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Five races contested in Plymouth

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GINA R. HEINE
March 28, 2009
— All five positions are contested in the town of Plymouth.
Chair

William Schweder


Address: 719 S. Dunbar Road, Janesville.


Age: 56


Job: Maintenance mechanic at Evonik Goldschmidt for 26 years.


Education: Parkview High School graduate in 1971.


Community service: Plymouth 4-H leader, youth baseball of Janesville, chaperon for fieldtrips at Kids Corner and Footville Elementary.


Elected posts: Plymouth town supervisor 2004-07, Plymouth town chair, January 2008-present.


Major campaign issues: "Local government is about common sense decisions that affect peoples' lives. Making these decisions is like officiating high school sports, which I've done for 37 years. You're not going to please everyone all the time. You make the best decision you can for the most people with the money available."


Larry Harding


Address: 8217 Front St., Hanover.


Age: 59


Job: Retired law enforcement and state probation parole agent.


Education: Brodhead High School graduate, associate degree in marketing from Madison Area Technical College in 1970, associate degree in police science from Blackhawk Technical College in 1998.


Community service: Former 4-H dairy leader for Avon Township, recipient of the 1995 Milwaukee Community Service Award for volunteering in the Parole Watch program regarding public safety and quality of life, Mercy Volunteer Organization member-regularly assisting at the Janesville homeless shelter, volunteer driver to polls for anyone needing a ride to vote.


Elected posts: None.


Major campaign issues: "Complying with state open meetings laws; treat town meeting attendees with respect and dignity; tape meeting interaction for retention, accuracy and completeness; fiscal prioritizing responsibility regarding road replacement, repair, maintenance and town hall building regarding public safety and health standards; improve board leadership accessibility, communication and accountability.


Supervisor 1

Bill Orchard (I)


Address: 6931 W. Highway 11, Janesville.


Age: 67


Job: Owner/operator of Gurn-Z Meadow Dairy Farm


Education: Graduate of Whitewater High School, bachelor of science degree from UW-Whitewater in 1964.


Community service: Past Whitewater 4-H Club dairy leader, past trustee and building committee member, past chairman of pastor/parish relations committee of Little Prairie Church.


Elected posts: Town of Plymouth supervisor, January 2008-present, Town of Eagle supervisor, 1988-2006.


Major campaign issues: "My main issue is to keep taxes low while maintaining high-quality public service and rural integrity to the Town of Plymouth residents. I will work to update zoning ordinances so that they are in compliance with ‘The Smart Growth Plan.' I would also encourage application for state and federal grants."


Mark Henning


Address: 2723 Pleasant St., Hanover.


Age: 50


Job: Fleet mechanic


Education: Jefferson High School graduate in 1976, U.S. Navy, 1976-80.


Community service: Foster parent for five years.


Elected posts: None.


Major campaign issues: "Contact availability, better budgeting."


Supervisor 2

Keith Neal (I)


Address: 1437 S. Old Highway 11, Janesville.


Age: 54


Job: R&M Manufacturing, Milton.


Education: Parkview High School graduate in 1973, agriculture management degree, Blackhawk Technical College, 1975.


Community service: Parish council, St. Augustine's Church, Footville; St. Vincent de Paul Society, Footville.


Elected posts: Town board supervisor, April 2007-08.


Major campaign issues: "Keeping cost in time with our budget will be a big task. Past and present boards have done this while having one of the lower mill rates in the county. With costs on the rise and limited state money, towns have to find ways to work together to cut costs."


Brad Inman


Address: 7502 W. Stuart Road, Orfordville.


Age: 55


Job: Retired.


Education: Associate degree in auto body repair from Blackhawk Technical College, 1972.


Community service: Coached Viking youth baseball, basketball and flag football in Orfordville, 1994-2002.


Elected posts: Town of Plymouth constable, 1991-93.


Major campaign issues: As someone who is retired and living on a fixed income, making sure we use everyone's hard-earned taxes in a fiscally responsible way is very important to me. These are very difficult times we are in, and we as a township need to spend those hard-earned taxes wisely.


Clerk

Edie Baran


Address: 8221 W. Front St., Hanover.


Age: Declined to say.


Job: Freelance theatrical producer and director, VSA arts of Wisconsin Teaching Artist, private acting teacher, workshop facilitator.


Education: Bachelor of science in theater education from UW-Madison.


Community service: Board of directors for United Arts Alliance; UAW Local 95 Civil Rights Committee (Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration sub-committee); Janesville Performing Arts Center volunteer; Wisconsin River Alliance volunteer; Sierra Club river touring section volunteer; founder and former artistic director of SpotLight On Kids; previous community service includes volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club and Rotary Gardens, working with the Girl Scouts, and working on various projects with the Janesville School District.


Elected posts: None.


Major campaign issues: "It's important for everyone to be involved in their community. Given my experience with nonprofit boards, I feel I can best serve my community as town clerk. I would like to help improve the communication between the supervisors and community, and to help keep the supervisors accountable for their decisions."


Sue Douglas


Address: 10714 W. Welsh Road, Janesville.


Age: 56


Job: Library media specialist at Parker High School, bookkeeper at Douglas Farms.


Education: Bachelor of science in education from UW-Whitewater in 1974, master of arts in library and information science in 1977, 50 additional grad credits in curriculum and technology.


Community service: Past Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader, Rock County 4-H Fair assistant superintendent, director of Rock County Fair Association Board 1999-2001, chair of Rock County 4-H Fair main stage entertainment 1997-2001, volunteer with Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association.


Elected posts: Appointed to Town of Plymouth clerk position in March 2008.


Major campaign issues: "As clerk for the past year, I have consolidated town files, digitized town records and created a town Web site to provide residents with efficient service. I have gained experience and received training in the wide range of responsibilities of a clerk. I would provide continuity in the clerk's position."


Treasurer

Lori Inman


Address: 7502 W. Stuart Road, Orfordville.


Age: 53


Job: Accounts payable clerk at Rock Road Companies.


Education: Associate degree in accounting from Blackhawk Technical College, 1976.


Community service: Treasurer for Viking youth baseball, Orfordville, 2000-03.


Elected posts: Town of Plymouth treasurer, 1992-95.


Major campaign issues: "As treasurer I would continue to keep accurate records, assist with the budget process, seek out the best opportunities for the placement of the town's funds and provide the board with the necessary information needed to make sound decisions in the dispensing of the township's money."


Carolyn Johnson


Address: 7837 W. Ellis Road, Janesville.


Age: 47


Job: Homemaker, farmer, substitute aide for Parkview School District.


Education: Associates degree in stenography from Blackhawk Technical College, 1975, continuing education in farm management and Quick Books.


Community service: Volunteer at the Parkview School District, serve ECHO meals.


Elected posts: None.


Major campaign issues: None.



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