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TOWN OF NEW HAVEN — Laura Ulrich, the incumbent treasurer in the Town of New Haven, will be on the ballot in the April 2 election against challenger Mark Bartz.
Ulrich, 54, has been married to Ted Ulrich for 36 years. They have three “wonderful adult daughters, along with three equally wonderful son in laws and eight amazing grandchildren.”
The Tribune Press Reporter sent out a questionnaire to candidates in the April election.
Here are Ulrich’s answers:
• What is your occupation? I work for the Boyceville school district, and my husband and I have a beef farm. I also do home health care on the side.
• What is your educational background? WITC and CVTC and Pharmacy Technicians University. I have over 20 years in the medical field. Currently in process to finish my accounting degree.
• What experience do you have as an elected official? I have been treasurer since 2012. In 2018, I started training at Clerk Treasurer’s Institute. It is a four year track to become a Certified Treasurer. This June I will have completed my second year. This past tax season, I was asked if I could help out another township collecting their 2018 taxes. I was very honored to help them out, and I had the privilege to do collections for them out of the Dunn County Treasurer’s office in Menomonie. It was a great experience!
• Why did you decide to run for the treasurer position? I wanted to get to know the township, be part of my community. This has given me an opportunity to meet people I may have never had the chance to meet. Now the townspeople have become my extended neighbors in the township where I reside. I am able to give back to the township by being a good steward acting on behalf of all the townspeople equally regarding their tax dollars.
• What makes you particularly suited to serve as treasurer? My greatest strength is my integrity. I believe even when it isn’t easy you should do your best to foster inclusion. To act with best intent. It is impossible to please all people at all times. I learned by lesson the best way to tamp down conflicts of negativity is to take ownership and be accountable for yourself and your actions.
• What do you believe to be the biggest challenge facing your township? Meeting attendance. The best investment we can make in our community is involvement, bringing questions, ideas or concerns in regard to expenditures, roads and land use, parks and recreation, anything that has an impact on our townspeople or township.
• What do you hope to accomplish serving as treasurer? To continue to foster inclusion, so every townsperson knows this position is about being the best steward of the town’s finances, with integrity and equality for every townsperson.
• Other comments? The opportunity to thank the townspeople and let them know it is has been a privilege to serve the New Haven Township.