Spring Election 2016: County supervisor District 21 candidates Q&A

A map of county supervisor Dist. 21. (Click for a larger view)

A map of county supervisor Dist. 21. (Click for a larger view)

Voters in county board District 21 will be able to cast a ballot in a contested county supervisor race on April 5.

The 21st District includes parts of Twin Lakes, Randall and Salem (see map above).

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate, by email or by mail.

Here is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

Kimberly Breunig — Age: 52. Education: Bachelor’s of Business & Marketing. Occupation: Accounting. Previous elected or governmental experience: 10 years County Board; 12 years Salem Planning & Zoning Commission; Housing Authority; Land & Water Conservation Committee; SouthEastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

Mark Nordigian — Age: 55. Education: Professional Management Degree, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Occupation: Quality Manager. Previous elected or governmental experience: 1993 – 1994 appointed to Randall Park Board; 1994 – 2004, Randall Town Board Supervisor.

1.) Why are you a better choice for county supervisor than your opponent?

Breunig — I have been active in my community since moving to the District in 1998, whether it be on a Board or working with the schools. I helped create the strategic plan for Central High School and worked with both Salem and Trevor-Wilmot Grade Schools with their expansions. I’m out in the community as the Vice-Chair of Western Kenosha County Recreation, a group bringing recreation to all ages West of the I, as well as working with the Boy Scouts as Treasurer of Troop 328 and Merit Badge Counselor.  I want only the best for all and research all options when making decisions. I secured funding for the Naturalist position at the Pringle Nature Center, cleaned up Shadow Hill Ranch and helped negotiate additional revenue from Country Thunder for the Town of Randall. I made the successful motion to add the Sheriff’s Emergency Management Vehicle into the 2011 budget and still kept the total budget at 0% and successfully reduced the budget for 2015 in committee. During my tenure, we have kept the levy lower than the cost of living, with an average of 2% over 10 years. We have increased the employee contribution to health care premiums to an average of 28% and adjusted their wages to make Kenosha County competitive with the private sector in order to attract and retain hard-working, qualified employees. I have supported economic growth, not just in the County, but in my District, as a strong advocate for the creation of the Salem Business Park. This has created many jobs for the residents. I have championed the Youth in Governance Program from inception, giving high school youth an opportunity to participate in committee discussion and learn what the county provides for all residents.  I am fair, impartial and do not follow any political philosophies. Please vote for me on April 5th so that we can continue the incredible work that we have started.

Nordigan — I will be more fiscally responsible with our tax dollars. My opponent has voted to approve the budget every year increasing it by 24% approximately $13,000,000. She voted against the resolution recommending the County Executive to keep the levy at a 0% increase. I was a small business owner and understand how to meet budgets and keep valued employees.

2.) What will be your top priorities if elected?

Breunig — Economic growth and job creation continue to be a priority, as well as addressing the mental health issue that is prominent in the County. Please vote for me on April 5th so that we can continue the incredible work that we have started.

Nordigan — Keep taxes and budget under control. Skills training for potential employees to fill the available jobs in Kenosha County. Develop a skilled work force to help bring in more employers to Kenosha County. The issues facing the county helping those with mental health illnesses.


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