Two candidates on ballot for Colfax Town board

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  Two candidates will be on the ballot for the Supervisor I position on the Colfax Town Board in the April 4 election: Jason Klukas and Kevin J. Moore.

Incumbent Supervisor II Gary Bjork is running unopposed.

Incumbent Treasurer Christine Lorenzen also is running unopposed.

Ron Hoffman currently serves as Supervisor I.

Voters in the Town of Colfax approved a referendum question last fall to appoint the town clerk.

The Colfax Messenger recently provided questionnaires to Klukas and Moore.

Here are profiles of the two candidates.

Klukas

Jason Klukas, 41, is a 1993 graduate of Colfax High School and earned an associate degree in Automotive Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.

Klukas’s family includes his wife, Shelly, and son, Jacob.

He is employed as a parts and service manager for Roland Machinery out of Eau Claire.

Other than the Town of Colfax, Klukas has lived in San Antonio, Texas, Altus, Oklahoma, Aviano, Italy, and Grand Forks, North Dakota.

• Why did you decide to accept the nomination for the Supervisor I position on the Colfax Town Board?

I decided to run to help the Town of Colfax community be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers.

• What makes you particularly suited to serve on the town board?

My background of living in other states and counties gives me a unique perspective on how other governments are run and what works and what doesn’t. My background in heavy equipment will also help me make educated choices on repairs and equipment purchases.

• What do you believe to be the biggest challenges facing the Town of Colfax?

The challenges include trying to maintain good roads and equipment with shrinking budgets. Also the need for housing and commercial expansion while trying to maintain a rural community.

• What do you hope to accomplish as a supervisor on the Colfax Town Board?

I hope to provide common sense solutions and alternatives to the hard-working taxpayers of the township.

Moore

Kevin J. Moore, 55, has been married to Melissa Morgan for 29 years.

He has been a registered nurse since 1992 and has worked in acute care neuroscience and trauma and as a surgical first assistant.

Moore served as a Signals Intelligence Analyst in the United States Army from 1984 to 1988.

He was raised in Morristown, New York, in the St. Lawrence River valley and has lived in California and Texas while on active duty in the U.S. Army from August of 1984 through December of 1988. Moore lived in Eau Claire from 1989 until 2014 with Melissa. In 2014, he and Melissa moved to the Town of Colfax.

Moore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in biology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from UW – Eau Claire and attended the defense Language Institute in Latin American Spanish.

• Why did you decide to accept the nomination for the Supervisor I position on the Colfax Town Board?

When I learned a board supervisor seat would be vacant, I decided this is an opportunity to contribute to the community in a different way. I recognize that I share concerns that quality of life, support of agricultural, economic, health and environmental quality are central to this community.

• What makes you particularly suited to serve on the town board?

Serving as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army helped sharpen skills of information processing and critical thinking. Twenty-five years of experience as a registered nurse, in numerous and multiple roles and settings, has taught me to listen, research and think carefully about issues and action.

• What do you believe to be the biggest challenges facing the Town of Colfax?

I share the concerns of the majority from the township responding to the planning commission survey which is groundwater quality and quantity. Air quality and transportation will continue to be significant challenges. Maintaining the high quality of renewable as well as non-renewable resources is critical to the community. 

• What do you hope to accomplish as a supervisor on the Colfax Town Board?

I will strive to continue responsive, fiscally responsible local government. 

• Other comments?

Representative democracy requires participation. Good government is possible, and I think best provided, with strong local control. Coordinating with each level of government as well as other townships leads to sound and cost effective government.