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Two advance in Rock County Board race

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ANN MARIE AMES
February 17, 2010
— Only a handful of votes separated the winners from the loser Tuesday in the race to represent Janesville’s north side on the Rock County Board.

Newcomer Kathy Kelm came out two votes above incumbent Jane Thompson. Newcomer Wes Davis was cut out of the race even though he was just four votes behind Thompson.


Four voters wrote in their choices, according to the county’s unofficial result totals.


Kelm said voters want to see change.


“They want a new perspective, a different set of eyes on the issues,” Kelm said. She says she will accomplish that by “listening to voters, talking to them, investigating the county’s committees and learning from the people.”


Kelm said she talked to a lot of potential voters who weren’t aware of the county board’s role. It would help county government to get that information out, she said.


Kelm brings a new perspective because she recently moved to Janesville from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she said.


On the other hand, Thompson is a lifelong resident of the Janesville area and has a vested interest in how county functions in the community where her family and friends live, she said.


“It’s highly important to me to make sure the services for our aging population are taken care of and provided for,” Thompson said.


The county has been wise to support UW-Rock County and to continue working to cut jail and law enforcement costs through the work of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, she said.


“Voters want to see fiscal responsibility,” Thompson said. “They want to see the board making good decision for our residents.”



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