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Four competing for three seats on Darien Village Board

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Gazette Staff
March 27, 2010

Four candidates are competing for three seats on the Darien Village Board.


Jim Abbott (I)


Age: 61


Address: 209 N. Cavanaugh Court


Job: Retired from the telephone industry


Education: Graduated from Sheboygan High School in 1966


Community service: Retired from Darien Fire and Rescue Department in 2007


Elected posts: Appointed to the village board in 2005. Did not seek re-election in 2006. Elected in 2008.


Major campaign issue: My No. 1 issue is repairing the sewers and coming up with a policy to repair laterals. They are private property, but some have obstructions such as tree roots and are damaged. The next thing would be deciding on where we're going to go with police protection—whether it's by Walworth County or village police.


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Helen Burton


Age: 43


Address: 310 N. Cavanaugh Court


Job: Special education and math intervention teacher in the Waukesha School District


Education: Graduated from Elkhorn High School in 1985; earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Marion College in 1995; earned a master's degree in 2005 from Aurora University.


Community service: Appointed to the Darien Planning Commission in 2009.


Public office: None


Major campaign issue: The village needs to heal. I would like to try to unite the board and help the village move forward. I want to see if we could cut back any more expenses. The taxpayers are getting overtaxed, and I think there's always a way we could cut spending.


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Phil Putman


Age: 73


Address: 125 W. Jefferson St.


Job: Retired


Education: Graduated from Delavan-Darien High School


Community service: Past president of the Darien Community Club; member of the Darien Cemetery Association; Meals on Wheels driver, and Darien Food Pantry volunteer.


Elected positions: Served two and a half terms on the Darien Village Board between 2003 and 2009.


Major campaign issue: I believe the police department can be local and costs can be controlled. Local taxes must be kept as low as possible and still be able to raise enough revenue to keep the village moving forward. Everything you rely on daily is there because of the taxes we pay.


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Bob Wenzel (I)


Age: 82


Address: 424 Oak Ridge Drive, Darien.


Job: Independent insurance agent


Education: Graduated in 1944 from Darien High School.


Community service: Volunteers at projects through Triune Lutheran Church, Sharon.


Elected positions: Served on the Darien Village Board from 1988 to 1992, 1994 to 1997 and 2008 to 2010. Served as the village board president from 1997 to 2007.



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