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Trio in primary for Walworth County’s District 3 seat

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Mike Heine
February 14, 2008

District 3 has one incumbent and two challengers. Each candidate is or has served in municipal government. The district covers the eastern half of Whitewater, all of LaGrange Township and parts of Whitewater and Sugar Creek townships.


Frederick Mark Bromley


Age: 54


Address: W5838 Greening Road, Whitewater


Job: Insolvency attorney (own practice).


Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from UW-Madison. Law degree from UW-Madison.


Community service: Chairman of administrative board for LaGrange United Methodist Church. Member District 1 investigative committee for the Office of Lawyer Regulation.


Elected posts: Town of LaGrange supervisor 2006-present. Town chairman and supervisor for the town of Ellenboro, (Grant County, Wis.) from 1997-2000.


Q: What is the biggest issue facing the county board today?


A: “The development of the Smart Growth program through to its adoption. I think that’s going to be the major issue for the county board for the foreseeable future. The county will be making major land-use decisions in the course of adopting that Smart Growth plan.”


Q: Should Walworth County continue offering non-mandated services such as a school for children with disabilities, a nursing home, county zoning, etc.? Why or why not:


A: The county should continue offering those services in a cost-efficient manner, Bromley said.


“It’s part of the county’s duty to continue to look out for its elderly, disabled and its educationally needy citizens. A county should be judged by the way it treats its poorest of citizens, and these are the poorest of our citizens. The county is doing well and should continue to do well.”


Q: What are some ways Walworth County can manage the burden on taxpayers?


A: “I think that the line can be held on taxes. I don’t think major tax increases need to be anticipated given the improvements (already) made to our infrastructure.”


“But I don’t think the county should be looking to be reducing the levy, either. Stay the course, pay the costs and continue to provide those services.


Ann Lohrmann


Age: 60


Address: N7816 Westshore Drive, Elkhorn


Job: Retired teacher.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois State University and some post-graduate work.


Community service: Former Red Cross volunteer


Elected posts: Walworth County supervisor 1994-present. Town of LaGrange supervisor 1988-2007.


Q: What is the biggest issue facing the county board today?


A: “High taxes. Our taxes our too high. I think that’s our biggest issue.”


Lohrmann supports staying under the county’s self-imposed tax levy cap. She voted against a 2007 levy increase that exceeded the cap.


“Absent the downsizing last November (2006), there would have been absolutely no constraint for the 2008 county budget.”


Q: Should Walworth County continue offering non-mandated services such as a school for children with disabilities, a nursing home, county zoning, etc.? Why or why not:


A: “The nursing home and the school, they’re both long-standing and popular programs. Before the county board would consider eliminating these programs, I think they should get the pulse of the people, maybe through a referendum.”


Q: What are some ways Walworth County can manage the burden on taxpayers?


A: “I’m not supportive of any new programs … We shouldn’t be looking at new programs.


“We definitely should be looking at containing spending, especially with the difficulty people are having paying bills and buying gas.


“One of the big things that we need to do is hold down the costs of our health-care insurance. I think our employees need to pay their fair share of those costs.”


Craig Stauffer


Age: 34


Address: 437 S. Whiton St., Whitewater


Job: Technician at State Long Distance Telephone Company.


Education: Two years of college at Iowa Wesleyan College and Coe College.


Community service: Whitewater Fire Department member. Whitewater Youth Football League board member.


Elected posts: Whitewater alderman 2004-present.


Q: What is the biggest issue facing the county board today?


A: “I think the transition from 25 to 11 (county board supervisors) will be a big deal. Either way (25) was too many. I think it will be a learning curve for whoever does get it.


“The main thing, though, is we hear about how the county never has any money, but the county also has the power to reign in spending on its own.”


Q: Should Walworth County continue offering non-mandated services such as a school for children with disabilities, a nursing home, county zoning, etc.? Why or why not:


A: “I think we need to take a hard look at it.”


He is proud of the services offered, such as Lakeland School, but “the taxes in this state are already pushed to the point where we don’t have any more wiggle room.”


Q: What are some ways Walworth County can manage the burden on taxpayers?


A: “I think they made a good start by cutting the board. The thing is, the less number of people you have to point the finger to, the better chance you have of people on the board being responsible to their constituents.”


By making the board more accountable, there is a lot to save by having better decision-making, he said.



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