Election 2014: County Supervisor District 20

Note: westofthei.com will be posting questionnaire responses from contested local village and town board, Western Kenosha County county supervisor and some school board candidates over the next week. All candidates in a given race were asked the same questions. Their responses are printed as received.  The election is April 1. — DH

County Supervisor District 20 (district map here)

John Poole, age 66. No previous political experience.

Michael Underhill, 56. County supervisor since 2010.

Why are you seeking this office?

Poole — “Too much spending in Kenosha Co government. My opponent voted to raise the tax levy $3 Million in just 2 terms! He also missed 40% of the meetings in the last 3 months. If I missed work 40% of the time, I would not have a job! We also need to reduce our 60 million county debt.”

Underhill — ” I am seeking re-election to the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors (District 20) in an effort to secure a bright future for Kenosha County residents both in the short- term and for future generations. I wish to build on the successes of my first two terms by continuing the work required to move us forward. I am proud of my record of positively impacting Kenosha County and its residents in terms of cost reduction, implementation of efficiencies, and investments in our communities. I am passionate about my communities and our residents, and in maintaining and improving our quality of life. I want to continue to be a strong voice for the residents of District 20 (Paddock Lake and Salem). I continue to support local businesses as well as efforts to bring good paying jobs to Kenosha County. I have lived in Kenosha County most of my life. I enjoy participating in and representing my community. I would like to continue this work as your County Board Supervisor in an effort to secure a brighter future for Kenosha County residents.”

Why are you a better choice than the other candidate?

Poole — I will work for a property tax decrease in our current job environment. We should not be raising taxes on our unemployed residents and forcing them from their homes. As an accountant, I can read a budget and ensure fiscal responsibility.

Underhill — I, Mike Underhill, am the better choice for County Board Supervisor as I have a proven record of strong representation for my constituents! My fiscally-responsible record speaks for itself. • I voted to downsize the County Board from 28 to 23 Supervisors. • I voted to end taxpayer-funded health insurance for Kenosha County Supervisors. • I voted to restructure employee health care (resulting in greater than $2 million saved). • I voted to refinance debt that will save Kenosha County taxpayers $2.3 million over the next seven years. (This was accomplished by cooperation between the County Administration, the employees of Kenosha County, and the Kenosha County Board.) • I supported a ZERO INCREASE property tax levy for 2013. And, I voted for the LOWEST TAX LEVIES IN THE PAST 25 YEARS for both 2012 and 2014. This is an amazing feat considering the State budget cuts to our County had a substantial negative impact. Additionally, Kenosha County’s rating by Standard & Poor’s was recently upgraded to “AA / Stable.” • I voted to replenish the high impact development fund with the Kenosha Area Business Alliance in an effort to attract new jobs. This fund enables expansion of some Kenosha businesses and assists other businesses in bringing jobs to Kenosha County. • I voted for the fiber ring (to bring internet service to rural families without cable access). (Kenosha County is the first county to offer broadband service available county-wide.) • I have attended 100% of County Board meetings in the past nine months. On the rare occasion that I have been unable to attend prior to that time, my absence has been excused in advance. I also attend other assigned (and many unassigned) Kenosha County committee meetings on a regular basis. • I voted to bring dog parks to Kenosha County Parks, and in particular was influential in securing the Harris Family Dog Park (off-leash) location at Old Settlers Park in Paddock Lake. (No tax-payer dollars were used to fund any of the three dog parks.) • I present the County report at the Village of Paddock Lake monthly meetings. • I participate in the bi-annual Council of Governments meetings. Additionally, • I am a member of the annual Oktoberfest Committee (Paddock Lake). • I participate in the annual Paddock Lake Arbor Day tree planting event, the July 4th Parade, and the Christmas Parade. I attend many fundraising events for various causes. • I support Westosha – Salem Kiwanis Club as well as Women and Children’s Horizons and many other local government agencies and non-governmental organizations. • I am a member of the Loyal Order of Moose as well as the Kenosha HOG chapter. I have lived in Kenosha County for most of my life. I am committed to securing a bright future for current and future Kenosha County residents. I have exemplary campaign ethics. I humbly ask for your vote for re-election to County Board Supervisor District 20. Vote by Friday, March 28, during regular business hours at Paddock Lake Village Hall or Salem Town Hall, or vote on Election Day, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

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