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Kenosha County Board - 22nd District



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The April 3 race in the County Board’s newly redrawn 22nd District is a rematch between candidates who squared off two years ago in the old 24th District. This time, the incumbent is Erin Decker, who defeated Roger Johnson by just two votes in 2010. The new district includes Silver Lake, most of Wheatland and the northwest corner of Salem.

Erin Decker

Address:

706 N. School St., Silver Lake.

Age:

35.

Education:

Graduate of Gateway Technical College.

Occupation:

Owner of Merlin 200,000 Mile Shop; program assistant, Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program.

Experience in public office:

County supervisor, 2010-present.

Why do you wish to be a county supervisor?

Taxes, spending, and debt are out of control in Kenosha County. I have voted against the past two budgets because they increased taxes, spending and debt. My opponent voted to raise taxes over $6 million while on the County Board. We need someone who will fight taxes, spending and debt increases.

What should county government be doing to help spur economic development and create jobs in the area?

The most important thing county government can do is to create an environment where businesses want to relocate and their employees want to live. A county with low taxes, good roads, parks and human services increases the quality of life for residents and makes it more attractive to businesses.

What issue — human services, roads and parks, law enforcement, or any other — deserves the most attention from the incoming County Board, and why?

Human services needs a committee to audit its programs and contracts. The human services budget is approximately $80 million, and I believe there is fraud, waste, and abuse that can be found. I led the effort last year that found fraud, waste, and abuse in the FoodShare program, saving taxpayers $48,000 per year.

Roger Johnson

Address:

201 W. Depot St., Silver Lake.

Age:

59.

Education:

High school graduate.

Occupation:

Commercial sales manager, Palmen Buick-GMC-Cadillac.

Experience in public office:

County supervisor, 2006-10; Silver Lake village president, 2007-11.

Why do you wish to be a county supervisor?

I worked hard to address concerns about public safety, the county budget, county services, job creation and the retention of the rural character of the area. I feel those issues have not been addressed by the current supervisor, who has spent a good deal of her term engaged in partisan politicking.

What should county government be doing to help spur economic development and create jobs in the area?

There are several things the county should do to court businesses. The board needs to promote our resources. Our community has an eager, skilled workforce that has a strong work ethic. Kenosha has a prime physical location and the infrastructure (water, power, rail, interstate, sizeable airport) needed for business growth.

What issue — human services, roads and parks, law enforcement, or any other — deserves the most attention from the incoming County Board, and why?

As I said two years ago, human services deserves the most attention. With Wisconsin’s economy still lagging and jobs still hard to come by, we need to continue to help provide some sort of temporary safety net for those, who through no fault of their own, have lost jobs and the ability to put food on the plates of their children.


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