By LeAnn R. Ralph
TOWN OF COLFAX — Lisa Bragg-Hurllburt, a Town of Colfax resident, will be on the April 7 ballot for Supervisor 1 on the Colfax Town Board.
Bragg-Hurlburt will face challenger Ronald Hoffman for the Supervisor 1 position.
Dean Loglsett, who currently serves on the Colfax Town Board in the Supervisor 1 position is running in the April election for town chair along with Roger Larson.
Bragg-Hurlburt, 45, has been married to her husband, Jon Hurlburt, for 19 years and is mother to Michael, 16; Emma, 14; and Leila, 6. She is a librarian at the Colfax Public Library. She grew up in Rhinelander and moved to Eau Claire in 1987. She and her family have lived in Colfax for seven years and plan to be permanent residents in the area.
The Colfax Messenger recently sent out questionnaires to candidates running in the April election.
Here are Bragg-Hurlburt’s answers to the questions:
• What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Religious Studies and Philosophy from UW-Eau Claire.
• Why did you decide to run for the Colfax Town Board?
I’ve attended a few town board and planning commission meetings and thought this was something that I could do, and that it would be a wonderful way to serve my community.
• What makes you particularly suited to serve on the Colfax Town Board?
I know how to listen to people, study all sides of an issue, and work collaboratively with others. I can understand complex issues, and I believe I am fair. I will work hard to advocate for our community’s best interests.
• What do you believe to be the biggest challenges facing the Town of Colfax?
Sand mining is one of the biggest issues facing rural Wisconsin today. It brings with it a host of issues including air and water quality, noise, and increased truck and train traffic. We need to make sure we have a strong ordinance in place that protects people’s health, safety and property values.
• What ideas do you have for increasing revenue or decreasing spending?
A well-written and thorough sand mine ordinance will help maintain our property values and the rural/agricultural flavor of our township. We need to make sure that any damages caused by sand mining are paid for by the companies involved so that the burden doesn’t fall to local taxpayers.
• Why are you the best candidate for Colfax Town Board?
I think I am the best candidate for Colfax Town board because I care about the issues we face and know how to stand up for what’s right. I am a reasonable person but also know how to be persuasive and bring people together when there’s an important issue at stake. As a land owner, parent, gardener, and member of a hunting and fishing family, I care deeply about our environment and natural resources.