Incumbent Dave Homan is facing two challengers in the primary race for the Rock County Board in District 26.
Longtime county treasurer Vicki L. Brown seeks to unseat Homan, who is looking to secure his second term. Mario Bullock is also vying for the seat.
Brown said she holds enough experience to enact change for the county. Homan touted his energy and cost-saving initiatives, while Bullock said he wants to increase funding for mental health and addiction.
District 26 is the only primary race for the Rock County Board. The district includes parts of the towns of Rock and Janesville and parts of the city of Janesville.
Q: Why are you running for the Rock County Board?
Brown: “I thoroughly enjoy government. I was able to get changes made when I worked for the county, and I’m looking forward to using my knowledge and experience of government on the county board.”
Bullock: “I’m running because I don’t feel as though the county board has efficiently managed the budget the way it should be. Also, I’m running because I don’t feel like opportunities are being brought to my district in Rock County.”
Homan: “With the committees that I’ve been able to be on, we have been able to achieve some really good things. We’ve done some very effective cost-saving measures, as far as courthouse security efforts. We have cut 792,783 pounds of carbon dioxide from emissions. My efforts are for more and more work to be done by our county people. I’m trying to utilize the talents we have within. I support it emphatically.”
Q: If the county has to tighten its budget, for instance if the town of Beloit incorporation happens, where would you try to cut expenses?
Brown: “I would have to look at the entire county budget as proposed to know where potential cuts could come from.”
Bullock: “I understand the situation that is happening with the town of Beloit. I’m against the town of Beloit becoming a village. I would try and collaborate with the different members of the different committees to try and come up with a very good plan to get ahead of an issue like Beloit.”
Homan: “That would be an interesting problem. As a county, we have unanimously voted against their efforts. Being the 26th District (board member), the concern of annexation is a true worry for the Rock Township. I can’t really give you a good explanation. It would have to be some small slices off everything.”
Q: What are other issues you would like to tackle in the county?
Brown: “Transportation funding; the criminal justice system; the Rock County Airport; the juvenile justice system. They put 17-year-olds into the adult criminal court system. There is a movement to get 17-year-olds, nonviolent first-time offenders, back into the juvenile system. I support that, but the state has to fully fund that. Juveniles are the responsibility of the county.”
Bullock: “Mental illness. The mental illness and addiction issues run hand in hand. Me personally, I’ve known four people who’ve committed suicide this year, and two of those were guys that were going through depression. I think the board’s budget could be a little bit more efficient when it comes to dealing with mental illness. When you don’t have anything to do and you’re stuck in the house all winter, and the only thing to do is to go to a bar and drink, you get depressed. Alleviate the mental stress that people are going through.”
Homan: “Taking care of Rock Haven Health Services. There’s an awful lot there to take care of, to make sure the people that are living in Rock Haven get the best services. Conservation for the county. We were able to save $50,000 on consolidating cleaning contracts. Part of the initiative I’m working on, it’s a 25/25 goal. By the year 2025, we’ll have 25 percent alternative energy use. We’re somewhere around 6 percent change-up right now, and that’s working toward that 25 number. What we’re working on has saved a lot.”