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Friday, December 23, 2005

Feedback on changes at Health and Human Services

Susan B. O'Connell says her fear of chaos at Walworth County Heatlh and Human Services prompted her resignation. Read her letter following up on comments she made in our original story.

Dan Plutchak, editor, The Week

Supervisor Felten won't run again

Incumbent County Board Supervisor Betty Felten, representing County Supervisory District 10, filed notification of non-candidacy with the Walworth County Clerk's office Dec. 6.

Felten served on tboard since April 2000 and is curently on the county Public Works Committee and serves as chair of the Health and Human Services Board.

Supervisory District 10 represents Ward 5 in the Town of Sugar Creek and Wards 6-9 and 11 in the City of Elkhorn.

All twenty-five of the Walworth County Supervisor positions will be on the ballot on Tuesday, April 4.
Information on running for County Supervisor is available at the Walworth County Clerk's Office.

The final day for filing nomination papers for the office of Walworth County Supervisor in the Walworth County Clerk's office is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Russell running for two positions

Nancy Russell has announced she is seeking two positions in the spring election.

She is running for re-election to her 22nd District county board position and for First District alderman for the city of Lake Geneva.

Russell, 69, of 1720 Fairview Drive, has lived in the Lake Geneva area for more than 30 years.

She is a retired human resources manager and team general manager at Watlow (Gordon) Co., a manufacturing company based in Richmond, Ill.

She has held positions for both the city of Lake Geneva and on the county level. She is currently a member of the Lake Geneva Park Commission and served as president of the park commission as well as a member of the plan commission and tree board.

Her county positions include two terms on the county board. She is currently chair of the finance committee and vice chair of the zoning agency and the smart growth committee.

Russell lists among her accomplishments her involvement on the Lake Geneva bike trail and White River Trail as well as being instrumental in efforts toward a count billboard ordinance.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Challenge to Shepstone brewing in Lake Geneva

Former Lake Geneva alderman Pete Peterson has filed candidacy papers for Lake Geneva mayor, according to the Lake Geneva Regional News.

Peterson told LGRN editor Lisa Seiser that he intends to begin gathering the 50 signatures necessary to get on the ballot for the spring election.

Nomination papers are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 3.

Mayor Sheldon Shepstone has announced his intention to run for re-election, a job he won overwhelmingly in 2004.

Peterson resigned for the city council last Feb. as part of an agreement with D.A. Phil Koss following Peterson's arrest by the Lake Geneva Law Enforcement Agency in 2004 for operating his boat with open intoxicants.

The general election is Tuesday, April 4, with a Tuesday, Feb. 21 primary if necessary.

Former alderwoman Ellen Reddy to run for Delavan mayor

Former Delavan alderwoman Ellen Reddy has announced her intentions to run for mayor of Delavan, insuring a primary Feb. 21.

Incumbent mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis and current Third District alderman Rn Siedelmann have already announced they will run for the post.

Monday, December 05, 2005

New party generating immediate interest

Bernie Dalsey, whose new Justice Party was featured on the cover Sunday, e-mailed to say, "thank you so much for the article and for its front page placement.

Reporter Mike Heine began work on the story two weeks ago after Dalsey e-mailed the Week about his new political party.

The story appeared a week earlier in our sister paper, the Janesville Gazette, and was picked up by AP shortly after.

Dalsey says that the story, "got me an hour on WPR earlier this week and three other brief radio interviews.

"Already I've heard from a few people who are potential candidates."

He says he'll keep us posted over the months as things roll along.

"I suppose from now on when you print an opinion piece of mine I can have the title of "Director (or Founder), Justice Party". (Man, gotta keep my ego in check, as well as have a sense of humor about it all.)," he wrote in his e-mail.

--Dan Plutchak

Waelti runs for a second term on Walworth County Board

This announcement arrived in the newsroom today, Monday, Dec. 5:

Jerry Waelti, 115 Spring Drive, Delavan, announced his plans to run for a second term as a Walworth County Board of Supervisor, District 18. District 18 includes wards 1,2, 3 and 4 in the city of Delavan and wards 2 and 3 in the town of Darien.

The general election is Tuesday, April 4, 2006.

Waelti has a B.S. degree from UW-Platteville in civil engineering and a M.S. from UW-Madison in transportation engineering. He is a registered professional engineer and a licensed land surveyor.

He worked for 18 years for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in planning, design, and construction and maintenance of the Wisconsin transportation system. He served as the Walworth County highway commissioner for seven years and for 17 years as the executive vice president of the Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association.

After his retirement in 2003, Waelti successfully ran for a position on the Walworth County Board of Supervisors. He is currently on the Walworth County Lakeland School Board and vice-chairman of the County Finance Committee.

Waelti worked with the city of Delavan and Walworth County to secure federal funding to upgrade the 911 radio system in the city. The system is currently used as a back-up for the Walworth County sheriff's department.

Waelti was the lead supervisor on elevating the citizen's advisory county parks board to a full fledged county board committee. Through Waelti's leadership the committee now consists of county board supervisors and citizen members that supervise the county parks facilities.
In a news release, Waelti was quoted as saying, "I would like to continue in my role as a county board supervisor to help in planning for the responsible fiscal and educational operation of Lakeland School for the special needs children in Walworth County. I am looking forward to the challenges of the County Finance Committee in working on the future county budgets with the best interests of the county taxpayer in mind."

Waelti is the newly elected president of the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance. The alliance was created to encourage economic growth and development in Walworth County.

--The Week

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