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Candidate Profile: Betty G. Grotophorst

Green County Board of Supervisors

All Green County Board of Supervisors seats are up for election on the April 3 ballot. Incumbents John Glynn, District 3, Steve Stettler, District 17, and Ted Fahey, District 26, will not be seeking re-election. Fellow incumbent Ron Wolter of District 19 stepped down from his position in August. That seat will be open on the ballot. Joe Snow will be running unopposed for District 3, and John Winters will be running unopposed for District 17.

There are three contested races. In District 2, incumbent Gary Neuenschwander is being challenged by Beth Robinson. In District 26, candidates Jody Hoesly and Harry Pulliam are vying for the same seat Fahey will leave. In District 29, incumbent Betty Grotophorst is being challenged by Mark Gundlach.

Incumbents running unopposed include: District 1, Dennis Everson; District 4, Jerry Guth; District 5, Kate Maresch; District 6, Mike Furgal; District 7, Steve Borowski; District 8, Joan Rufenacht; District 9, Richard Thoman; District 10, Oscar Olson; District 11, Paul Beach; District 12, Harvey Mandel; District 13, Jeff William; District 14, Ken Hodgson; District 15, Sherri Fiduccia; District 16, Art Carter; District 18, Barb Krattiger; District 20, Cal Wickline; District 21, Russ Torkelson; District 22, Harvey Kubly; District 23, Karl Blumer; District 24, Erica Roth; District 25, Kristi Leonard; District 27, Roger Truttmann; District 28, Beth Luchsinger; District 30, Ray Francois; and District 31, Herb Hanson.

Position sought: District 29, Green County Board Supervisor

Age: 64

City/town of residence: Town of Exeter, Belleville

Family: Single

Education: Associate in Applied science, Veterinary Technician

Occupation: retired

Previous elected positions held: incumbant

What are the top issues facing this district/municipality and how would you work to resolve it?

When I talk with my neighbors, we all agree, that Green County is a great place to live and we have further opportunity to growth and strengthen our sense of community. We can do this by further expanding the focus I've had on the Board for the last eight years: making county government more transparent. We need to make sure that more community members can be part of the discussions, both old and young, and tap into new communication options like video or audiotapes of meetings.

Another issue we need to keep top of mind is fiscal responsibility and ensure that our county's limited dollars go to the best opportunities and that resources are shared more equitably within the county, especially to my northern municipality of Exeter. We are slowly depleting the general fund and we need to watch county spending. As your County Board representative, I apply the same approach as my parents did when I grew up in rural Wisconsin in the 1950s and they raised our family of 11 children: With every expense, as yourself if this worth it, is this the best way to spend our dollars for the whole family and, importantly, can we afford it?

What are other key issues facing the district/municipality, and how would you work to resolve them?

Preserving Green County's agricultural heritage of vibrant, locally owned family farms alongside our scenic natural beauty remains my key priority. We all share a love for Green County, whether we've lived here for generations or are newcomers. And therefore, as your County Board Supervisor, I will continue to champion leadership that creates a healthy future for generations to come. I'm not a fan of the "bigger is always better" motto. I'm a fan of growing our community and economic base in a healthy, collaborative way that keeps the water and air clean for all of us.

One way to achieve this healthy future is comprehensive planning today. As your County Board Supervisor, I've been a strong advocate for studying every situation, gathering facts and research so that we can ensure a Green County that continues to have a reputation for thriving business, farms and families. We need to as a community stand up to big business and burdensome government regulations and advocate for our rights, what works best for us now that also creates a healthy future, filled with rolling green hills with happy cows and locally-produced cheese and dairy we all love.


Why are you the best candidate for this office?

I have served on the Green County Board since 2012, which adds up to solid experience yet still leaves me one of the younger members of the board. I understand how the Board works and how to effectively get things done yet am still consistently the one open to and advocating for new ideas and approaches. We need to continue to cultivate a range of perspectives and solutions around the table and respect each other to ensure civil discussion. It's by hearing the voices of everyone in our community that our solutions grow stronger.

I believe the key quality a County Board Supervisor needs is the ability to listen. As your local advocate and connection to county government, I will continue to listen first and work with other members of the Board to craft collaborative solutions. One area I've been championing and will continue to lead is increasing local control in our Wisconsin communities and townships. We, the citizens of Green County, need to decide for ourselves the vision we share for our community in the future and act on that and not be hindered by undue state and federal burdensome regulations.