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Six run for four seats on Beloit City Council

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Dennis Hines/CSI Media
March 21, 2012
— Three newcomers and three incumbents are on the April 3 ballot for four seats on the Beloit City Council.

David Botts name also will be on the ballot, but he suspended his campaign after announcing he would take a job requiring him to move to Janesville. Incumbent Eric Newnham is not running for re-election.


Kim Mork


Age: Not given


Address: 1822 Sun Valley Drive


Job: UW-Extension Rock County, administrative staff.


Education: One year at UW-Whitewater. Graduated with honors in 2003 from Blackhawk Technical College, associate degree.


Community service: Block captain for the Neighborhood Watch Program she started in her neighborhood in 2009, volunteered as a Salvation Army bell-ringer, held forums for the candidates in the 2010 elections; election observer in the 2010 election.


Elected posts: None.


Major campaign issue: Since 2008, I have been researching the issues that adversely affect our nation, analyzing and studying what is causing the problems we face as Americans. I will bring the same energy and knowledge into finding solutions to local issues, making educated decisions, and most importantly, representing the people of Beloit.


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Charles M. Haynes


Age: 44


Address: 209 Portland Ave.


Job: Automotive claims adjuster for Zurich


Education: Attended the University of Maryland, Missouri Western State University and Longview Community College. Completed an associate degree in automotive technologies with additional credit work.


Community service: Beloit America in Bloom committee, Rotary Club of Beloit; Beloit Landmarks Commission, Beloit Alcohol Beverage Licensing and Control Committee.


Elected posts: Elected to the Beloit City Council in 2008.


Major campaign issue: Economic development always is the issue. It drives and underlies all the actions the city makes. Every action from preserving services, public safety to infrastructures renovations, and revitalizing our parks is done to increase the quality of life in Beloit, yes, but in doing so enhance our broader reputation and make us more attractive to the best quality businesses.


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Mike Zoril


Age: 27


Address: 1756 Carlyle Road


Job: Financial analyst at Kerry Ingredients in Beloit and small business owner in Beloit.


Education: UW-Madison bachelor's degree in finance, investments and banking with breadth studies in accounting and real estate. Graduated May 2007.


Community service: Greater Beloit Young Professionals Advisory member, Beloit Board of Review.


Elected posts: None


Major campaign issue: My finance and accounting background gives me real-world experience for solving budgetary challenges impacting Beloit. I believe this is why council member Dave Luebke and businessman Bill Cunningham endorse me. I will work toward increasing employment, supporting public safety and creating tax relief.


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James Van De Bogart


Address: 2091 W. Collingswood


Age: 60


Job: Attorney


Education: Bachelor's degree in journalism from the UW-Madison in 1973. Juris doctorate degree Marquette University Law School in 1976.


Community service: YMCA board of directors, including two years as president; Beloit Regional Hospice board member; Rotary Gardens board member and president for two years; numerous volunteer positions with Welty Enviromental Center, Rock River First, Riverfest, Meals on Wheels and BIFF.


Elected posts: Elected to the Beloit City Council in 2004, serving on most of the committees, two years as president and two years as vice president.


Major campaign issue: Grow the tax base and increase economic activity. Our recent success with NorthStar, expansion of Kerry and Kettle are great and necessary additions to Beloit. Success with national recognitions including Main Street and All America City finalist can help get us on the short list for consideration, but to close the deal, we have to be competent and aggressive in economic development arena.


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Chuck Kincaid


Age: 75


Address: 1611 Emerson St.


Job: Retired


Education: Roosevelt University, bachelor's degree in geography; Illinois Institute of Technology, master's degree in city and regional planning.


Community service: Beloit Board of Appeals, Beloit's Society for Learning Unlimited (SLU), past president and board member; Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, past board member and finance committee.


Elected posts: None


Major campaign issue: Beloit needs jobs. Unemployment is the defining issue with the target being family-supporting jobs. Infrastructure and public services help sell Beloit. Keep it efficient and responsive. Support the referendum. Our kids are getting a good education, but the schoolhouse is in crisis. It's critical to attracting new business, families with children and homebuyers.


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Sheila De Forest


Age: 43


Address: 1035 Pleasant St.


Job: Social worker-housing stabilization programs manager with Family Services-SWANI. Former teacher, community organizer and nonprofit organization director.


Education: Beloit College, Bachelor of Arts in English and sociology and teacher certification in 1990, master's degree in teaching in 1991.


Community service: Served on many community boards, participated in extensive volunteer work and held numerous advocacy positions.


Elected posts: Elected to the Beloit City Council in 2008.


Major campaign issue: I am sensitive to the responsibility I have to taxpayers about the good stewardship of their funds. I strive to balance the need to keep Beloit a beautiful, vibrant, healthy and safe place where families want to live and employers want to relocate to, with the need to not overburden families with exorbitant taxes and service fees that are difficult for them to bear.



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