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TOWN OF STANTON — Bob Anderson is currently a supervisor on the Stanton Town Board and is running for chair in the April 2 election.
Anderson, age 50, and his wife, Candy, do not have children although they do have one dog and one cat in the family.
The Tribune Press Reporter sent out a questionnaire to Anderson, and here are his answers:
• What is your occupation? — Retired civil engineer. On the advice of my oncologist (I am now in remission), I retired in 2015 after 23 years of working at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. I worked in building and designing road construction projects, and when I retired, I had worked my way up to an Engineering Supervisor with a staff of 12 to 18 people. I took a break from WisDOT for two years in 2005 and 2006 and worked for the Dunn County Highway Department as the county’s highway engineer. Growing up, I worked at my family’s beef cattle and horse ranch. I also worked at my family’s farm equipment dealership.
• What is your educational background? — Graduated from Platte S.D. High School in 1987. Graduated from South Dakota State University in 1992 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
• What experience do you have as an elected official? — I am currently serving as a supervisor for the Town of Stanton Board and have served for approximately six years.
• Why did you decide to run for town chair? — I am very familiar with the issues the town is facing such as financing our portion of the fire hall and how to keep our town roads in great shape all while keeping the Town of Stanton’s portion of the property taxes low. I want to keep the Town of Stanton going in the positive direction it has been over the past years. Being retired will allow me to devote the time needed to fill the important role for the town. I look forward to following in the footsteps of previous chairmen Marv Lansing and Rich Monn. I have been endorsed by current Chair Rich Monn.
• What makes you particularly suited to serve on the town board? — Serving on the town board for six years has given me the chance to hit the ground running if I should be elected as the next chairman. Working at WisDOT, Dunn County Highway, and previous town board experience have given me skills in budgeting, weighing the difference between a “need” vs. a “want,” communication including public speaking, problem solving and conflict resolution. I have also been told that in my decision making, I listen to what the issues are and make a decision that is firm, but fair, and use common sense. Along with being told I am a man of my word, honest, approachable and a man of the highest integrity.
• What do you believe are the biggest challenges facing your township? — Funding for road maintenance and construction has and will continue to be one of the biggest if not the biggest issue the town faces. We have a great road system in the Town of Stanton, and we need to make sure it stays that way. Keeping our great employees, Clerk/Treasurer Val Windsor and Road Maintenance Staff Kevin Finder, working for the town. They both do an exceptional job. We also have many other great employees that help us out like the election workers and roll-off day attendants.
• What do you hope to accomplish by serving as chair of the Town of Stanton? — Keeping the Town of Stanton a great place to live. Keeping up the maintenance needs of the town’s road system. Financing the town’s portion of the new fire hall. Keeping property taxes low, while still providing for the health, safety and welfare of Stanton’s residents. Continue to work together with the town’s residents to resolve issues as they come up.
• Other comments? — None.