creating jobs to relieve the tax burden on Sharon taxpayers is a major campaign issue.


Age: 60

Address: 188 Rice St.

Job: Owner of TJ Enterprises

Education: Attended Loyola University and Illinois Institute of Technology, continuing education through various institutions and professional organizations.

Community service: Sharon Chamber of Commerce and past member of Jaycees and Sharon Main Street

Elected posts: Past planning commission member, village trustee, village president, and representative on the South Central Wisconsin Transportation Study.

Major campaign issues: Bringing business and jobs to the community and the ongoing struggle to limit or eliminate tax increases while being pressured with ever increasing demands for services.


Age: 44

Address: 138 Seymour St.

Job: Owner of Retro-Kote Residential Repaints, security officer for Per Mar Security at Kikkoman Foods, Walworth.

Education: Luther High School North, Chicago, 1987.

Community service: Fourth of July parade coordinator for Sharon Fourth of July Committee, started the first Facebook page for the village.

Elected posts: None

Major campaign issues: Business growth, lower taxes and improving marketing strategies for the village to promote outside traffic and entice small business plus infrastructure upgrades.


Age: 49

Address: 167 George St.

Job: Journeyman carpenter

Education:  U.S. Navy veteran

Community service: None

Elected posts: Board trustee seeking third term.

Major campaign issues: Trying to make Sharon a nice, affordable place to raise children.


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, serving previously as the department chief.

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.


Address: 114 Church St.

Schutt did not return a candidate questionnaire.

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