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Meeting the District 17 supervisory candidates

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The position of Supervisor is up for election in District 17 since current incumbent, Brian A. Hurtgen has filed his declaration of non-candidacy.

District 17 covers the towns of Cylon, Emerald, Forest and Glenwood and the city of Glenwood City and the village of Deer Park.

Running as candidates for the April election are Judy Achterhof of Emerald and David Olson of Glenwood City.

 Both candidates were given a list of questions and they chose to respond to the following:

“There are many issues affecting St. Croix County at this time-wind farming, frac mining, nursing homes, libraries, zoning laws-to name a few,” said Achterhof of her decision to run. “I care and consider myself worthy of having a voice and representing others who care”.

According to Achterhof, her main goal if elected would be to have a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being a St. Croix County Supervisor.

Achterhof has served on several boards in the county. She was on the Home and Community Education Board, the Baldwin Library Board and the St. Croix County Fair Board.

Currently, Judy is serving her second year on the Indianhead Federated Library System Board and she is in her tenth year on the Glenwood City School Board

“These experiences will aid me to better represent my district’s members on the County Board of Supervisors,” shared Achterhof.

Judy has lived in the St. Croix County for nearly 40 years now. Her husband Tom has lived in the area all his life.

Tom is retired from Andersen Windows and now spends much of his time hunting with their three English Setters and shooting trap and skeet.

Together, Judy and Tom have two children who each graduated from the Glenwood City School District.

Their son is a legal assistant at a law firm in Chicago and is currently in the process of deciding what career path he wants to chose in graduate school. Their daughter attends Brown University in Rhode Island and is majoring in Architectural Studies and is also planning on enrolling in graduate school.

As for Judy, she has a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Judy was a substitute teacher in the New Richmond School District. Now she volunteers for Destination Imagination, Academic Decathlon, DECA and the Kohl Scholarship Committee to name a few.

As for Mr. Olson, his decision to run for Supervisor was quite simple; there was an open seat and he didn’t want the citizens of District 17 to be left unrepresented.

If elected, Olson has one specific goal in mind and that is to “insure fiscal responsibility for the citizens’ hard earned tax dollars”.

As for Olson’s qualifications and experiences, he has almost 30 years in construction with management of multi-million dollar projects, maintaining safety and budget limits.