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Three Rock County Board incumbents to face challengers

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Gazette staff
March 22, 2012

Six candidates are competing for three seats on the Rock County Board.


The election is Tuesday, April 3.


District 24

Rich Bostwick (I)


Age: 56


Address: 61 Harrison St., Janesville.


Job: IMC director at Fort Atkinson Middle School


Education: Bachelor's degree in education from UW-Whitewater in 1977; MEPD in 1980.


Community service: Volunteer for GIFTS Men's Homeless Shelter, Above and Beyond Dog Rescue, Friends of Rockport Park; Blackhawk Technical College trustee and board member for Janesville Presents.


Elected posts: Rock County Board of Supervisors from April 2006 to present.


Major campaign issues: "There are many issues facing Rock County, like unfunded state mandates, farmland preservation and finishing the Rock Haven project properly. Yet one issue that poses a grave and loner-lasting threat is the infiltration of partisan politics into county government. This usually results in polarization and gridlock, which we do not need whatsoever."


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Catherine E. Myers


Age: 49


Address: 515 St. Lawrence Ave., Janesville.


Job: English teacher at Hononegah High School, Rockton, Ill.


Education: Bachelor of Arts in English from Westminster College in 1984; Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary English education from the University of Iowa in 1993; Master of Science in integrating technology in the classroom from Walden University in 2005.


Community service: Member of Westminster Women's Association, Kappa Kappa Gamma Philanthropy/Clean Up; volunteered for Promoting Awareness Creates Tolerance, Relay for Life and various Democracy Rocks-Janesville programs.


Elected posts: None


Major campaign issues: "The Rock County Board of Supervisors needs to communicate more with the community in order to better serve the community. By improving communication, the board becomes more responsive to people's needs and accountable to taxpayers, and citizens become more engaged in helping the county solve problems."


District 25

David N. Innis (I)


Age: 61


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; practical nurse licensure from Blackhawk Technical College in 2006.


Community service: Twenty years of community mental health service; hospital volunteer in Olango Island, Philippines, in 2009; Peace Corps volunteer in the 1980s.


Elected posts: Served five years on the Outagamie County Board starting in 1978; Rock County Board of Supervisors since 2010.


Major campaign issues: "To safeguard services for the vulnerable elderly. Aggressive but environmentally sound economic development to create jobs. This means allowing development of a casino and a huge dairy but without giving up environmental safety standards. Reform of our seven family courts. The county must provide leadership to the Legislature on how to make family court less adversarial so kids don't get caught up in the middle."


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Billy Bob Grahn


Age: 56


Address: 152 S. Locust St., Janesville.


Job: Founder/director of Red Road Rooming House, Janesville.


Community service: Co-chair of Neighborhood Action Team; member of Peace Park executive committee; Rock County Homelessness Intervention Task Force past chairman; Diversity Action Team study circle facilitator; volunteer for Movies in the Park, neighborhood cleanups, Downtown Cleanup Day, community gardens at Wilson Elementary School and Washington Park, Governor's Task Force on Homelessness and State Continuum of Care.


Elected posts: Rock County Board of Supervisors, 2008-10.


Major campaign issues: "My tribal elders taught me that to consider myself a member of any community, I must serve that community in some public way. My priorities are making sure our community elders and vulnerable citizens are cared for, buying and contracting locally wherever possible, and not rubber-stamping contracts."


District 9

David W. Diestler (I)


Age: 52


Address: 5832 N. Glenmoor Lane, Janesville.


Job: Zoning officer, town of Harmony and town of Beloit. Past executive director of the American Red Cross—South Central Wisconsin Chapter.


Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from UW-Whitewater in 1983; Master of Business Administration in marketing from UW-Whitewater in 1991.


Community service: Volunteer executive director, Southern Wisconsin Emergency Preparedness Team; committee member, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters; committee member, Heightened Awareness Team; volunteer, Rock County Emergency Management Department.


Elected posts: Two terms on Rock County Board of Supervisors.


Major campaign issues: "Bringing new jobs to Rock County. If the county wants to attract new businesses, it must continue to maintain and build its infrastructure and support expansion of our highways, airport, colleges/universities and other facilities.


"Stray animals—the Humane Society has indicated that they plan to stop stray animal service in Rock County by the end of this year. This leaves the municipalities and towns without a place to drop off the 3,000-plus animals that are left as strays on our streets and in our neighborhoods every year."


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Dave Brown


Age: 74


Address: 6313 N. River Road, Janesville.


Job: Retired telecommunications specialist


Education: Master of Science in computer science from UW-Madison in 1964.


Community service: Member of Taxpayers' Association; renewable energy educator and consultant.


Elected posts: Town of Fulton supervisor, 2008-12.


Major campaign issues: "Farmland preservation—agriculture is the county's primary economic engine. I support land division policies that can strike a balance between allowing responsible residential and industrial development and preserving prime cropland. We should continue to support purchase of development rights programs while following the Rock County PACE Program Manual."



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