Five battle for Sharon Village Board seats

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March 31, 2009
— Four people are challenging one incumbent for two seats on the Sharon Village Board.

Board member and past Chamber of Commerce President Michael Brooke is challenged by former board member and board President Robert W. Carlson, and political newcomers Christina M. Hibl and Jolene M. Woodrich-Ostrander.

Jeff Vaessen

Address: 169 Baldwin St.

He did not return a candidate survey to The Janesville Gazette.

Michael E. Brooke (I)

Address: 126 Pearl St., Sharon.

Age: 58

Job: General commercial and residential contractor

Education: Earned an A.A.S. in mathematics from William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Ill., in 1970; graduated from Texas A & M University with a bachelor's degree in construction management in 1978.

Community service: Firefighter/EMT, technical safety adviser from Sharon Fire and Rescue; past president of the Sharon Lions Club; past president of the Sharon Chamber of Commerce; music director of St. Catherine Church.

Elected posts: Sharon Village Board trustee from April 2000 to Nov. 2001; has served again since being elected in 2007.

Major campaign issues: "I look forward to continuing my efforts to promote a better community for our residents."

Robert W. Carlson

Address: 103 E. Stateline Road, Sharon.

Age: 49

Job: Owner of Lookin' Good Turf and Snow Services

Education: Some college in Elgin, Ill.

Community service: Member of Sharon Main Street Association; member of Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus and Sharon Chamber of Commerce.

Elected posts: Served as village trustee from 1993-95 and in 2000. Served as village president from 2001-06.

Major campaign issues: "The past two years: no development of the downtown vacant lot, no economic stimulus for the business district, no development of the 55-acre industrial park acres, no zoning ordinance updating, limited village committees and no harmony between the village president and department heads. The present: a stagnant village."

Christina M. Hibl

Address: 173 George St., Sharon.

Age: Not listed

Job: Full-time student

Education: Currently enrolled at Blackhawk Technical College

Community service: None listed

Elected posts: None listed

Major campaign issue: "I have lived in Sharon for 22 years. I would like to help implement community awareness, community involvement and community education. The more knowledgeable the community is, the more we can accomplish as a community."

Jolene M. Woodrich-Ostrander

Address: 219 Walworth St., Sharon.

Age: 31

Job: Certified nursing assistant

Education: Graduated from Big Foot High School

Community service: None at this time

Elected posts: None at this time

Major campaign issues: None listed

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