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Four seek spots on Sharon Village Board

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Catherine W. Idzerda
March 31, 2012
— Four people are running for three seats on the Sharon Village Board.

Incumbents Thomas Poyer and Robert Sachs face newcomer Pamela Schutt and former village president Robert Carlson.


Incumbent Bill Springhorn is not running.


Robert Carlson


Age: 52


Address: 103 E. Stateline Road, Sharon.


Job: Owner of Lookin' Good Turf & Snow Services


Education: One year of college


Community service: President of the Sharon Main Street organization.


Elected posts: Former village trustee, three years, former village president, six years.


Major campaign issues: Carlson said his goals have been "the same forever: lower taxes and bring businesses into the community."


Carlson doesn't want the downtown to be "let go," especially when so much is at stake in difficult economic times.


He'd like to see more follow-through from village trustees.


"They're getting paid to do a job," he said.


When he was on the board, he helped get the Martin Street project done.


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Thomas Poyer (I)


Age: 47


Address: 167 George St., Sharon.


Job: Journeyman carpenter


Education: High school graduate and carpenter apprentice


Community service: None


Elected posts: Clinton Village Board


Major campaign issue: Initially, Poyer ran for the board because he thought taxes were high.


"I thought I'd stop complaining about it to my loved ones and do something about it," Poyer said.


During his term, the board worked together to keep taxes in check.


"The amount actually went down, but the amount was so slight that we just say that we held the line on taxes," Poyer said.


Poyer is pleased with the efforts the police department is making to reach out to youth in the community.


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Robert Sachs (I)


Age: 37


Address: 111 Pearl St., Sharon.


Job: Truck driver with Alder Group


Education: Graduate of Liberty High School, Ill.


Community service: Work at Gigi's Playhouse, a Down syndrome awareness organization in McHenry, Ill.


Elected posts: Village board, chairman of the finance committee.


Major campaign issues: Sachs said it's important to keep taxes low while moving ahead with projects that will improve the village's attractiveness to businesses.


As chairman of the finance committee, he and other board members reviewed a variety of contracts and services to see if the work could be done for less.


Working more efficiently and exploring all alternatives will save money and help the village pay for projects such as a new garage and park improvements, he said.


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Pamela Schutt


Age: 44


Address: 114 Church Street, Sharon.


Job: Certified nursing assistant


Education: Blackhawk Technical College for EMT and IV Tech licensing. Training for certified nursing assistant.


Community service: Volunteer EMT


Elected posts: None


Major campaign issue: Schutt said she didn't really have any major issues. She used to work as a receptionist in the clerk's office and enjoyed the work.


"I love the community," Schutt said. "I just want to feel involved again. Most people have an agenda, I just don't."


She said she was interested in bringing more businesses into town.



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