Diverse group in race for Milton City Council

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
— In the April 6 election for the Milton City Council's three open seats, the template isn't broken. It simply doesn't exist.

The five candidates running for alderperson range in age, occupation and personal background. Two are incumbents; three have no political experience.

They all share a common trait: Their fervor for local issues is all over the map.

Incumbent Dave Adams, 67, a city alderman since 2008, said he's still seeking closure on alleged odor and emissions issues at the United Ethanol plant.

"I've spoken my mind about United Ethanol on a few occasions. I continue to want to see a lot of the outstanding issues resolved with United," Adams told the Gazette.

Adams also is interested in keeping local taxes low and construction of new fire, police, and public works facilities.

The race's other incumbent, Lynda Clark, 49, said the city should rekindle a parks committee. She said that would spur local recreation improvements.

"You really need to have inexpensive family recreation in your town," Clark said. "You need the simple things like bike paths and updated park equipment. It's all part of the family experience."

Clark's also interested in construction of a new public works facility and on-foot checkups for exterior problems on local buildings.

The youngest candidate, Jessica Chesmore, a 22-year-old criminal justice student, said she'd like to see a combined police/fire facility come to fruition.

"I think it should be looked at as a combined station, to save taxpayers money and because it would be ideal for communications between police and fire," Chesmore said.

Chesmore also is interested in enhancing business fronts in Milton and "encouraging people to come off the Highway 26 bypass into the city."

Robert McLinn, 42, a field manager for JC Penney, said he's concerned about the Highway 26 bypass in 2014 and how it will affect commerce in Milton.

"We really need to look at how to continue business development so that a few years down the road people won't drive right by Milton," McLinn said.

McLinn also favors facility needs for police, fire and the department of public works.

Nancy Lader, 64, a retired draftsman and an apartment manager, says she wants Milton to stay affordable.

"Hidden costs like the 20 percent rise in trash pickup fees in 2009 need to be examined," Lader said in a written statement.

Lader also wants to explore all options for a new public works facility, to keep home assessments "in line with realistic market values," and to maintain maximum services with minimum tax impact.


David J. Adams (I)

Address: 717 Rainbow Drive, Milton.

Age: 67

Job: Retired senior engineer at General Motors.

Education: Graduated from Harvard High School, Harvard, Ill.

Community service: none

Elected posts: Milton alderman


Jessica M. Chesmore

Address: 345 Elm St., Milton.

Age: 22

Job: Full-time student

Education: Graduated from Milton High School in 2006; currently attending Blackhawk Technical College seeking a degree in criminal justice.

Community service: none

Elected posts: none


Lynda Clark (I)

Address: 1015 Brown Drive, Milton

Age: 49

Job: Business service specialist at Ikon Business Services.

Education: Madison Area Technical College, continuing professional development.

Community service: PTA, Prairie hike seeding, Milton dog park development.

Elected posts: Milton alderperson


Nancy Lader

Age: 64

Address: 229 Garden Lane, Milton.

Job: Apartment manager, retired draftsman.

Education: Bachelor's in business administration, Cardinal Stritch.

Community service: Milton Food Pantry, Milton Historic Preservation Commission, Milton 4H co-chair, Boy Scout committee.

Elected posts: none


Robert J. McLinn

Age: 42

Address: 535 E. Madison Ave., Milton.

Job: Field manager, JC Penney.

Education: Graduated from Brown County High School, 1967.

Community service: U.S. Army Reserve, 1985-92.

Elected posts: none

Last updated: 1:03 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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