Walworth County Board races feature eight candidates
Eight candidates are seeking four seats on the Walworth County Board.
Two candidates each are running for seats representing District 6, District 8, District 9 and District 10.
James M. Boardman Sr.
Address: 312 W. Fourth Ave., Elkhorn.
Job: Purchasing agent/inventory control manager at Mann Capital Management
Education: Elkhorn Area High School graduate, 1958; some classes toward police science degree at Gateway Technical College, 1969 to 1971.
Community service: Charter member of Elkhorn Jaycees from 1963 to 1970, serving as president, state director, state vice president; national director for U.S. Jaycees in 1968; emergency medical technician on Elkhorn area ambulance from 1971 to 1986; adviser to EAHS DECA club from 1972 to 1980; adviser for Gateway power mechanics from 1972 to 1982; president of Elkhorn Police and Fire Commission for six years; Walworth County Selective Service from 1979-1992 and 1999-2011.
Elected posts: Elkhorn alderman, 1976 to 1982.
What role should the county play in economic development? The county can't create any jobs but it can help promote the communities here and the industry and business in the county.
Address: 217 N. Church St., Elkhorn.
Job: Retired captain with the Walworth County Sheriff's Office, retired Elkhorn Police Department reserve patrolman, part-time security guard at Andes Candies in Delavan.
Education: Elkhorn Area High School graduate, 1976; U.S. Army military police school at Fort McClellan, Ala.; certification as military police officer, 1980; Blackhawk Technical College, police academy, certification as Wisconsin police officer, 1981; Madison Area Technical College, associate degree in criminal justice, 1991; Concordia University, bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration, 1994; Northwestern University Traffic Institute, school of staff and command certification, 1997; FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program certification, 2007.
Community service: Volunteer at VIP Industries in Elkhorn, member at-large of the Walworth County Alliance for Children.
Elected posts: None
What role should the county play in economic development? Walworth County provides a solid infrastructure that attracts businesses to locate here and allows for growth and sustainability of established enterprises. I believe that county government can best contribute to economic development by maintaining the high quality of service we currently enjoy while encouraging worthy investors to consider us.
Daniel G. Kilkenny (I)
Address: N3616 Elm Ridge Road, Delavan.
Job: Attorney with a general practice in Delavan
Education: Bachelor's degree in economics from UW-Madison, law degree from University of Wisconsin Law School.
Community service: Secretary/treasurer and trustee of the Delavan Cemetery Association, 1984 to present; president of the Walworth County Cemetery Association, 1993 to present; director of the Land Trust of Walworth County, 2005 to 2009; past secretary/treasurer of the Walworth County Bar Association; coached Delavan recreation youth baseball teams; appointee to Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing Cemetery Task Force, 1998 to 1999.
Elected posts: Walworth County Board, 2006 to present; Walworth County Board vice chairman, 2010 to present: Darien Town Board, 2001 to present; co-chairman of the Town of Darien Plan Commission, 2005 to present; chairman of the Walworth County Smart Growth Technical Advisory Committee, 2005 to 2009; commissioner of the Delavan Lake Sanitary District, 1991 to 1992.
Major campaign issue: The county should continue to improve its financial situation by paying down debts and maintaining its assets in good condition. The county has improved its buildings and is making great strides in paying off debt early. I would like to see a decrease in the county property tax levy next year. I think it is achievable to lower taxes and maintain the county's essential assets and services.
John K. Finley
Address: 127 Terrace St., Delavan.
Job: Security consultant and owner of Finley Security Alarms
Education: Graduate of the Belsaw School of Locksmithing in Kansas City, Mo.
Community service: Volunteer photographer for several Lakeland Animal Shelter fundraisers; Delavan Board of Zoning Review; Delavan Communications Commission; member of Delavan Historical Society and its committee to save the Israel Stowell Temperance House; volunteer photographer for Aram Public Library.
Elected posts: Delavan alderman in 2006 and 2008. While alderman, served on the water and sewer commission and board of review and the general operations, public works, Delavan Lake, tri-city, communications committees.
Major campaign issue: Delivering vital services at reasonable cost to our taxpayers is very important to me. We must balance reasonable business growth with preserving our scenic lakes and countryside. We must attract jobs that pay well while keeping an eye on the taxpayers' money. We must improve the future of Walworth County.
Richard Brandl (I)
Address: N2084 County Line Road, Clinton.
Job: Employed by Dave Brandl Farm
Education: Clinton High School graduate, associate degree from UW-Rock County
Community service: Member of Town of Sharon Plan Commission and Town of Sharon Board of Review; served as Sharon Township representative to the Walworth County Technical Advisory Committee for the 2035 Smart Growth Plan.
Elected posts: Walworth County Board, 2010 to present; town of Sharon chairman, 2011 to present; supervisor No. 2 for town of Sharon, 2001 to 2011.
Major campaign issue: To provide the services the county residents expect at the most cost effective means while maintaining the quality of services. We need to keep exploring the use of new technologies as they become available to see if we can apply that technology to any of our departments.
George Spadoni Jr.
Address: 540 Oak St., Fontana.
Job: Human resources
Education: Associate degree in business administration from Thornton Community College in South Holland, Ill.; bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.; master's degree in business administration from DePaul University in Chicago.
Community service: Member of the Big Foot Lions Club
Elected posts: Fontana village trustee from 1997 to 2003 and 2007 to present, chairman of the village planning committee, member of the human resources committee and the protection committee; past member of the planning commission; past chairman of the finance committee, environmental committee and protection committee.
Major campaign issue: During these hard economic times, the county must continue to look for ways to reduce expenses but at the same time fully support all of the departments in balancing funding requirements with the highest level of service to the taxpayers of Walworth County. My experience in the areas of human resource management, employee relations, labor relations and budgeting will assist the various department heads and the county administrator with the ultimate goal of moving the county forward during these difficult times.
Kenneth H. Monroe
Address: W1500 Sunset Drive, Pell Lake.
Job: Operator of Monroe's Auto Service
Education: Milwaukee Area Technical College
Community service: Genoa City Lions Club
Elected posts: Town of Bloomfield supervisor/chairman since 1992; secretary/treasurer for Wisconsin Towns Association, 2003.
What role should the county play in economic development? I think the combination of a public-private venture is a great system.
Address: 323 Southeastern Court, Genoa City.
Job: Small business owner, jewelry manufacturer and artist.
Education: Glenbrook South High School, Glenbrook, Ill., 1977.
Community service: Member of the 2020 Smart Growth Committee; wrote a Safe Routes to School grant; past chairwoman of the Nippersink Trail Project; past chairwoman of Friends of Genoa City; volunteer at the Trail of History in Ringwood, Ill., the Festival of Sugar Maples and Time Travelers Day Camp.
Elected posts: None
What role should the county play in economic development? The county looks at the big picture, helping to bring our diversity of business and professionals—as well as culture and the natural beauty—together. A new, exciting idea—alternative currency, which is growing in popularity—is used locally and boosts commerce by offering slightly higher values and discounts. And we can enrich the local scene: recognize, protect and create curb appeal to attract potential new businesses and visitors as well as encourage our residents to support existing commercial areas.