Incumbents survive Turtle board race
Town board supervisor
Tim Kopp 335
Darrell Simonides 243
Lester Oldenburg 146
Margaret Palubinski 144
Tom Straub 105
TURTLE TOWNSHIP Both incumbents and two challengers on Tuesday survived the five-way primary for Turtle Town Board.
Incumbent Tim Kopp, newcomer Darrell Simonides, incumbentLester Oldenburg and former board member Margaret Palubinski will move on to the general election in April.
Tom Straub, with 105 votes, did not make the cut.
Many candidates listed “annexation” as the town’s top concern.
Kopp, a tradesman with R&M Manufacturing, Milton, was elected to the board in 2003. The town is moving in a good direction, but the economy will challenge officials, he said.
Simonides is running for his first public office position. He is a Vietnam veteran and semi-retired electrician. He is concerned about annexation but thinks the town is moving in a good direction.
Oldenburg, a semi-retired truck driver, has served on and off the board for 25 years. He is a former Turtle Fire Department volunteer firefighter. He is against annexation by the city of Beloit, he said.
Incumbent Margaret Palubinksi is an assistant vice president with First National Bank, Beloit. She served on the board from 1997 to 2005 and is an active member of the Rock County Unit of the Wisconsin Towns Association. She thinks the board needs to keep a closer watch on annexation into the city of Beloit.
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