Newcomers, incumbents vie for Fontana posts
The race features two incumbent trustees, completing their fourth and third terms, and two political newcomers—one an engineer and one a trading consultant.
Address: 856 Trails End, Fontana.
Job: Electromagnetic compatibility engineer at DLS Electronic Systems in Genoa City.
Education: Graduate of Big Foot High School; bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from ITT Technical Institute, Milwaukee.
Community service: Vice commander of American Legion Post 102.
Elected posts: None.
Major campaign issue: "We need a strong police, fire and rescue and public works departments. I'm not totally bought on joining the Walworth and Fontana (departments) ...Without seeing the numbers, I don't know if it's really going to help out Fontana. … I can't make a total up or down on it."
George Joseph Spadoni Jr. (I)
Address: 540 Oak St., Fontana.
Job: Human resource management.
Education: Associate's degree in business administration from Thornton Community College in South Holland, Ill.; bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.; master's degree in business administration from DePaul University in Chicago.
Community service: Member of the Big Foot Lions Club; president of the Little Chiefs Basketball Club.
Elected posts: Fontana village trustee, 1997-2003, 2007-present.
Major campaign issue: "Ensuring that we continue the pattern of 'slow growth' in this community by allowing one new subdivision every seven to eight years. If we fail to attract new full-time residents and children to this community, we will become 'just another resort community,' which I believe we are not."
Merilyce "Micki" O'Connell (I)
Address: 611 Agaming Road, Fontana.
Job: Retired from the brokerage business.
Education: Studied economics at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.
Community service: Member of the Indian Hills Homeowners Association, 1976-present.
Elected posts: Fontana village trustee, 2003-present.
Major campaign issue: "If elected for another two-year term, I would like to see the village complete the lakefront projects, install lighting along Fontana Boulevard and oversee the renovations of the Lake Geneva Marine Company. I also will continue to seek joint services and consolidation with the village of Walworth."
Thomas M. McGreevy
Address: 897 Tarrant Drive, Fontana.
Job: Trading consultant
Education: Graduate of Big Foot High School; bachelor's degree from UW-La Crosse.
Community service: Member of the Fontana Plan Commission, 2006-present; member of the Country Club Estates Homeowners Association, 2004-present.
Elected posts: None.
Major campaign issues: If elected, McGreevy said he would like to upgrade the village's infrastructure and help keep the local elementary school a viable place to learn. He also said he wants to maintain "the quiet village atmosphere" he's come to know in his lifetime of living in Fontana.
Last updated: 9:48 am Thursday, December 13, 2012