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St. Croix County Board candidates respond to questions

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All 19 seats on the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors are up for election April 1, and there are contests in 16 of those districts.

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Candidates in those 16 districts were sent questionnaires. Printed below are their responses.

 

District 2

(Town of St. Joseph, Wards 1-3; Town of Somerset, Wards 3-6)

Agnes M. Ring

Age: 59

Address: 1488 23rd St., Houlton

Occupation: Brand strategy consultant; background in professional services community development consulting, marketing and management.

Family: Husband Mark Vanasse, two adult sons

Prior elected office: One term (two years) County Board supervisor

Civic involvement: Board of Directors, Westfields Hospital; Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin; St. Croix Bike Pedestrian Trail Coalition citizen member; founding member, Friends of Perch Lake; Church of St. Anne and past member of Parish Council and St. Anne School Ministry of Education; member, first Hudson Community Education Advisory Committee; community yoga instructor

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

As the fastest growing county in Wisconsin, and with the St. Croix River Crossing underway, we face many challenges and opportunities.

My family roots in the county go back to the 1850s. I want to make a difference. I bring a long-term perspective, collaborative approach and fiscal responsibility to decisions.

My vision for St. Croix County is a high quality of life for residents based on: A strong, diverse and growing economy for agriculture and business; natural resource protection; and excellence and efficiency in county infrastructure; libraries; community development; health and human services; transportation and public protection.

Tim Bender

Age: 48

Address: 645 196th Ave., Somerset

Occupation: Reliability Engineer III, Andersen Corporation

Family: Wife Stephanie Bender, three daughters

Prior elected office: None

Civic involvement: Bridge Bible Church; homeschooling; Pinecliff Home Owners Association

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I love this nation, the Constitution and the individual rights endowed by our Creator. Rather than simply lament the accelerating erosion of those rights by the government, I decided to run locally to do something about it.

I am a student of the Constitution and understand the proper roles of government at the national, state and local levels. I promise to vote against any proposal that exceeds the authority of the County Board.

I will further look for responsible ways to reduce county spending so you can keep more of your own money.

District 3

(Town of Hudson, Wards 3-7; Town of St. Joseph, Wards 4-6)

Tim Hood

Age: 58

Address: 1095 Golden Oaks Lane, Hudson

Occupation: Small business owner, retired pilot

Family: Wife Wendy Hood

Prior elected office: St. Croix County Board, two years

Civic involvement: Oakridge Community Church; NRA; Trout Unlimited; Willow River Rod & Gun Club

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I was humbled to be given a position of public trust in the last election. I took that trust to be sacred.

Government must be limited in scope, fiscally responsible and respectful of liberty.  This requires vigilance, discipline, thoughtfulness and a willingness to make difficult decisions from those holding that trust.

Unlike the federal government, the county must produce a balanced budget annually. Therefore, how and where we spend hard-earned tax dollars is one of our most important priorities. A program or service must be of great benefit and financially sustainable or it will not earn my support.

Dr. Chris Babbitt

Age: 57

Address: 1221 County Road I, Hudson

Occupation: Clinical child psychologist; director, Northwest Counseling Services at Baldwin Area Medical Center

Family: Wife Peg Audley, daughter Tess

Prior elected office: None

Civic involvement: Board member, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) since 2008, board chair since 2011; Executive Board of Success by Six (SB6), a United Way St. Croix Valley program

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I have lived and worked in St. Croix County for the last 25 years. I have had the chance to travel to every corner of the county to work in schools, medical facilities, courtrooms and many other venues, and as part of my professional life have met many interesting people in all walks of life.

I am very concerned about the way county government has been operating and want to be a part of changing that direction. We need to return to the days when “We take care of our own” was the motto of county government.

District 4

(Town of Hudson, Ward 1; Village of North Hudson, Wards 1-6)

Daryl Standafer

Age: 71

Address: 602 Helen St. North, North Hudson

Occupation: Retired from banking career

Family: Wife Jan, four married children, 11 grandchildren.

Prior elected office: St. Croix County Board of Supervisors since 1994, currently board chair; Village of North Hudson trustee, six years

Civic involvement: Coalition for the New River Crossing, Executive Committee; Hudson Community Foundation, director; Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, past director and treasurer

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

The governing body of each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties is the board of supervisors, referred to as a unit of local government. The challenge at every level -- federal on down -- is to have government that is smaller, smarter and more efficient.

While serving on the County Board, I helped downsize the board from 31 to 19 members. We shrunk the budget from $87 million to the current $68 million. We instituted performance-based compensation.

My experience on the board, relationships with peers in other counties and also at the state level will enable me to continue effective service.

 

Howard F. Novotny

Age: 60

Address: 734 Woodcrest Drive North, Hudson

Occupation: 3M (36 years), international technical service specialist

Family: Wife Karen Novotny, three grown daughters

Prior elected office:

Civic involvement: North Hudson Park Board commissioner (eight years)

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

“It’s time to follow the will of the people”

Our area is facing some very difficult challenges. Our County Board needs to meet these challenges head-on and not lock them away in committee meetings.

If I am elected as your District 4 county supervisor, I hope to help reverse the board’s Nov. 5 refusal to support the county funding of a fulltime drug prosecutor, desperately needed to attack our deadly growing heroin epidemic.

I will support our five-star county nursing home. I will support the Baldwin Agriculture Center.

District 5

(City of Hudson, Wards 1, 6, 9 and 10)

Fred Yoerg

Age: 60

Address: 322 Locust St., Hudson

Occupation: Sales, Swedish Steel

Family: Two children

Prior elected office: 2012 County Board

Civic involvement: Hudson Plan Commission, longest serving member; Trinity Church/choir; various “steel” affiliations

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

Our family has lived in St. Croix County since 1871. St. Croix County is important to us. Much has occurred in the last two years: new health and human services facility in New Richmond and a new 911 call center. These were both funded by the sale of county-owned farmland.

My stance is simple: Deliver the best service to constituents efficiently. The issue is delivery of services, rather than how it is done. I will continue this approach if re-elected.

Roy A. Sjoberg

Age: 61

Address: 1108 Vine St., Hudson

Occupation: Business and estate planning attorney

Family: Wife Lana Sjoberg, two adult sons

Prior elected office: No elected governmental offices; elected president Hudson Area Joint Library -- one year as president, two as vice president

Civic involvement: Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club; co-chair, Hudson School Facilities Task Force; CCH Board of Directors; Hudson United Methodist Church; SOS Players; Friends of the Library; founding director, Hudson Area Foundation; Rotary District 5960, district governor and chair of North Star Rotary Youth Exchange; Cub master, Pack 211; Hudson Hospital Board of Directors; Youth Action Hudson Inc.; Minnesota, Wisconsin state bar associations

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

“Service above Self” is Rotary’s motto, but it is also now part of my DNA. My law degree and 31 years providing legal counsel to privately held companies and non-profit organizations equips me well for service on County Board.

I am motivated to serve so together we may make improvements in: (1) fighting the heroin epidemic with education and treatment along with enforcement; (2) opening up the decisions of the board to more public review; (3) respecting the rights and dignity of vulnerable adults; (4) prudently addressing citizens’ medical and mental health needs; (5) safeguarding local control over zoning and environmental issues; and (6) protecting our groundwater and rivers.

District 6

(Town of Hudson, Ward 2; City of Hudson, Wards 5, 8, 11, 12)

Clarence “Buck” Malick

Age: 71

Address: 413 Brookwood Drive, Hudson

Occupation: Retired attorney

Family: Wife Linda, two children

Prior elected office: Hudson School Board (five years); St. Croix County supervisor (16 years), chairman (six years)

Civic involvement: American Heart Association, founder, division president 1990-5; Hudson Area Development Corporation, founder 1992; Hudson Rotary Clubs 1990-01; Hudson Education Foundation, founder, secretary, treasurer, director 1990-6, 2001-9; Hudson Hospital, director, committee chair 1990-6; Hudson Town Planning Committee, member, secretary 1982-90; Lower St. Croix Planning Task Force, chairman 1996-98, partner team chair 2003, 05, 08, 10, 12, 14; Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Area Commission, appointee 1995-8; E.D. 1998-01; Phipps Center for the Arts, director 1995-2000; St. Croix County Council on Aging, Hudson Senior Center 1994-6; St. Croix River Association, director 2009-11; Troop 140 Boy Scouts, assistant scoutmaster 1988-98; Trinity Lutheran Church, president 1987-91; Western Wisconsin Prairie Habitat Project, PR officer 1997-8; Willow River OWLs, director 2005-10

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I know the mission, acronyms and budget of the major county committees and know the community’s values from volunteering. County issues should be handled sensitively, rather than simplistically.

The board has held the line on tax increases and spent less than the state targets, but it is a continual battle requiring skill and finesse. Most supervisors want to hold down taxes, some are ineffective.

If a new nursing home is to be built, I have legal and engineering knowledge and chaired the building committee for the Government Center.

Pay for performance replaced across the board raises and meaningless personnel reviews.

Stephen Nielsen

Age: 64

Address: 1111 Birch Drive, Hudson

Occupation: Retired

Family: Wife Wanda, two children

Prior elected office:

Civic involvement: Member, building committee that built Christian Community Home of Hudson; youth hockey coach; involved with building Hudson Hockey Arena

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I believe in local control. Spending/taxing decisions should be made at the lowest level of government that makes sense. I am against forcing townships to spend money on something they don't want, or would like to spend less on. Let zoning decisions be made by the townships within a general framework set by the county and state.

County leadership has done some good things over the last two years: working to bring nursing home costs under control; implementing pay for performance. But, I have the ability to understand financial reports and budgets and am better able to evaluate the cost/benefit of spending in county governance.

My website is www.stcroix-6.com

District 8

(Town of Hudson, Wards 8-14)

Richard “Rick” Ottino

Age: 63

Address: 876 Alex Lane, Hudson

Occupation: Retired from E. I. DuPont

Family: Spouse Krista, three children

Prior elected office: County supervisor, 2012 to present (Community Development Board, St. Croix County Fair Board)

Civic involvement: member Bethel Lutheran Church, Worship Council, capital campaign; St. Croix Animal Friends, vice president; member Hudson, Rod, Gun and Archery Club; volunteer with therapy dog at church, school and hospital; member Saint Croix Valley Harley Owners Group

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

My ancestors came to St. Croix County for the opportunity and quality of life. I am committed to advancing opportunity for all and keeping our community a safe, affordable and enjoyable place to live.

I believe in: Open communication: People have a voice and the right to know what is happening in their community. Fiscal transparency: Taxpayers need to know how tax dollars are spent and what services cost. We need to explore opportunities to save while maintaining essential services. Integrity: Consistency between one’s words and actions. Community service: People have the power to make positive changes in their community.

Scott J. Nelson

Age: 48

Address: 809 Hutton Hill Road, town of Hudson

Occupation: Fire captain, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport Fire Department

Family: Wife Ericka

Prior elected office: None

Civic involvement: American Legion member; WIAA/MSHSL varsity level sports official

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I have chosen to run for St. Croix County Board because county government decisions should create positive results, be accessible and transparent to all county citizens. It is important that citizens have input and a voice in county government. In my 24-plus years as a firefighter, and my military service, I learned how to work in a public setting and find resolution to issues.

St. Croix County is one the fastest growing counties in the state, and it is critical that the county government be accessible to all. I will use my experience to be an independent voice working for the citizens of St. Croix County.

District 9

(Town of Troy, Wards 1-6)

Jill Ann Berke

Age:

Address: 246 Carlson Lane, River Falls

Occupation: Grower and operator, Blue Ridge Growers, blueberry orchard

Family: Husband Dennis Berke

Prior elected office: County clerk, four terms; candidate for state Assembly, 1994

Civic involvement: Park Board, Town of Troy, 1995 to present, chair of board since 2004; River Falls Community Arts Base, 2004 to present, recent vice president, Executive Committee; St. Croix Bike and Pedestrian Trail Coalition; Wisconsin Farmer’s Union; St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners Association, 1995 to present; St. Croix County Economic Development Committee EDC, 1994-2000, officer position; Turningpoint Board of Directors, 1988-1994, officer position; respite care, short-term foster care provider with husband, 1994-1999; Peace Corps volunteer, Philippines, nutrition education, 1973

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

Strong public service background, including county administration (former county clerk), human services and active leadership of Troy’s parks.

Life and work experiences, volunteer work and large family farm background have given me a broad perspective of understanding “community” and its diversity.

I feel I have the leadership skills, knowledge of local and state resources and ability to work collaboratively with community leaders, public agencies, county employees and businesses to serve the best interest of residents. It would be a privilege to represent Troy on the County Board and to sustain St. Croix County’s position of excellence and leadership in our state.

Jeanette Kunz

Age: 46

Address: 493 Autumn Blaze Trail, Hudson

Occupation: Managing partner in Amira LLC (real estate investment company), realtor

Family: Husband Michael, two children

Prior elected office:

Civic involvement: Current: Canvas Health, marketing committee, Cedar Woods HOA, treasurer and ARC; Past: Junior Achievement volunteer, HSG Girls Booster Club treasurer, Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce member

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I am running for supervisor to provide the strong and principled leadership we need in St. Croix County. As a business owner for 19 years and a county resident of 14 years, I am a devoted proponent of smaller government and budget accountability.

The strength of our county comes from the people and private sector. This lesson I learned decades ago growing up on a dairy farm where strong work ethic and calculated risk gave one the successful edge.

We need common sense solutions, with balance and reason, to represent the people. This will ensure that the county budget of over $67 million is put to the most efficient and effective use.

District 10

(Town of Kinnickinnic, Wards 2-3; Town of Troy, Ward 7; City of River Falls, Wards 1-4)

Dave Ostness

Age: 63

Address: 531 N. Pearl St., River Falls

Occupation: Retired

Family: Single

Prior elected office: County Board, two two-year terms

Civic involvement:

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

We need to reach out and allow residents to be more informed and have a more transparent county. I want our county to open doors to all residents, to have residents be able to hear and see all meetings when they want, hold public hearings/meetings to address all major decisions, and not leave decisions to a chosen few.

I will work to continue efforts to streamline various services and locate county facilities where the public can utilize them best. I have worked with local, state, federal and nongovernmental agencies and have the knowledge of working together through intergovernmental communication, coordination and cooperation.

John Yunker

Address: 1175 Rifle Range Road, River Falls

No response received.

District 11

(Town of Stanton, Ward 1; Town of Star Prairie, Wards 1-5; Village of Star Prairie, Ward 1)

Roger Larson

Age: 74

Address: 504 Mill Ave., Star Prairie

Occupation: Retired

Family: Widowed, five grown children

Prior elected office: County Board, three terms; Star Prairie village president, 12 years; Star Prairie village board member, two years

Civic involvement: Bethany Lutheran Church, Amery Gun Club

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I feel I’ve kept up with things. I serve on many committees (chair Public Protection, chair emergency management subcommittee, vice chair of County Board, vice chair of Health and Human Services Board, member of Council on Aging). I think it’s important to keep the ag building as it is – they can really take care of everything there.

I also support keeping the nursing home where it’s at. We’ve been looking at adding assisted living.

It’s important to listen to constituents from throughout the county, not only to those in my district. I’m running for a reason: It’s not to benefit myself. It’s to look at what the whole county wants.

Bradley Perrin

Age: 48

Address: 820 210th Ave., Somerset

Occupation: Residential real estate appraiser

Family: Wife Loni, two young children

Prior elected office: None

Civic involvement:

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

As a residential real estate appraiser for the past 13 years, I have seen firsthand the devastation caused by the collapse of the housing market. St. Croix County has foreclosed on 2,156 homes in the past four years -- a rate which is higher than the national and state averages. These become more than numbers when one looks inside these homes and sees the remains of displaced families and broken dreams.

I am running for the District 11 county supervisor position because I feel my principles and analytical skills developed as an appraiser can provide an objective and fiscally responsible contribution to the direction of St. Croix County.

District 12

(Town of Star Prairie, Ward 6; City of New Richmond, Wards 1-3 and 7-9)

Daniel Hansen

Age: 51

Address: 446 E. 3rd St., New Richmond

Occupation:

Family: Wife Jane Knutson Hansen

Prior elected office:

Civic involvement: Volunteer for 5 Loaves Food Shelf, Salvation Army

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I am Daniel Hansen, a UW Stout graduate and have been a resident of New Richmond for 15 years. New Richmond is my wife Jane’s hometown -- we were glad our kids could grow up here.

For years I have been active with issues that are important to New Richmond at the County Board. I believe that all citizens deserve to have access to county government. This means working to hold all meetings in the evening when citizens are available to participate.

I will continue to work to rescue our county nursing home from those who wish to close it.

Joseph M. Brost

Age: 45

Address: 525 E. 2nd St., New Richmond

Occupation: Printer/copier repair technician

Family: Engaged to Shiloh L. Trenholm; two sons

Prior elected office: None

Civic involvement: Lifetime member, New Richmond Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); Persian Gulf War veteran.

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I was born in Barron County and moved to Hudson with my parents in 1985. I joined the Navy after high school and served in the Gulf War, 1990-1991. I moved to New Richmond with my two sons in 1998, and now that my children are grown I would like to serve the hardworking people of St. Croix County.

I believe my life and career experience coupled with my commitment to preserve the quality of life in my community will enable me to serve the people of St. Croix County.

District 13

(City of New Richmond, Wards 4-6 and 10-12)

Ron Kiesler

Age: 50

Address: 1359 Parkview Drive, New Richmond

Occupation: Manager, Pierce County Community Behavioral Health Program

Family: Wife Laura Kiesler, two adult children

Prior elected office: St. Croix County Board supervisor

Civic involvement: Former member, Youth and Family Initiatives of New Richmond; coached New Richmond Youth Soccer, Youth Little League, Youth Flag Football; brought these services to county: Coordinated Family Services, certified Mental Health Emergency/Mobile Crisis Services, certified Multi-Systemic Therapy, MATRIX Chemical Dependency Treatment; introduced Drug Court to St. Croix court system

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

In a word, “Experience.” I have worked for St. Croix County for 24-plus years. I understand the financial challenges, politics and administration. I have served the last two years as county supervisor.

I carefully listen to my constituents. I fight for their needs and cast my vote on their behalf. We need to get back to the business of serving our most valuable assets, the residents of St. Croix County. We have an outstanding 5-star nursing home -- the County Board needs to support it. We have a modern Ag Center building -- let’s keep it and staff it to serve farming communities. Let’s return to our motto “Service is our Purpose”.

Kristy Teske

Address: 1455 Doman Drive, New Richmond

No response received

District 15

(Town of Kinnickinnic, Ward 1; Town of Pleasant Valley, Ward 1; Town of Rush River, Ward 1; Town of Warren, Wards 2 and 3; Village of Roberts, Wards 1-4)

David Peterson

Age: 72

Address: 331 County Road JJ, River Falls

Occupation: Retired

Family: Wife Arden, four adult children, 11 grandchildren.

Prior elected office: County Board, two two-year terms

Civic involvement: Cross Lutheran, Roberts, member and Mutual Ministry Committee; Thrivent Habitat for Humanity, volunteer

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I think St. Croix County is one of the finest places to live that I know of and feel it is a privilege to serve its citizens as a board supervisor.

I am currently serving as chair of the Administration Committee and have served on the Board of Adjustment since 2008. I have a positive working relationship with the Kinnickinnic Town Board and feel I will continue to be an effective advocate for District 15.

With ever increasing pressures for services, I advocate a common-sense listening approach and a proper balance between services and the tax levy.

Donald E. Schumacher

Age:

Address: 2012 18th Ave., Baldwin

Occupation: Farmer, owner of family farm, Whispering Silos Inc.

Family: Wife Louise, three children, eight grandchildren

Prior elected office: Chairman, town of Rush River, 14 years; member, Rush River planning board, 12 years; United Fire and Rescue Finance Committee, board of governors, 8 years

Civic involvement: Vice president, Military Officers Association of America, Indianhead Chapter, 8 years; life member, American Legion, VFW and MOAA; member, Peace Lutheran Church, 40 years; work closely with FSA, NRCS, Land and Water office, UW Extension office and DNR regarding conservation issues

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I worked with county citizens, including farmers, to speak about the desire to keep the Agriculture Service and Education Center in Baldwin. This is very important for those engaged in agriculture, plus organizations that use the building for meetings, including numerous 4-H groups.

I was instrumental in helping develop the Enterprise Area for Town of Rush River and helped develop the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Presently working on Agriculture and Farmland Preservation Plan with the county.

I believe St. Croix County has several challenges at this time -- balancing the needs between urban and rural areas, how to provide and keep services closest to the clientele and how to wisely spend on needed projects.

District 16

(Town of Baldwin, Ward 1; Town of Hammond, Wards 1-3; Village of Hammond, Wards 1-4)

William “Bill” Gary

Age: 44

Address: 889 162nd St., Hammond

Occupation: Federal contractor

Family: Married, two children

Prior elected office: None

Civic involvement: My professional associations have all been work-related (law enforcement and law enforcement training)

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I was raised on a small farm in Iowa in a community similar to St. Croix County. My wife and I own a small business in Roberts (Daisy Hill II).

I work as a federal contractor and have been involved in running large multi-million-dollar contracts and dealing with federal agencies. Being owner of a small business as well as working on federal contracts gives me a lot of experience to draw on.

I have worked on both sides of the table when it comes to union, both a member and on the supervisory side. I believe I have a unique perspective to bring to the board to work for both taxpayers and employees.

Paulette Anderson

Age: 61

Address: 1781 100th Ave., Hammond

Occupation: Director, St Croix Central Community Education; owner, Paulette’s Gardens, 1983-2007

Family: Husband Joseph Anderson, no children

Prior elected office: Town of Hammond supervisor, 12 years

Civic involvement: Founder, director, Hammond Arts Alliance, 17 years; member, Hammond Event and Leadership Planning, seven years (Events: Yellowstone Trail Social and fundraisers, Hammond Showcase; member, Running of the Llamas Committee member, 17 years; teach unicycle and yoga classes; Roberts/Hammond Senior Center Board, member, three years

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

As a Town of Hammond supervisor for the past 12 years, I am familiar with the issues in my district and the county. My involvement in my community shows that I am engaged in making the area a better place to live. I am also interested in keeping the Agriculture Extension building in Baldwin.

District 17

(Wards 1 of towns of Cylon, Emerald, Forest and Glenwood; Village of Deer Park, Ward 1; City of Glenwood City, Wards 1 and 2)

David Olson

Age: 56

Address: 1373 280th St., Glenwood City

Occupation: Construction superintendent

Family: Married, three grown children

Prior elected office: None

Civic involvement:

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

Government on all levels is out of control. Elected officials need to be reined in and held to their oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution first and foremost.

I believe that my nearly 30 years of construction experience including managing multi-million dollar projects, successfully completing them on or under budget is a great quality to be a steward of taxpayer dollars.

Judy Achterhof

Age: 60

Address:1759 County Road O, Emerald

Occupation: Retired substitute teacher

Family: Husband Tom, two adult children

Prior elected office: Glenwood City School Board, 10th year

Civic involvement: Volunteer for many school-related activities and organizations; member Kohl scholarship selection committee, Academic Decathlon and others; Indianhead Federated Library System board, 2nd year; St. Croix County Fair Board and HCE Board; member Emerald Crossroads HCE Club, over 20 years

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

St. Croix County residents face many important issues, such as the Ag. Center location, frac sand mining, wind turbines and nursing homes. Important decisions will have to be made and/or followed through on in the near future, many affecting the environmental and economic health of our county.

These decisions will have a long-term impact on present and future St. Croix County residents. Through my past experiences, I believe I can fully and fairly represent my constituents from the east side of St. Croix County. I am not afraid to ask questions or disagree. I care.

District 18

(Town of Baldwin, Ward 2; Village of Baldwin, Wards 1-6)

Shaela Leibfried

Age: 32

Address: 1507 Mallard Ave., Baldwin

Occupation: Homemaker

Family: Husband Jonathan Leibfried, two children

Prior elected office: None

Civic involvement: Friends of the St. Croix County Nursing Home

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I loved growing up in St. Croix County. As a county supervisor I would like to help maintain it for future generations while also maintaining services for the generation that helped make this county what it is.

As a young mother, I understand the growing needs of the working families in this community. As a former St. Croix County Nursing Home employee, I attended and sat on several of the county committees from the employee side. I got a good understanding of the functions of the County Board. I hope to be a strong representative for the residents of the Baldwin district.

Lorraine “Lori” Thompson

Address: 1080 9th Ave., Baldwin

No response received.

District 19

(Town of Cady, Ward 1; Town of Eau Galle, Wards 1 and 2; Town of Springfield, Ward 1; Village of Spring Valley, Ward 3; Village of Wilson, Ward 1; Village of Woodville, Wards 1 and 2)

William Peavey

Age: 65

Address: 2530 County Road N, Woodville

Occupation: Self-employed grain and beef farmer

Family: Wife Jean Peavey, three children, nine grandchildren

Prior elected office: County Board, 10 years; Eau Galle Town Board, 25 years

Civic involvement: Member United Fire & Rescue District; member St. Croix Electric Cooperative Board

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

I have the experience and dedication to represent you on the County Board. I am a 40-year resident of St. Croix County, operate a family farm in Eau Galle Township and serve on the Eau Galle Town Board.

As a current member of the St. Croix County Board, I serve as the chairman for the St. Croix County Transportation Committee. I support keeping the Agriculture Center in Baldwin and under county ownership.

Chad Briggs

Age: 41

Address: 205 Meadow Lane, Woodville

Occupation: Shipping/receiving coordinator

Family: Wife Sarah, one son

Prior elected office: None

Civic involvement: NRA Life Member; FreedomWorks

What are your reasons and/ or qualifications for wanting to serve on the County Board?

The Board of Supervisors, in its current configuration, does not act responsibly with our tax dollars. They have forgotten that the money they are spending is ours. I will add fiscal responsibility to the board, along with a respect for your money.

Also, the board currently meets in the morning; this restricts access for most of us that work. I will push to have the board meet in the evenings which will give a greater opportunity for the public to have their voices heard. I want to change the current tax-and-spend culture of the board.

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