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TOWN OF HOWARD — Jeffrey Bennesch is one of two candidates in the April 6 election for Supervisor I on the Howard Town Board.
Bennesch will face Heather Rothbauer-Wanish on the ballot for the Supervisor I position.
Bennesch, age 53, became the owner and operator of Frosty View Farms, a fourth-generation family farm, in 1993. He also is employed at Beskar Farms of Wheeler as a service technician and equipment operator.
A graduate of Colfax High School in 1985, Bennesch has a diploma from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Agricultural Mechanics and has participated for more than 10 years in CVTC’s farm business management continuing education program.
Here are Bennesch’s answers to a candidate questionnaire sent out by the Colfax Messenger:
What experience do you have as an elected official or in leadership positions?
I have a combined 35-plus years serving on various cooperative and governmental boards and committees. I currently serve as the board chair for the Wisconsin Farmers Health Insurance Cooperative and as the chair of the Chippewa County Zoning Board of Adjustment. I am currently serving on the Chippewa County Deer Advisory Committee for the DNR. I have also served two terms as the Town of Howard Constable.
Why did you decide to run for town board supervisor?
I decided to run for the open supervisor position to serve the residents and tax payers with the knowledge and experience I have gained over my years as a farm owner, employee and as a member of various cooperative boards.
What do you believe to be the biggest challenges or issues facing the township?
To continue to perform the necessary maintenance, repairs, and public services the Town provides all while staying within the revenue the Town has available.
What do you hope to accomplish by serving on your town board?
It is my goal as supervisor to continue to provide the level of services that the town residents, tax payers, and those who travel to the town for business, and recreation have come to expect and improve those areas that we can while staying within budget.
Why are you the best candidate for town supervisor?
I believe that I am the better candidate for supervisor based on my experience as an owner of a large capitol business, employer, and employee in the private sector along with the experience that has come with living in and working in other parts of the United States. I lived in Colorado for two years working for a public utility company and Massachusetts for four months working for a landscape/masonry company.
Anything else you would like voters to know?
From the time I turned 18 to the present I have served the Town of Howard in various ways as Town Constable, Firefighter/First Responder, patrol operator and with storm cleanup. To be elected as supervisor I believe is the next step in my continuing service to the residents/taxpayers of the Town of Howard. Thank you for your consideration.