Two set to square off for Clinton president

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Ted Sullivan
March 27, 2009
— The race for Clinton village president pits the incumbent against a challenger who has held the position in the past.

Incumbent Mary A. Jensen, 75, has been village president since 2005. She previously served as a village trustee for two years.

Challenger Bill R. Ruston, 71, has been a village trustee for 10 years. He will remain a trustee if he isn't elected village president. He previously served as village president for 20 years.

The Clinton Village Board includes a village president and six trustees. The president is paid $1,500 a year, and trustees are paid $600 a year. All positions are elected at large.

The village board is responsible for legislative actions and deciding the budget and tax levy.

Mary A. Jensen (I)

Address: 506 High St., Clinton.

Age: 75

Job: None

Education: Clinton High School, 1951, and UW-Milwaukee, 1956.

Community service: Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Rock Green Realtors Association, Habitat for Humanity and Clinton Historical Society.

Elected posts: Village trustee, 2003-05, village president, 2005-present, village planning commission, 1987-present.

Major campaign issues: "Keeping taxes down, filling the industrial park, street improvements and park development."

Bill R. Ruston

Address: 202 East St., Clinton.

Age: 71

Job: Electrician

Education: Clinton High School

Community service: None

Elected posts: Village president, 20 years total, and village trustee, the past 10 years.

Major campaign issue: "To try and make things better."

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