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Age: 62 Address: 2519 Foresville Drive, Green Bay Years in district: 24 Occupation: Retired firefighter and paramedic Family: Wife, Rebecca Education: Green Bay Premontre High School, NWTC, UW-Stevens Point Political experience: None Community involvement: President of Green Bay Storm Inc.; announcer for UW-Green Bay women’s basketball; developer of VandenPlas Field behind Southwest High School; member of American Legion Post 11. What is your position on a proposal that all county department heads present 2011 budget recommendations with a zero tax levy increase? I believe that we need to find a way to responsibly run government without raising taxes. In the same aspect, we also need to protect jobs. There must be accountability from everyone to accomplish this goal. Given our eco-
Patrick J. Buckley
Age: 44 Address: 3266 West Point Road, Green Bay Years in district: 16 Occupation: Retired Green Bay police officer; owner/operator of Buckley Enterprises Family: Wife, Brenda, two children Education: Police science degree Political experience: Candidate for sheriff in 2002 Community involvement: Special Olympics, Fraternal Order of Police, Cerebral Palsy telethon, Oneida Health Works blood drive. What is your position on a proposal that all county department heads present 2011 budget recommendations with a zero tax levy increase? I feel at this point all department heads should bring forth a zero tax levy increase. We need to review governmental efficiencies and consolidation consid-
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Bruce VandenPlas and John Vander Leest are seeking a twoyear-term at an annual salary of $7,800, for District 11 on Green Bay’s southwest side. nomic times, everyone needs to work together to lower taxes and continue to keep a strong and viable work force. With everyone’s help we can accomplish these goals. A zero tax levy increase may not be feasible considering the economic situation. However, all department heads need to work to that end.
John Vander Leest (i)
Age: 30 Address: 1422 Beech Tree Drive, Green Bay Years in district: 26 Occupation: Broker associate, Green Bay Real Estate LLC. Family: Single Education: Green Bay Southwest, Bachelor of Arts in administration at UW-Madison Political experience: Brown County supervisor 2002-present; chairman of Education & Recreation
Committee; Green Bay alderman 2002-present; chairman of city’s Finance Committee 2004-present. Community involvement: Member of Knights of ColumbusVince Lombardi Chapter; member of Brown County Taxpayers Association; member of Blue Line Club of Green Bay Gamblers; member of ASPIRO What is your position on a proposal that all county department heads present 2011 budget recommendations with a zero tax levy increase? Property taxes are already too high in Brown County. As an elected official, it is my responsibility to continually look for new and creative ways to hold property taxes down. Each department should be reviewed for efficiencies and to determine what is necessary to run the respective department. To my constituents, I pledge to always vote to hold property taxes down and to challenge wasteful spending.
Patrick Buckley and Tony Klemme are seeking a two-year term, at an annual salary of $7,800, in District 12 that is on Green Bay’s southwest side. erations. I think that we need to look not only at 2011, but continue to look out to the year 2020. The budget situation is not going to get any better without drastically changing the way we are conducting business. We need to put a 10year working budget in place so we can better identify what we need to do today to maintain the high quality of life residents deserve.
Age: 29 Address: 1710 King of Arms Drive, Green Bay Years in district: One Occupation: Actuarial associate, Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance Family: Wife, Sara Education: Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, UW-Madi-
son Political experience: None Community involvement: Food pantry volunteer and greeter; member of United Way Basic Needs Impact Council What is your position on a proposal that all county department heads present 2011 budget recommendations with a zero tax levy increase? Unfortunately, this proposal attempts to oversimplify the issue. If the cost of providing emergency services goes up, are we willing to blindly cut back on police protection? We need to trust our department heads to put forth solid and fiscally responsible budgets. If they recommend a levy increase to maintain service, it’s the County Board’s responsibility to prioritize the quality of services, find areas of savings to make up for potential increases and still be able to avoid tax increases.
Ryan Radue Age: 32
Address: 813 Woodrow St., Denmark Years in district: Three Occupation: Co-owner, Radue Homes Inc.; coowner, Radue Realty Inc.; publisher, The Denmark News Family: Wife, Julie, two children Education: Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and Spanish, UW-Platteville Political experience: Village of Denmark trustee 2008-present; chairman of village’s Administration and Finance Committee; member of Planning Commission. Community involvement: Publisher of weekly community newspaper; member of Denmark Community Business Association; member of Brown County Home Builders Association; member of Realtors Association of NE Wisconsin What is your position on a proposal that all county department heads present 2011 budget recommendations with a zero tax levy increase? We simply cannot continue to raise taxes. We need to make government smaller and smarter and judge each program by its effectiveness, not how it was
Age: 67 Address: 133 N. Superior St., De Pere Years in district: 32 Occupation: Semi-retired from LeDuc Properties LLC Family: Single Education: Bachelor of Science, UW-Stevens Point Political experience: Former staff intern for two U.S. senators; former candidate for Congress and state Legislature Community involvement: Past member of Green Bay Optimist Club; former member of Multiculture Center Board; hosted weekly public affairs radio program from 1984-1998; UWGB Board of Visitors; Brown County Historical Society; sponsor of UWGB Phuture Phoenix program; member of Green
Ryan Radue and Vicky Van Vonderen are seeking a two-year term, at an annual salary of $7,800, in District 17 that includes the village of Denmark, the towns of Ledgeview and Rockland, parts of the towns of Glenmore and New Denmark, and part of the city of De Pere. funded last year. A zero tax increase should be the goal each year, not just during an economic recession. Families and businesses are struggling and have had to reduce spending. The county must in turn tighten their belt. Every penny in the budget must be accounted for and accomplish a goal that benefits the people of Brown County. We need to get back the basics and return the savings to the taxpayers we serve.
Vicky L. Van Vonderen
Age: 55 Address: 2645 Bildings Drive, De Pere Years in district: 13 Occupation: Senior vice president-administration and chief financial officer at Dean Distributing Inc. Family: Husband, Rick, two children Education: Master’s degree in business administration, UWOshkosh; bachelor’s degree in busi-
ness administration, St. Norbert College Political experience: Third term as supervisor for town of Rockland Community involvement: Secretary for Rockland Planning Commission What is your position on a proposal that all county department heads present 2011 budget recommendations with a zero tax levy increase? Brown County needs a reputation as a community with a high quality of life. A high quality of life creates opportunities for its citizens and its businesses. A budget is a financial guide for the current year and also the means to create future savings and economic investments. Holding the line on operational costs is expected, however we still need the ability to invest in improvements. An effective county budget which improves the quality of life while using tax revenues responsibly is accomplished with effective leadership and respectful problem solving. No one wants to spend money or raise taxes irresponsibly.
Jack LeDuc and Kris Schuller are seeking a two-year term, at an annual salary of $7,800, in District 18 that includes part of the city of De Pere. Bay’s founding Rotary Club; member of Antiquarian Society; member of De Pere Area Men’s Club. What is your position on a proposal that all county department heads present 2011 budget recommendations with a zero tax levy increase? While I stand totally for a zero tax levy increase, all too often elected officials make promises for political purposes. With federal and state unfunded mandates, to tie the hands of our future board to effectively, responsibly, yet in a fiscally sound fashion conduct our business to fulfill the needs and services required, I will rely on my constituents’ advice and counsel to keep taxes down yet govern effectively.
Age: 49 Address: 110 Zita St., De Pere Years in district: Nine Occupation: Project communication manager, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Family: Married, two children Education: Bachelor of Arts in mass communications, UW-Milwaukee Political experience: None Community involvement: Member of promotions committee
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