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Friday, March 17, 2006

Comment on the county board race

There will be two contested county board races April 4. Kathy Ingersoll faces Paul Nelson in the District 10 race (parts of northwest Elkhorn and Sugar Creek Township). In District 18 (the western half of Delavan) Jerry Waelti faces a challenge from Daniel Kilkenny.

Click the comments link below to add your thoughts on the race.

The deadline for letters for the Sunday print edition is Tuesday, March 21 at 5 p.m E-mail them to theweek@theweekextra.com

Comment the Delavan mayor's race

Delavan voters will choose between three candidates for mayor April 4. Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis faces a challenge from Ellen Reddy, a former council member, and Ron Siedelmann, currenlty on the council.

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The deadline for letters for the Sunday print edition is Tuesday, March 21 at 5 p.m E-mail them to theweek@theweekextra.com

Comment on the Elkhorn mayor's race

Mayor Michael Roberts faces former police chief John Giese to be the next mayor of Elkhorn when voters go the polls April 4.

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The deadline for letters for the Sunday print edition is Tuesday, March 21 at 5 p.m E-mail them to theweek@theweekextra.com

Comment on the Lake Geneva mayor's race

Lake Geneva voters will choose between incumbent mayor Sheldon Shepstone and former alderman Pete Peterson on election day, April 4.

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The deadline for letters for the Sunday print edition is Tuesday, March 21 at 5 p.m E-mail them to theweek@theweekextra.com

Friday, March 10, 2006

Send us your letters on the election

Readers,

We encourage dialogue, input and feedback on the Walworth County races that we'll vote on April 4.

We will be running letter here (one by Dan Stebnitz of Delavan and one by Michael Roberts, Elkhorn mayoral candidate follow) and in our Sunday edition.

The last Sunday for election letters in the paper will be March 26.

Letters of fewer than 300 words have the best chance of running un-edited, and we reserve the right to edit letters and online comments for length, libel and appropriateness.

Partisan letters on the subject of elections or candidates will not be published in the edition prior to an election.

Send letters via e-mail tomailto:theweek@theweekextra.com.

Please include a daytime phone number so we can verify the identity of the writer.

~Dan Plutchak, editor

Dan Stebnitz: Mel gets my vote

Editor,

I am writing to encourage you to vote for Mel Nieuwenhuis as city of Delavan mayor. In his four years as the Mayor, he has brought honesty, experience, objectivity, trust, respect, and accountability.

He has been very instrumental in the new developments and businesses coming to Delavan, as well as helping to maintain a great quality of life here.

Change in this city will happen, whether we want it to or not, and I for one, feel secure with Mel's experience leading us. I own a small business in Delavan, and on several occasions he has taken the time to ask me my opinion about matters relating to the city.

I feel like he is truly concerned with the best interests of this city, and that he will not be swayed by any special interest groups. He is not afraid of any challenge that comes his way.

Finally he is a devoted family man who has been very supportive of his kids in many different ways. He has been a willing servant of many different organizations and charitible groups in and around Delavan. And he loves this community in which he has lived all of his life.

I recommend that you would all go and vote on April 4th, and while you are there, vote for Mel Nieuwenhuis for Mayor of the city of Delavan.

Dan Stebnitz
Delavan

Michael Roberts: The problem with no growth

Editor,

My name is Michael Roberts. I am currently the mayor of Elkhorn and I am running for re-election. My opponent has been recently quoted in the Elkhorn Independent saying that if he becomes mayor, he will halt all growth in Elkhorn.

Let's explore the consequences of his policy. First, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled on many occasions that a municipality cannot simply decide to halt growth without specific rationale, documentation and policies--standards that Elkhorn will have difficulty meeting.

Second, our school district operates in a financial environment where revenues from tax levies may increase 2.1 percent per year (excluding referenda), while expenses increase at twice this rate.

My opponent knows that no growth will harm the schools. Additional students result in additional state revenues, which enable our schools to pay their bills.

Third, the pending TABOR legislation in Wisconsin will put Elkhorn in the same financial predicament as the schools. Some growth will be necessary to the city to continue to provide the required services to our residents.

Yes, we have seen substantial growth recently. These subdivisions were approved inn the 1990s. We cannot stop what was previously approved. During the past four years, we have worked on a Smart Growth policy to enable the city to define and balance growth in the future.

We believe the city is now poised to have balanced, responsible growth for the future.

As for the assertion that the growth will result in increased taxes for services, we have been able to reduce our cost of government per resident during the past several years. In fact, over the last seven years, the city tax on the average home has increased about 1 percent per year--one of the lowest rates of increase in the state.

Finally, my opponent says he want to accomplish tow things: halt growth and attract large retailers.

Do you really think retailers will come to Elkhorn if we tell them that we will not allow any growth, which is necessary to make their business viable?

Michael J. Roberts, incumbent
Candidate for Elkhorn mayor


Candidate forums

Four candidate forums have been scheduled in the area. All are open to the public.

Lake Geneva-- The Lake Geneva Public Library is hosting a nonpartisan candidate forum in anticipation of the April 4 Lake Geneva spring electi
on.
That forum will be held at the library on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Smith Meeting Room. All candidates running for Lake Geneva mayor, city council, Badger Board of Education and Joint No. 1 School District Board of Education, whether opposed or not, have been invited to provide a five-minute overview of their platform and then respond to audience questions.

Candidates invited include Pete Peterson and Sheldon O. Shepstone, running for city of Lake Geneva Mayor; Bill Chesen, Gary Dunham, Bob Flemming, Larry Magee, Nancy Russell and Tom Spellman, running for Lake Geneva City Council; John Druszcak, Tom Gardiner and Patrick Sherman, running for Badger High School Board of Education; and Bea Dale and Marcie Hollmann, running for Joint No. 1 Board of Education.

For more information, call the Lake Geneva Public Library at (262) 249-5299 or visit the Lake Geneva Public Library Web site at www.lakegeneva.lib.wi.us

Geneva Lake West-- The Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce has its annual forum for candidates running for offices in the villages of Fontana, Williams Bay, Walworth and the townships of Linn and Walworth.

The forum will be held in the Harbor Ballroom of the Abbey Resort on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks, as well as a cash bar will be available to all registered area voters.

The chamber, which serves Geneva Lake's west shore, is inviting the candidates to present brief statements about their candidacy and submit to questions from the public and members of the press, said Geneva Lake West Chamber president Bruce Bradshaw.

The chamber, a non-profit organization, is "dedicated to assisting local businesses to grow economically while maintaining the cultural beauty and civic welfare of the communities we serve," Bradshaw said in a press release.

For more information see their Web site at www.genevalakewest.com.

Elkhorn--The Elkhorn Independent will host a candidate forum March 22 at Jackson Elementary School at 7 p.m. for mayoral and school board candidates.

School board candidates as well as mayoral candidates, incumbent mayor Michael Roberts and challenger John Giese will present their visions and answer questio
ns.
Residents can submit quesions ahead of time by e-mailing them to the Independnent at elkinde@elkhornidendent.com

Delavan--Candidates for Delavan mayor, aldermen and 18th district county supervisor have been invited to attend a forum Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Community Bank, 820 Geneva St., Delavan.

The event was announced by forum chairman Joe Bell of Citizens for Open Government.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Candidate forum March 23

Geneva Lake West Chamber and The Abbey Resort to Host March 23 Candidate Forum


The Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce invites the public to attend its annual Candidates Forum for local government offices for the Villages of Fontana, Williams Bay, Walworth, and the Townships of Linn and Walworth.


Generously hosted by the newly remodeled Abbey Resort in Fontana, the Forum will be held in the Harbor Ballroom on Thursday, March 23, beginning at 7 p.m. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks, as well as a cash bar will be available to all registered area voters.


The Chamber, which serves Geneva Lake's west shore, is inviting candidates for local offices to present brief statements about their candidacy and submit to questions from the public and members of the press. Geneva Lake West Chamber president Bruce Bradshaw stated, "We are pleased to pro vide an opportunity for candidates and voters to interact on the important issue that confront our local governments. We honor those citizens who make the commitment to serve our communities." The Chamber encourages members and the community at large to attend the forum to learn more about the candidates who will be on the April 4 ballot.


The Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit organization, founded in 1979. The Chamber is "dedicated to assisting local businesses to grow economically while maintaining the cultural beauty and civic welfare of the communities we serve." For more information see their web site at: www.genevalakewest.com .

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