Friday, October 05, 2007

Will East Troy recall their county board supervisor?

The Walworth County Board will experience its first-ever recall election Oct. 16.

Challenger Jim Stemper faces Supervisor Joyce Ketchpaw for the seat that represents East Troy and parts of the surrounding area.

Click HERE for reporter Mike Heine's election preview.

The board has been embroiled for more than a year in sometimes parallel and sometimes interconnected controversies related spurred by charges of high taxes and poor representation.

Milestones include forcing a vote to reduce the number of seats on the county board. That vote passed, and districts will be reduced to 11 in April of 2008.

Board members also ousted Anne Lohrmann from her position as board chair. Her opponents charged poor leadership. Her supporters cried retaliation for her support of downsizing.

The upcoming recall is also a spin-off of the taxation and representation controversy.

Below are two letters from the Sunday, Oct. 7 edition of The Week.

Add your comments below.


Anonymous Jim Stemper, East Troy said...

Vote for change Oct. 16

Dear Editor:

The majority of people, I believe, are extremely upset with the tax increases that have been handed down in the past few years. They don't see any return on their investment. And make no mistake, taxes are an investment.

The current representation has dropped the ball for their constituents. They continue to authorize over-spending in every department of the county.

In the end, we foot the bill. And a hefty bill it is.

Why is our sheriff's budget bigger per capita than the Waukesha sheriff's budget?

Want a laugh? Milwaukee County hasn't raised taxes in three years. In three years, Walworth County has gone up in excess of 10 percent. I'm tired of being taken advantage of. I'm tired of supporting the ol' boys and girls club that is the Walworth County Board.

I offer you one vote and one heck of a fight for the citizens of the village of East Troy.

Vote for change Oct. 16.

The author is a candidate in the Oct. 16 recall vote in District 2 of the Walworth County Board.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Francine Pease, Whitewater said...

Ketchpaw deserves the position she's earned

Dear Editor,

I have engaged in many activities in East Troy in the almost 40 years I have been an "adopted" daughter, but I did something for the first time a few days ago. I went door to door with a political candidate, Joyce Ketchpaw.

I have known Joyce for many years and I know her to be a hardworking woman of deep faith who is honest and committed to serving her constituents as a county supervisor in an informed manner.

I was struck by one of the questions asked of Joyce Ketchpaw when we went door to door: Specifically, are you a politician or are you a statesman?

Joyce responded that she is a statesman and I agree with her, as after consulting the dictionary, a statesman is "a person who shows wisdom, skill and vision in conducting state affairs and treating public issues."

Joyce is not a "politician" who is often defined in a derogatory sense as someone who is seeking personal or partisan gain. Please remember that Joyce is a senior citizen on a fixed income who pays the same taxes we do.

Perhaps you haven't had a chance to read Joyce's columns in the local newspapers, which take time and much effort to write, in which she clearly explains county business and her votes.

Of course, I want you to believe me that Joyce is a hard-working public servant of integrity and vision.

However, if you don't believe me, I hope that you will not believe her opponents either unless you research the issues and meet or talk to Joyce yourself, as I have done.

Please vote in the recall election, which is scheduled for Oct. l6 in the town and village of East Troy and vote for a "statesman," Joyce Ketchpaw.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Mike Q said...

The current county board continues to run things as if they are Madison county supervisors.

Their recent attempt to remove the invocation from the board meetings is more evidence of the fact they do not represent Walworth County.

If they can start governmental meetings with prayer in Madison, how do we get to the point of removing it here in a conservative county like Walworth?

We got here by not paying attention to what is happening in county government. Now that we are aware, the first step is to replace out of touch members with people that properly represent us.

Thats where we are currently at, and I'm looking forward to the results of this recall election and the elections next spring.

3:21 PM  
Blogger wendy said...

What a waste of taxpayers money, of both the town and Village alike, as this election will apparently cost the Village between $2,000 and $3,000, and the town will spend about $1,000.

Mr. Stemper could have simply waited less than two months and declared his intention to run for this seat in the regular election in April, as could any other qualified candidate.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Dear Editor,

Walworth County is one of the most beautiful, diverse places to live. It is a superb location to become involved in the community and government. Between enjoyment and problems that beg for attention, there is never a dull moment. The special election between Ketchpaw and Stemper is one of those crucial events that needs your vote.

Attending meetings as part of a committee and public, I have worked on projects, gaining experience and knowledge. Joyce Ketchpaw has been integral in this pursuit and one of a handful of experts that have made themselves available to answer questions, steer me in the right direction, and share knowledge.

Goodwill is a good place to start, add experience and we have one of the most qualified and valuable persons that this County cannot afford to lose.
Please take the time to talk to the candidates in this special election on Oct. 16th, find out for yourself how valuable she is and vote for Joyce Ketchpaw.

Elizabeth Lyons
Genoa City

10:27 AM  

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