By LeAnn R. Ralph
TOWN OF STANTON — The Town of Stanton has four candidates on the ballot for the April 4 election.
Incumbent town chair Rich Monn is running unopposed.
Bob Anderson, challenger; Steve Nielsen (incumbent); and Melissa Schutz (incumbent) will be on the ballot for two town supervisor positions.
Anderson, age 48, is a retired civil engineer in highway design and construction and is married to his wife, Candy. Their family includes one dog, Lucy, and one cat, Josey.
Anderson has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University.
“Now that my cancer is stable, and I feel good, along with being retired, I have the time to devote to the Town of Stanton,” Anderson said.
The most important issue facing the Town of Stanton is keeping up with the town road maintenance and improving some roads while on a very limited budget, he said.
If elected to the Stanton Town Board, Anderson said he hopes “to work with the town board and the town’s maintenance person to keep our roads in good shape.”
Voicemail messages left for incumbent supervisor Steve Nielsen on March 15 and again on March 24 asking for an e-mail address to send a candidate profile questionnaire or for verbal answers to the questionnaire were not returned.
Incumbent supervisor Melissa Schutz also will be on the April 4 ballot for town supervisor.
Schutz, who was elected as supervisor in 2015, also is chair of the Stanton Plan Commission. She graduated from Prairie Farm High School in 1999 and continued her education at Western Technical College in LaCrosse and earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in printing and publishing and graphic design in 2001. She has attended ongoing education courses, including creative leadership and business related courses. She also is pursuing a certificate in marketing management at Chippewa Valley Technical College.
Schutz said she decided to run for re-election because she has a continued interest in becoming more involved in the community.
“I feel it is important for the younger generations to step up, learn and get involved for the benefit and diversity of our local townships, organizations and communities. I first joined the Town of Stanton Planning Commission in June 2014 and was elected to the board in 2015. I have enjoyed learning and being involved with the township and would like to further my contribution,” she said.
If Schutz is re-elected to the town board, her main goal is to represent the Town of Stanton residents to the best of her ability with their interests, concerns and recommendations in mind.
Schutz also hopes to continue with the inspection, evaluation and maintenance of roads in the township.
“While the roads in our township are in better shape than those of our neighbors, they will require maintenance and repair, which has gotten increasingly more costly as the years have gone by. We will continue to work with the budget to spend dollars where they are are most needed to maintain the existing roads and plan for future improvement,” Schutz said.