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Two seats open on Turtle board

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ANN MARIE AMES
March 26, 2009
— Two incumbents and two challengers vie for two seats on the Turtle Town Board.

Incumbents Tim Kopp and Lester Oldenburg face challenges from newcomer to Turtle politics Darrell Simonides and former board member Margaret Palubinski.


Tim Kopp (I)

Address: 8028 S. Butterfly Road, Beloit.


Age: 49


Job: Tradesman with R & M Manufacturing, Milton.


Education: Earned an associate degree in electronics from Blackhawk Technical College in 1977


Community service: 4-H leader


Elected posts: Elected to the Turtle Town Board in 2003


Major campaign issues: "The current economy will challenge the town to maintain its roads and police and fire service to the level residents expect. The town can't expect an increase in state aid revenue. The town is moving in a good direction and has good employees. That really makes life easier for a person like me."


Lester Oldenburg (I)

Age: 78


Address: 7529 S. Lathers Road, Beloit.


Job: Semi-retired truck driver for The DeLong Co., Clinton.


Education: Graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1950


Community service: Has been a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Turtle Fire Department and served on many town committees including the fall festival and safety committees.


Elected posts: Has served on the Town of Turtle Board on and off for 25 years.


Major campaign issues: "I will try to keep taxes low and try to serve the people with the best of my knowledge. I'm against city of Beloit annexation. The town board needs to keep all residents in mind, including those who have moved to the country from the city."


Margaret Palubinski

Age: 57


Address: 4270 E. Circlewood Drive, Beloit.


Job: Assistant vice president and Clinton branch manager of First National Bank, Beloit.


Education: Graduated from South Beloit High School in 1969. Attended Kaplan University and the American Institute of Banking.


Community service: Clerk/treasurer of the Rock County unit of the Wisconsin Towns Association; member of board of directors for Rasey House, Beloit; member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Elected posts: Member of the Turtle Town Board from 1997-2005.


Major campaign issues: "I kind of feel like the board has gone stagnant. I don't see the town moving forward. I think the town's boundary agreement with the city of Beloit hasn't been monitored closely. The board needs to work on that and on its Smart Growth Plan."


Darrell Simonides

Address: 10125 S. Turtle Town Hall Road, Beloit.


Age: 61


Job: Semi-retired electrician; served in with the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968.


Education: Graduated from Lane Tech High School, Chicago, 1966.


Community service: None at this time


Elected posts: None so far.


Major campaign issues: "I've been getting involved and have been impressed with the way things have gone the last two years. I'd like to be a part of it. The town is in pretty good shape. I am concerned about annexation from the city of Beloit. We have to come up with a solution one way or another on how this is going to work."



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