Election heavily contested

Ten candidates vie for four Oak Creek trustee seats

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Oak Creek trustee candidates

Larry "L.A." Anderson

Oak Creek resident for: 10 years

Why he's running: "I'm just going to try to help this town unify itself and get back to being a really nice community."

David Ege

Age: 49

Occupation: Retired

Oak Creek resident for: Four years

Why he is running: "When I first moved to town, I was very impressed with how welcome I was made to feel. The second thing was, when I broke my neck, the town just came together and did so much for me and my wife and my family. Now that I'm retired, I've got time, I've got experience in budgeting and dealing with money, with people and with conflict resolution. I've got time to give back, and that's what I want to do."

Bernard Gagne

Age: 44

Occupation: Electrician

Oak Creek resident for: Four years

Why he is running: "I feel there's a need for more openness, more dialogue with the residents of Oak Creek. I wanted to see if I could put a more friendly face on the Town Board, to be more approachable."

Wendy Gustafson

Oak Creek resident for: Two years

Why she is running: "I have felt overwhelmed by the friendliness of the town since I moved here. I have great neighbors. Oak Creek's sense of community is precious and something worth trying to keep."

Cal Martindale

Age: 27

Occupation: Contractor

Oak Creek resident for: 27 years

Why he is running: "Oak Creek's going to grow whether people want it to or not. With my construction background, I can be valuable."

Josh Voorhis

Age: 36

Occupation: U.S. Forest Service range conservationist

Oak Creek resident for: 2 years

Why he is running: "I'm concerned over the future of the town of Oak Creek, and there's a need for a different focus. The town has a lot of concern over the police department - I don't know if we need to be focusing on that. There's a lot of problems with infrastructure - water and sewer, roads and all that."

Chuck Wisecup

Age: 49

Occupation: Fire chief

Oak Creek resident for: 47 years

Why he is running: "I have the background knowledge and experience to help the town through some of its issues."

Richard Wisecup

Age: 47

Occupation: Towing and recycling

Oak Creek resident for: 47 years

Why he is running: "The nonsense that's going on with the cops ain't necessary. I've lived here all my life, I figured I'd do what I can to make the town more stable."

Candidates Steve "Spike" Beven and John Crawford could not be reached for comment.

Where to go

The polling place for all registered voters is Oak Creek Town Hall, at 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd. Voters can cast their ballots between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday.

— Seven faces new to the Oak Creek political scene are challenging three incumbents for trustee seats on the Town Board in Tuesday's election - the most heavily contested race in the town's recent memory.

The candidates range from retirees to young parents. They cite motivations from dissatisfaction with the town's current leadership to their love of Oak Creek.

Incumbent trustees Steve "Spike" Beven, John Crawford and Chuck Wisecup are all seeking another term on the Town Board. They will be challenged by Larry "L.A." Anderson, David Ege, Bernard Gagne, Wendy Gustafson, Cal Martindale, Josh Voorhis and Richard Wisecup.

Among the 10 candidates, the top three finishers will serve four-year terms on the Town Board. The fourth-place finisher will serve for two years.

Trustee Dave Fisher and Mayor Pro-Tem Angie Krall are not up for re-election this year, and Trustee Tom Bleuer is not seeking another term.

A common thread among the challengers was that the current Town Board is not handling issues as it should, particularly Oak Creek's budget shortfall.

"The budget definitely deserves a great deal more attention than it's being given," Gagne said.

"I've been to a lot of Town Board meetings - I've never heard them say anything about how to make more money, only how we're spending it," Martindale said.

Mayor contest

In the mayoral race, Bill Paxton and Gerry Greenwood are challenging incumbent Mayor J. Elliott. The winner of the three-way race will serve a two-year term as mayor.

Elliott was elected to the Town Board in 2002 and was appointed mayor in November 2006 after Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman resigned.

Greenwood serves on the Oak Creek Planning Commission and spent 10 years on the Oak Creek Fire Protection District Board. Greenwood also served a one-year appointed term as mayor after five years on the Town Board in the 1990s.

Paxton served on the Town Board from 2000 to July 2006, when he resigned citing dissatisfaction with town decisions regarding several Oak Creek residents.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

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424now 6 years, 8 months ago

I did not need to visualize that kid on the porch.

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