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Five vying for three seats on East Troy Village Board

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
March 29, 2010
— The village of East Troy has five candidates running for three open board seats. Trustees Randy Timms, John Alexander and Bill Joas are seeking re-election. Ann Zess, 2062 Division St., and Christopher Gultch, 2802 Woodview Court, also have filed as candidates.

William J. Joas


Age: 76


Job: Retired business owner


Education: Wabeno High School


Community involvement: Former president of East Troy Chamber of Commerce (1972-1973)


Elected positions: Trustee at village of East Troy (2006-present)


Major campaign issue: "Control and taxes. All government works on control, and they do everything possible to control their government, and taxes are a part of that. If they don't respect the people, then they have complete control of government. I have been in two terms now, and that's what it's all about. What we need is some free-spirited thinkers and reducing taxes. My voting record spells out that I'm not involved in controlling government. In my two terms on the board, I had more 'no' votes than all of the board members total."


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John J. Alexander


Age: 53


Job: Computer support supervisor at Blood Center of Wisconsin


Education: Degree in business data processing (MIS) from Milwaukee Area Technical College (1988)


Community service: Board member of East Troy Community Band, chairman of East Troy Airport Advisory Committee, member or Friends of the East Troy Airport, past member Strategic Planning Group at East Troy Economic Development Committee and member of East Troy Soccer Board


Elected positions: Village trustee (1996-present)


Major campaign issue: "Water/sewer. Our water/sewer rates are high thanks to Department of Natural Resources mandates. I don't like paying the bill any more than anyone else does. I hope that new management in the department of public works will be able to offer us options on how we can redistribute the related costs."


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Christopher Gultch


Age: 48


Job: information technology consultant


Education: Bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens Point (1988), associate's degree in Web design and administration from Gateway Technical College (2007).


Community service: Volunteer IT support specialist at Discovery World Museum (2009-2010), Wisconsin Hunter Safety instructor for more than 25 years.


Elected positions: None


Major campaign issues: "The cost of water within the village, the state Department of Transportation rebuilding of Highway 20, union contract negotiations, attracting businesses to our established business districts, development that keeps the small town atmosphere and, simply, the cost of government itself. Any government official and employee should always remember that they are at their position to serve the citizenry."


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Randy Timms


Age: 61


Job: Senior vice president at sales company


Community service: Economic development committee and the research committee for East Troy Lake


Elected positions: East Troy Village Board (2004-present), board representative to village planning commission.


Major campaign issue: "In tough economic times, it is especially important to hold the line on tax increases while continuing to provide adequate levels of service. With county, state and educational taxes rising, it makes the job of operating the village all the more difficult. Reaching suitable solutions that continue to provide a high quality of life to all our citizens is on ongoing effort that takes both care and persistence. We have seen many significant improvements in the village, and more will come, but only through hard work and complete communication can we achieve these common goals."


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Ann T. Zess


Age: 43


Job: President/chief financial officer at Allan Integrated Control Systems, East Troy.


Education: Bachelor's degree in health information from UW-Milwaukee (1988)


Community service: East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce (1997-2005, 2006-present), currently board member, previously president, vice president, secretary and treasurer; vice president and treasurer at Healthy Communities Coop (2007-present).


Elected positions: None


Major campaign issue: "Cost control and holding down taxes. The board needs to look outside the box for answers. We need to evaluate every expense, or position held, based on absolute necessity. We need to consider teaming up with surrounding governments in order to consolidate as many services as feasible or possible. The notion of an unlimited supply of government (tax payer) money is ending."



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