Rock County Board races
Jack D. Crook
Address: 6219 S. Highway 51, No. 306, Janesville.
Job: Small business owner and retired clinical social worker
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in 1959; attended post-graduate classes at the University of Chicago, Smith College and the Menninger Foundation.
Community service: Founder of Challenge House drug recovery programs
Public office: None listed
Major campaign issue: In contrast to the incumbent, I would not have voted for every spending bill presented this past year. With higher real estate taxes, foreclosures, unemployment numbers, do we need to spend hundreds of thousands to improve an airport terminal that has no passengers or airline service?
The Gazette was unable to reach incumbent Hank Brill for information about his candidacy.
The Gazette could not reach former board member Marshall Bown for information about his campaign.
Bown represented the board’s 12th District on Beloit’s northeast side until the summer of 2009 when he moved out of the district. He was elected to the board in 2004 after running unopposed. He was the vice chairman of the education, veterans and aging services committee and a member of the human services board.
Bettie Jo Bussie (I)
Address: 1942 Fairview Drive, Beloit.
Job: Retired Rock County Circuit Court clerk
Elected posts: Has served on the Rock County Board since 1994. Currently serves on the staff, public works and health services committees.
Major campaign issue: Whether or not we’ve got to build a new nursing home, renovating the current one or not getting out of the nursing home business altogether. I’m not for getting out. The county has made strides in lowering the jail population, but needs to keep working in that direction.
Julie A. Spangler
Address: 2304 Rutledge Ave., Janesville.
Job: Caregiver at Home Instead Senior Care
Education: Attending UW-Rock County; Attended Colorado State University in 1983 and 1984.
Community service: HospiceCare volunteer and liaison to Parker High School; Veterans for a Change administrator; Monster Machine in Motion board member; LaborFest parade committee; Fishing with the Vets volunteer; Christmas with the Vets volunteer; former chairwoman of the UAW Region 4 Veterans Women’s Round Table; UAW Veterans Committee; co-chairwoman of the UAW community service committee.
Major campaign issue: Due to the major economic stress our community has faced, I feel I can be an asset to the Rock County Board due to my community service. As a cochlear advocate, I helped legislators pass a bill last year mandating insurances to pay for hearing aids/cochlear implants for children.
J. Russell Podzilni (I)
Address: 1510 Morningside Drive, Janesville.
Job: Retired owner of Janesville Printing Company. Worked for three years as assistant director of admissions at Lawrence University.
Education: Earned a degree in economics from Lawrence University, Appleton.
Community service: Service on the YMCA Board of Directors for 10 years including two years as the board president; member of the United Way Board of Directors; past president of YMCA’s Swim Club; four years as Rock County jury commissioner.
Major campaign issue: Jobs! My top priority is attracting new business and jobs to Rock County. I support spending restraints in the budget. I oppose unfunded mandates from state and federal governments. I favor remodeling or building a new county nursing home and the purchase of agricultural conservation easements through a PACE/PDR program.
William “Billy Bob” Grahn (I)
Address: 152 S. Locust St., Janesville.
Job: Founder and director of Red Road House, Janesville.
Education: Earned a high school equivalency degree from a tribal college in 1978.
Community service: Founding member of the Fourth Ward and Look West Neighborhood Action Team; volunteer at Large Item Pick-Up and Fourth Ward Park cleanup; worked with Fourth Ward and Washington parks movie nights and community gardens; donor and volunteer at Wilson School bike rodeo; volunteer with downtown Janesville cleanup; facilitator and executive committee member of the Rock County Diversity Action Team; member of the Governor’s homeless task force; member of the Peace Park, Janesville, executive committee; member of the Rock County Homeless Intervention Task Force.
Public office: Elected to the Rock County Board in 2008
Major campaign issue: To see to it that the most vulnerable citizens of Rock County are taken care of and receive the services they need … the best services possible.
David N. Innis
Address: 320 Park Ave., Janesville.
Job: Licensed practical nurse at St. Elizabeth Home, Janesville.
Education: Master’s degree in social work from the University of Louisville in 1975; master’s degree in public administration from UW-Oshkosh in 1983, licensed as a nurse at Blackhawk Technical College in 2006.
Community service: Volunteer at Santa Rosa Community Hospital, Philippines, in 2008. Peace Corps volunteer in the 1980s.
Public office: Served for five years on the Outagamie County Board starting in 1978.
Major campaign issue: In addition to attracting employment and balancing the budget, my special area of interest is making Rock County’s family courts user friendly by expanding mediation services, offering in-service training for judges, allowing citizen input on how to improve court services and finding more innovative child custody and visitation solutions.
Dave B. Homan
Address: 4222 Hanover Road, Janesville
Job: Former Janesville General Motors plant employee
Education: Graduated from Parker High School in 1979; earned an airframe and power plant mechanic certification in 2007 from Blackhawk Technical College.
Community service: Volunteered at AirFest; March of Dimes volunteer
Public office: None
Major campaign issue: I believe that helping Rock County is a job for all people. But I believe that jobs and the way that the county opens itself up to the creation of jobs is very important. Rock County should look within itself and its leaders to create new opportunities for everyone.
Larry Wiedenfeld (I)
Address: 2025 W. Wall St., Janesville
Job: Retired. Part-time substitute teacher at Craig and Parker high schools as well as Edison, Marshall and Franklin middle schools.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in dairy science with a minor in agricultural economics in 1958; master’s degree in cooperative extension education in 1970.
Community service: Member of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging and former member of the Rock County Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Elected office: Has served on the Rock County Board since 2002. Is a member of the agriculture and land conservation committees and the public safety and justice committee. Elected to the Lake Mills Area School Board from 1971 to 1980; was the Aztalan Town Board chairman from 1975 to 1977. Aztalan Township is in Jefferson County.
Major campaign issue: The major campaign issue is dual—whether to renovate the Rock Haven Health Care Center or build a new facility for our current 130 patients. This is integral with the planning and development of the 2011 budget. The needs of our Rock County citizens must be dealt with wisely but also prudently.
Katie M. Kuznacic (I)
Address: 83 S. Harmony Drive, Janesville.
Job: Legislative aide to Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan
Education: Earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and public relations from UW-Whitewater; is a 2010 Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs Wisconsin Women in Government Graduate Seminar scholar.
Community Service: Member of Rockport and Riverside parks friends groups since 2005; volunteer with ECHO, Salvation Army and United Way.
Public office: Elected to the Rock County Board in April 2008. Member of the health services and land conservation committees, the Pecatonica rail transit and Wisconsin River Rail Transit commissions; member of the ad hoc purchase of agricultural conservation easements committee.
Major campaign issue: I have a strong commitment to public service and am a voice to the residents of Rock County. I have brought a fresh and fair-handed approach to the board over the past two years and look forward to continuing my service to the county.
Fred E. Yoss
Address: 317 Clark St., Janesville.
Job: Civil engineer; CT/MRI specialist.
Education: Earned an avionics certification from Blackhawk Technical College in 1976.
Community service: Member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern Wisconsin Advisory Committee; referee at Janesville’s Rotary corn roast mud volleyball tournament; produce recipe of the month judge at the Janesville Farmers Market.
Public office: Served on the Rock County Board from 2005 to 2008.
Major campaign issue: I will provide integrity and representation as your county supervisor. I served in the position from 2005 to 2008. I have always maintained a local phone line to hear ideas and concerns. There are many creative businessmen and women in the district. I will bring these resources to the board to create jobs.