Town of Magnolia candidates

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Gazette staff
March 24, 2009
Fern McCoy (I)

Age: 75

Address: 3717 Knutson Road, Evansville.

Job: Retired

Education: Graduate of Janesville High School.

Community service: Treasurer of the Bethel Cemetery Association, secretary of the Zion Ladies Aid, served on the board of three fire departments.

Elected posts: Elected to the town board in 1979; served as town board chair since 1988.

Major campaign issues: My major campaign issue is to protect the health and welfare of the town of Magnolia citizens. I would like the citizens of Magnolia to be treated fair and equal. Also, I would like to preserve the agricultural land and keep it rural.

Lauraine Smith

Age: 63

Address: 12618 W. Dorner Road, Brodhead.

Job: Realtor with First Weber Group

Education: Janesville Craig High School graduate, bachelor’s degree in dietetics from UW-Stout in 1967, master’s degree in food systems administration from University of Tennessee in 1975.

Community service: Girl Scout leader, Home Health volunteer, Master 4-H volunteer and volunteer tutor for Literacy Council in Madison.

Elected posts: None

Major campaign issues: “I want the opportunity to serve Magnolia Township as chairperson to create an atmosphere of respect and honesty while positioning Magnolia to preserve, protect and enhance all resources through cooperative efforts with all electors and landowners.”

Graceann Toberman (I)

Age: 46

Address: 13343 W. County B, Brodhead.

Job: Self-employed seamstress and farmer with husband and family

Education: Graduate of Evansville High School in 1981; municipal clerk training core curriculum course; election administration, chief inspector training; poll worker training; annual meeting classes; board of review classes; online tax collection classes, etc.

Community service: Catechism teacher at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church and past volunteer at Footville Elementary School

Elected posts: Magnolia treasurer, 1993-2003; Magnolia clerk/treasurer, 2003-present.

Major campaign issues: “I have 16 years experience working as treasurer and clerk/treasurer. I feel privileged to serve the people of Magnolia. I enjoy my job and would love to continue in this position.”

Carrie Roberts

Age: 33

Address: 2007 Highway 213, Evansville.

Job: Finance coordinator for McFarland School District.

Education: Graduate of Evansville High School in 1994; course study in accounting and marketing.

Community service: None.

Elected posts: None.

Major campaign issues: “Accountability and experience is what I will bring to the Magnolia Township when elected. Detailed financial reports and up-to-date budget reports will be available at each monthly meeting. Researching possible investment options that will produce revenues for the township will be at the top of my list.”

Supervisor 1
Kurt Bartlett (I)

Age: 50

Address: 15346 W. Townsend Road, Brodhead.

Job: Project engineer

Education: Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UW-Madison in 1982.

Community service: None.

Elected posts: Appointed to town board in October 2007.

Major campaign issues: “Magnolia is a small, agricultural community. Our Comprehensive Plan recognizes that the people of Magnolia would like to maintain our community as it is. As town supervisor, I will balance the needs of our citizens, from the individual small landowner to the corporate large landowner, for what’s best for Magnolia.”

Keith Lynn

Age: 42

Address: 5101 N. Coon Island Road, Evansville.

Job: Acting lieutenant and fire investigator at Beloit Fire Department; certified canine handler with the Maine State Police Arson Canine Program; instructor with the Department of Military Affairs/Wisconsin Emergency Management and Fire Service; instructor at Blackhawk Technical College.

Education: Delavan-Darien High School graduate; associate’s degree in fire science from Blackhawk Technical College in 1985; continuing education classes at BTC, National Fire Academy, WOS Fire School, Gateway Technical Institute; University of Illinois-Illinois Fire Service Institute, Maine State Police Canine Accelerant Detection School, University of Maryland-Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

Community service: Magnolia 4-H, shooting sports leader.

Elected posts: None.

Major campaign issues: “My major campaign issue is fiscal responsibility and accountability. As a governmental body, Magnolia Township needs to promote and practice responsible financial behavior. If the township fails to quickly address the growing imbalance between expenses and available revenue, there will be no community to leave to our children.”

Supervisor 2
Dave Olsen (I)

Age: 48

Address: 4124 N. Coon Island Road, Evansville.

Job: 23 years at The Schlueter Company (tube/bar cutting and forming)

Education: Two years at UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater

Community service: None.

Elected posts: Town board supervisor for the past six years.

Major campaign issues: “I am financially responsible. Some would like to build a new town hall, but I am not willing to raise the tax rate. A new tile floor could be a good option. I believe our environment needs to be protected for us and future generations. It’s easy to protect, but tough to restore. Roads are by far the largest town expense. We must control this cost by competitive bidding and watching for road damage.”

Sally Feeney

Age: 47

Address: 15110 W. County A, Evansville.

Job: Intermediate school teacher

Education: Janesville Parker High School graduate; elementary education degree from UW-Whitewater in 1986; master’s degree in education from UW-Whitewater in 1994; Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program certificate from UW Extension in July 2008; 36 graduate credits beyond master’s degree.

Community service: AWARE Agency in Evansville, Toys for Evansville, Holiday Food Drive, Children’s Global Peace Project, which allowed her to hand deliver posters made by Evansville students to schools in India, and the Ghandi Peace Institute Headquarters in Deli.

Elected posts: None.

Major campaign issues: “We need to work together to strengthen our community. I have many tools, people skills, problem-solving strategies that I will draw upon to serve. I will demonstrate initiative, listen intently, understand all sides of issues, assume responsibility, exercise sound decision-making, and consider feedback from community members.”

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