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Candidate Profile: Richard Thoman

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.

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Position sought: 9th District County Board Supervisor

Age: 57

City/town of residence: Monroe

Family: Married 35 years to wife Jane. We have 4 Sons, 1 Daughter, 3 Daughter-in-laws, and 4 Granddaughters

Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Communications and Associate Degree in Accounting

Occupation: Self-Employed - Owner/operator of hotel properties and apartment properties.

Previous elected positions held: Green County Board Supervisor (9th District) and City of Monroe Alderman (Ward 9).

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

Probably the biggest issue I perceive is the balancing act we perform to keep up our roads, bridges, and other infrastructure while holding down taxes for our constituents. We need to pay competitive wages to keep qualified individuals working for Green County. We also need to eliminate any wasteful spending as there is a very small margin of funds to work with.

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

We need to ensure that local control of the county is not taken from us and placed at the state or federal levels. There needs to be dialogue with our state and federal representatives to ensure that we keep control at the local levels and that we aren't given unfunded mandates to fulfill. I believe it is also our responsibility to educate and make our constituents aware of the issues facing us.