Colfax Village Board candidate: George Richards

COLFAX — Five candidates have filed nomination papers for three positions on the Colfax Village Board for the April 1 election: Mark Halpin (incumbent); Richard Johnson (incumbent); Carey Davis; George Richards; and Jeremy Klukas.

The Colfax Messenger sent out questionnaires to all of the candidates.

George Richards returned the first questionnaire to the Messenger office.

Richards, 66, lives on Dunn Street in Colfax and is the self-employed owner of an LLC. His family includes his wife, Peggy, and daughters Michelle and Connie.

Here are Richards’ answers to the questionnaire:

1. Education: Richards graduated from Tomah High School and attended West Wisconsin Technical College in LaCrosse for welding and maintenance; Northwest Iowa Technical College in Sheldon, Iowa, for machine shop tool and die; and Northcentral Technical College in Wausau for machine shop tool and die.

2. Why did you decide to run as a candidate for the Colfax Village Board in the April 1 election?  I feel I can help Colfax grow and thrive.

3. What aspects of your background make you particularly suited for serving on the village board? Business owner; president of the Colfax Sportsmen’s Club; experience in engineering; past president of a corporation.

4. What issues to you see as being the most important for Colfax and why? Economic development; business development; housing; streets; drug problems.

5. What issues do you hope to bring to the Colfax Village Board or would like to see addressed by the board? Snow removal and parking.

6. Other comments. I believe elected officials should work for the betterment of the community — not from personal interests. Also, the board should act as a team to better the community and help its businesses grow. I have lived in several different areas in the Midwest, and a common problem is a lot of small towns are dying. I would like to see Colfax avoid this and be able to grow.