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Jacksonport Town Supervisor Candidates

Tom Savage

Family: Wife Gail, son Matthew

Age: 52

Education: High School Graduate

Occupation: Carpenter

Relevant Experience/Civic Involvement: Chair of Board of Trustees, Calvary United Methodist Church

Why are you the best choice for the board?

Having held no previous elected political position, I don’t know that I am the “best” candidate for the job. I feel I can be, however, fair and objective. I am willing to listen to all sides of any issue before voicing my opinion. I like to have time to research an issue when necessary, and will not jump to any quick decisions. I believe a town supervisor should be approachable, and make town residents feel they are well represented and their opinions are valued. I am committed to doing this if elected.

Are there services that the town provides that should be cut or scaled back to save money? Are there services the town should take on?

It is my hope that the services the town provides can remain the same. With no past board experience and the uncertainty in Madison, I am reluctant to form an opinion at this time. I am reasonably sure there will be budget cuts, but until more information is available to local governments, I can’t be specific.

There are none that I can think of specifically, but I am willing to listen to other possibilities that I may be unaware of at this time.

What other issue or issues are a high priority for the town in the term ahead?

I feel the most important issue for the town is the emergency services provided by the fire department and the local first responders. This provides the town residents with a feeling of safety and security. Also important are maintenance of town roads and town parks. These issues were addressed by all four candidates at the recent Town of Jacksonport League of Women Voters candidates’ forum.

What is the number one thing the council can do to make the town a better place to live?

My answer to this question reflects what I said earlier. I want the town residents to be involved. It’s my hope they feel the town board is approachable, that their opinions matter, and that what the board does will make a difference.

Randy Halstead (I)

Family: Wife Marion, two grown children, two grown stepchildren, 6 grandchildren

Age: 56

Education: Sevastopol High School

Occupation: Farmer

Previous Elected Office: Sevastopol School Board; Jacksonport Town Board

Relevant Experience/ Civic Involvement: Member, Jacksonport Advancement Corporation; Maifest volunteer; Cherry Fest volunteer; Board of Review certified; Wisconsin Town’s Association; Courses on farmland preservation, highway maintenance, and sign retro-reflectivity.

Why are you the best choice for the board?

I am the incumbent with two years experience on the Jacksonport Town Board. I make cool, calm decisions, based on all the facts. When it comes to spending money, I try to get the most bang for our buck for the people of Jacksonport. When it comes to important issues, such as Schauer Park, I carefully research all options, make my decision and stand by my decision.

Are there services that the town provides that should be cut or scaled back to save money? Are there services the town should take on?

We are already running a bare bones operation now.

What other issue or issues are a high priority for the town in the term ahead?

Highways – maintenance – brushed for emergency vehicles. Keep the budget in check.

What is the number one thing the council can do to make the town a better place to live?

Jacksonport is already a great place to live.