Incumbent trustees have single challenger in April race
Funding street repairs among village issues
Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Hales Corners Village Board in the general election Tuesday, April 7.
The ballot includes Michael Stockinger and incumbents Donald Schwartz, Linda Teschendorf and Joseph Mesec.
Candidate David Adams withdrew from the race; however, he will be on the ballot.
Trustees serve two-year terms and are paid $3,600 per year. They also receive $25 per month in vehicle allowance.
First elected to the board in April 2007, Mesec is running again partly because the past two years have been an education for the retired engineer.
"It takes a while to get up to speed about things that are going on in the village to make some intelligent decisions," Mesec said. "To be honest, I kind of enjoy knowing what's going on in the village and having somewhat of a say in it."
Mesec said, if elected, he will stress the need for improvements to deteriorating village streets and roads.
"In the years I've been on the board, we haven't done as much as I would have liked in terms of road repair and rebuilding," Mesec said.
Schwartz was first elected to the board in 2003. He said community service is his major motivation for running again.
"My board colleagues and me were able to get 80 percent funding for the (Hales Corners) pool back," Schwartz said, referring to Milwaukee County's decision last year to commit $50,000 to the cash-strapped facility for this summer.
Schwartz said, if elected, he would advocate getting a handle on recent annual double-digit increases in health care premiums for village employees.
"I think we ought to have a liaison to the state and federal governments," he said. "We need to have more dialogue with our state and federal officials because (health care expenses) are really out of control."
Stockinger is the father of former Trustee Robert Stockinger. The elder Stockinger, who ran unsuccessfully for the board a year ago, said he wanted to give it another try.
"Residents should serve their community, and I think this is the way to do it," said Stockinger, who is known to some residents as a vocal opponent of leaf-burning.
Stockinger said he is not focused on solving a particular problem or issue.
"A board member has to make decisions on what comes before the board at the time it does," Stockinger said. "Keeping taxes down is always a key, but you have to do it with keeping services in line."
Teschendorf is seeking another term because "there are not enough people out there to fight for the rights of the citizens," she said.
"I believe that you cannot please all the people, all of the time," Teschendorf said. "But I also believe in listening to the people of this village regardless of my personal feelings on an issue."
A trustee for nearly 15 years, Teschendorf agreed with Mesec that street and road improvements should take a priority.
"For more then a decade, I have been fighting to up our budget for the roads," she said. "The board has been working toward a goal for accomplishing just that. I want to be there to see this goal become a reality."
John Neville can be reached at (262) 446-6609.
ADDRESS: 5311 S. Allenwood Lane
RESIDENCY IN DISTRICT: 48 years
EDUCATION: bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, University of Notre Dame
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Community Development Authority, Labor Relations Subcommittee, Public Works Commission
CONTACT: (414) 425-5667
ADDRESS: 5811 S. 121st St.
RESIDENCY IN DISTRICT: 18 years
OCCUPATION: college professor
EDUCATION: master's degree, Georgetown University; bachelor's degree, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Historic Preservation Commission, July 4 Committee, Community Development Authority, Awards Recognition Subcommittee, Leaf Disposal Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Hales Corner Pool
CONTACT: (414) 529-4821
ADDRESS: 10832 W. Rockne Ave.
RESIDENCY IN DISTRICT: 32 years
OCCUPATION: risk manager, bank
EDUCATION: degree in finance, Gateway Technical Institute
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Environmental Committee, Board of Review, July 4 Committee
CONTACT: (414) 529-1830
ADDRESS: 12033 N. Ridge Trail
RESIDENCY IN DISTRICT: more than 30 years
OCCUPATION: real estate consultant and mentor for new agents
EDUCATION: attended Milwaukee Area Technical College
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Senior Citizens Committee, Ecology Committee, Building Board, Community Access Cablevision Committee
CONTACT: (414) 425-2840
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