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TOWN OF HOWARD — Vernon J. Schindler, incumbent town chair in the Town of Howard, will be on the ballot in the April 2 election along with challenger Gerald Eder.
Vernon Schindler, 76, lives on 100th Avenue in the Town of Howard. His family includes his wife, Mary B., and three grown children. Schindler describes himself as semi-retired. He is a lifelong resident of the Town of Howard.
The Colfax Messenger sent out questionnaires to the candidates.
Here are Schindler’s answers to the questions.
• What is your educational background?
Eight grades at St. John’s school, two years at Bloomer High School and two years at Colfax High School. The consolidation in 1958 is why some high school was in Bloomer and some in Colfax.
• Why did you decide to accept the nomination again for the Howard Town Board? Incumbent with more than 20 terms. First elected as chair in 1973.
• What about your background makes you particularly suited to serve on the town board?
Being on the town board so long, I know the roads like the back of my hand. Also my background, experience, common sense, and honesty is the best policy.
• What do you believe to be the biggest challenges or issues for the Town of Howard?
The biggest is to protect the residents of the Town of Howard, health, welfare and safety of the town residents. Water quality, roads, revenue and property taxes. For non-metallic mining, we have one of the best ordinances in the state. We set the standards for non-metallic mining. A lot of towns tailored their ordinances with Howard! Regarding revenue, the state levy limit does not give you much room for revenue increases.