Four candidates seek two Fulton board posts

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
— Four people are running for two seats on the Fulton Town Board.

Craig Strouse formerly served the town as a police officer, and Andy Walton and Michelle Staff have served on its planning and zoning committee. Duane Murwin did not respond to requests for information.

Duane Murwin

Murwin did not respond to requests for candidate information.

Michelle J. Staff

Age: 38

Address: 6331 N. Consolidated School Road, Janesville.

Job: Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Department

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in 1996 from UW-Whitewater and master's degree in public administration from UW-Oshkosh in 2004.

Community service: Town of Fulton planning and zoning committee and the Rock County Humane Society

Elected posts: None

Major campaign issue: I am running so I can help shape the town of Fulton's future. I believe my career as a planning and zoning administrator coupled with my educational background and experience working with all levels of government makes me a well-qualified candidate. I look forward to the opportunity to serve my community.

Craig L. Strouse

Age: 40

Address: 9030 County H, Edgerton.

Job: Operational captain at the Rock County Jail

Education: Bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 2005 from Upper Iowa University and a graduate of Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School.

Community service: Coached youth baseball and football and instructed hunter safety.

Elected posts: Edgerton School Board from April 2009 to April 2012.

Major campaign issue: Fulton Township has been governed well for generations. I served as a police officer for the township for many years and only stopped serving when my full-time career reached a point that made continued service impractical. I seek election with a desire to serve my community without an agenda.

Andy Walton

Age: 59

Address: 6001 W. County M, Edgerton.

Job: Electrical design manager at Angus Young Associates in Janesville.

Education: Attended UW-Whitewater from 1971 to 1973 and graduated from Blackhawk Technical College's electrical apprenticeship program in 1981.

Community service: Served on the town of Fulton board of adjustments from 2005 to 2008 and its planning and zoning committee from 2008 to present. Member of the committee to establish land evaluation and site assessment scores to assist in farmland preservation decisions. Active in developing the town's comprehensive zoning plan. Member of the state's electrical code advisory committee. Member of the Janesville Noon Rotary Club. Hosted and helped organize the first five annual Rock County Youth Outdoor Skills Activity Days. Helped organize the first annual Great Upland Cancer Shoot Out fundraising event for the Rock County Cancer Coalition.

Elected posts: Town of Fulton supervisor for two terms (2001 through 2005).

Major campaign issue: The town's zoning ordinances are being updated with a focus on farmland preservation. My experience with our ordinances will help assure that these updates can be easily understood and will balance farmland preservation with property rights without placing excessive government regulations and costs on Fulton citizens.

Last updated: 7:51 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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