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Candidates for Washington Island Board of Supervisors

Tom Jordan (Incumbent)

Tom Jordan did not respond to our questionnaire.

John W. Rader (Registered write-in)

Age:  69

Education:  Marinette High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison for Economics and Political Science, various advanced courses during my working years

Occupation:  Retired after 22 years with private government research firm, four years as deputy state treasurer, 16 years in state government executive positions

Relevant Experience or Civic Involvement:  Forty years of involvement in local government including: budgeting, revenue sharing issues, development of tax incremental financing legislation, assessment and many other aspects of local government finance and administrative concerns. I regularly spoke throughout the state on these and many other issues that local governments, school districts and counties consistently encounter. Involved with organizations like the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, the Government Finance Officers Association.

What is the biggest challenge facing the municipality and how would you address it?  Jobs and economic development, including tourism issues. Attempt to leverage state dollars, grants and programs already available plus use talents of Island residents for sound approaches to issues that do not raise taxes.

If the board were forced to make budget cuts, what would be the first thing to go?

That would be difficult to say as I am not now privy to all the budget discussions. The plan or any plan for that matter would have to involve the residents in order to prioritize spending.

What do you see as the board’s duty to the residents and businesses in the municipality?

Keeping Taxes in line is always number 1— work on a 5 year development and expenditure plan as well as  a ten year plan— Make our Island more attractive to visitors,particularly first time visitors, and attempt to work with the University Of Wisconsin system to assist in our economic development in 2 ways –with ideas and with possible programs.

Randall Sorensen (Incumbent)

Age:  66

Education:  High school and a tool makers’ apprenticeship

Occupation:  Retired lineman for Washington Island electric coop

Relevant Experience or Civic Involvement:  Previous terms as a town supervisor; on the board of velkommen

What is the biggest challenge facing the municipality and how would you address it?  Lack of job opportunities, especially for our younger residents. Most move away to find employment. The only answer I can think of is to try and encourage slow, sustainable economic growth in the community.

If the board were forced to make budget cuts, what would be the first thing to go?

Our budget is tight enough that about the only wiggle room would be staffing cuts.

What do you see as the board’s duty to the residents and businesses in the municipality?

To keep our taxes at the point that we can keep old and new residents and businesses.