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Five seek Rock Town Board seats

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ANN MARIE AMES
March 30, 2009
— Five people, including a write-in candidate, are trying to land two seats on the Rock Town Board.

Pete Parker and Robert Connell challenge incumbents Dean Connell and Bryce O'Leary.


Write-in candidate Frank Schneider also sent his contact information to The Janesville Gazette.


O'Leary is also running for town board chairman.


Parker and Robert Connell did not return candidate surveys to the Gazette.


Dean M. Connell (I)

Address: 5935 W. Hanover Road, Janesville.


Age: 45


Job: Self-employed farmer


Education: Graduated from Parkview High School


Community service: Town of Rock Planning and Zoning Commission; member of the oversight committee for the Rock Valley Correctional Institute.


Elected posts: Current member of the Rock Town Board


Major campaign issues: "Working closely with the other members of the town board and other governmental officials to get the most bang for our dollar on fixing roads and other public services such as the police and fire station."


Bryce O'Leary (I)

Address: 5903 W. Tripp Road, Janesville.


Age: 54


Job: Farmer, custom forage harvester.


Education: Graduated from Parker High School in 1973; attended UW-Madison from 1973 to 1976. Has attended training sessions in emergency management, storm water and road maintenance.


Community service: Wisconsin Towns Association Board of Review in 2003, 2006 and 2008; volunteer at the Rock County 4-H Fair; chairman of the Rock County Towns Storm Water Consortium; represents the town of Rock on the Stateline Area Transportation Study Committee; member of Rock County farmland preservation and hazard mitigation planning committees; town of Rock cemetery and comprehensive plan committee.


Elected posts: Town board member from 2003-09.


Major campaign issues: "Taxes and funding with lower state revenue in 2010. Road maintenance and repairs. Boundary agreements with the town of Beloit and city of Janesville. Working with the city and county on the towns storm water management plan. Putting together a volunteer effort for the landscape worn on the planned cemetery expansion."


Frank Schneider

Address: 3931 S. Murray Road, Janesville.


Age: 57


Job: Rock County Highway Department


Education: Graduated from Craig High School in 1970


Community service: None


Elected posts: None at this time


Major campaign issue: "I've worked in Rock Township for several years now. I'm running as a write-in supervisor. I believe people of Rock should get prompt and unbiased answers. Decision as a group, not for personal gain. I'm looking forward to working for you."



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