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Two races on ballot for Walworth County Board

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
April 1, 2010

There will be two races on the April 6 ballot for the Walworth County Board, although an incumbent is running as a write-in candidate against a challenger in a third district.


District 5 incumbent Claudia J. Holst is being challenged by newcomer Carl Redenius of Delavan. The district includes Darien Township wards 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6; Delavan Township wards 4, 5 and 6; Richmond Township wards 1, 2 and 3; Whitewater Township ward 2; the village of Darien, and city of Delavan wards 12 and 13.


District 2 incumbent Joe Schaefer is being challenged by Roy Lightfield of Burlington, who previously served on the board almost 40 years, including two years as chairman. The district includes the LaFayette Township; Lyons Township; Spring Prairie Township, and Troy Township wards 2 and 3; the city of Burlington ward 17 and city of Lake Geneva wards 22 and 25.


In District 3, Russ Wardle of Elkhorn will be the only candidate on the ballot, but the incumbent, Mark Bromley, is running as a registered write-in candidate. District 3 includes the La Grange Township, Sugar Creek Township, Whitewater Township Wards 1 and 3, and the city of Whitewater wards 1, 2, 12, 16, 18 and 19.


In District 9, incumbent Jim Van Dreser is not seeking re-election, and Richard Brandl of Clinton is running unopposed.


Bios

Claudia J. Holst


Age: 56


Address: N7761 E. Lakeshore Drive, Whitewater.


Job: Several part-time jobs


Education: Attended Mundelein College in Chicago (now Loyola University Chicago) and UW-Whitewater


Community involvement: Newsletter editor for Norwegian Elkhound Association of America and member of Greater Milwaukee Norwegian Elkhound Association


Elected positions: Walworth County Board (2008-present)


Major campaign issue: Walworth County is such a beautiful area, and you've got rural and vacation lands that I would like to see maintained. We know that no matter what, growth is inevitable. I would like to see growth controlled where we want it to grow and how we want it done, so we can maintain the county's rural charm.


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Roy T. Lightfield


Age: 82


Address: W1706 Potter Road, Burlington.


Job: Retired


Education: East Troy High School (1945) and farm short course at UW-Madison


Community service: Zoning alternate on Walworth County Board of Adjustment, 2009-present, and county representative on Honey Lake Rehabilitation and Improvement Association, 25 years.


Elected positions: Walworth County Board, 1965-1988, 1992-2008; Spring Prairie Town Board for about 40 years.


Major campaign issue: I'm very much interested in conservation. I'm interested in conserving soil. I'm interested in farming practices, and I'd like to preserve that stuff as much as we can.


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Carl A. Redenius


Age: 41


Address: W8411 Turtle Lake Road, Delavan.


Job: Self-employed farmer


Education: Whitewater High School, 1987; auto body degree from Blackhawk Technical College, 1988.


Community service: Town of Richmond Plan Commissioner, 2009-present.


Major campaign issue: The Working Lands Initiative has the potential to affect more than 700 agricultural landowners. The board may take away this eligibility that provided more than $400,000 of tax credits in 2005. No farmers sit on the current board. Agriculture, especially in this predominately rural district, needs representation. I will improve communication and cooperation between governmental bodies and take a more active role in county proceedings.


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Joe Schaefer


Age: 66


Address: 6070 N. Railroad St., Lyons.


Job: Business owner


Education: St. Mary's High School, Burlington.


Community service: U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, 1966-67; member of local chapters of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.


Elected positions: Walworth County Board, 1974-present.


Major campaign issue: Keeping tax levies in place. We also need to work together with employees to work out details on county health care benefits, which has been a challenge. We need to continue to offer programs that people want, taking advantage of our current infrastructure to continue preventive maintenance without raising taxes.


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Russ S. Wardle


Age: 51


Address: N7024 Lakeshore Ave., Elkhorn.


Job: Residential contractor


Education: Bachelor's degree in mission aviation technology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill.


Community service: None


Elected positions: None


Major campaign issue: Fiscal responsibility at all levels of government. That's the primary thing. I have become alarmed at the spending on the federal and state levels, and I know that the county interfaces with the federal and state government a lot in disbursing their funds. We need to be responsible each time we receive those funds. I think the county has done a reasonable job controlling spending and levy. During this time of recession, I think the county has to hold itself to zero percent growth for the next two years. For 2010-11, the emphasis should be on not having any increase in taxes.


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Mark Bromley


Address: W5838 Greening Road, Whitewater.


The Gazette was unable to reach Bromley for comments.



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