Election Previews


Leader Staff

County Board, District 10

District 10 incumbent Robert Krause will face challenger David Korth in a Shawano County Board of Supervisors race in the spring election Tuesday.

The district includes Ward 3 of the town of Washington and Wards 1 and 2 of Green Valley.

Supervisors serve two-year terms.

Name: David Korth

Age: 57

Family: Two sons, Ben and Jacob.

Education: Not provided.

Employment: Owner of 4 Seasons Disposal Inc. and Crossroads Drivers Ed.

Experience: Past supervisor of the town of Washington; present chairman of Cecil/Washington Fire Commission; president of the Wisconsin Professional Driving School Association.

Statement: “As a County Board member, you need to make responsible decisions that will affect your district and the county. The attitude to keep spending cannot continue as it is going. You need to use the resources that you have here before outsourcing. As an example, the blacktop work done at the fairgrounds by North East Asphalt and not the county. Asking the county after the fact. You need to rely on your department heads for information but still ask questions.”

Name: Robert W. Krause

Age: Not provided.

Family: Married 34 years to Doreen; three adult children and three grandchildren.

Education: Bonduel High School and UW-Madison

Employment: Self-employed farmer

Experience: Served the public in various capacities over the last 20 years: Zion Lutheran Church, Bonduel School Board, CESA 8 Board, town of Green Valley Planning Commission, Shawano County Farm Bureau and Shawano County Board of Supervisors serving on various committees. Also serves on state boards as a representative of UW-Extension.

Statement: “I have been blessed with the opportunity to ‘give back’ to Shawano County. I was born and raised here, and growing up, I took full advantage of all Shawano County had to offer. I would like to continue to help provide opportunities and services to all residents. We are living in very challenging economic times. Now more than ever, we need to conserve and spend wisely. I believe if we work together, we can continue the heritage that has made Shawano County a great place to live and work.”

County Board, District 18

District 18 incumbent Steven Gueths will be up against challenger Cheryl Klapste in a Shawano County Board of Supervisors race in the spring election Tuesday.

The district includes Wards 2 and 3 of the town of Richmond.

Supervisors serve two-year terms.

Here are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire provided by the Leader:

Name: Steven Gueths

Age: 62

Family: Two sons

Education: Shawano High School; NWTC-Green Bay

Employment: Retired; 34 years with the Shawano County Highway Department

Experience: Richmond town chairman for 34 years; six years on the Shawano County Board; officer with the Red River Sportsman’s Club, including past president

Statement: “I enjoy being a public servant and working for the people of Shawano County. One of the issues we face is getting evidence storage taken care of. We have to rent or buy or build a new storage facility. We have to get this done. We just have to come up with a way of funding it. We also have to get the wage study done and get our employees situated properly. We also have to keep taxpayers in mind so we don’t overtax them and stress them out.”

Name: Cheryl Klapste

Age: 65

Family: Husband and four dogs. Our children are grown

Education: Wittenberg High School

Employment: Formerly owned Sleepy Haven Motel; milk distributor; rental properties and mobile home park; formerly owned laundromat in Cecil

Experience: Was on Wittenberg Village Board for five years; involved with Meals on Wheels

Statement: “I think the County Board needs a new perspective; a new look at the way things are done. That’s true of any board. I don’t like the way our money is being spent. I would like the board to take a more careful look at things

County Board, District 19

District 19 incumbent and County Board Vice Chairman Arlyn Tober will face a challenge from Leone Schneidewend in a Shawano County Board of Supervisors race in the spring election Tuesday.

The district includes the town of Pella, Ward 2 of the town of Herman, and Ward 1 of the town of Grant.

Supervisors serve two-year terms.

Name: Leone Schneidewend

Age: 66

Education: High school and one year college.

Employment: Retired.

Experience: I was in some management positions in my travels.

Statement: “I was born and raised in Shawano, I attended school in Shawano. At the ripe old age of 18 after high school, I left the area to seek my fame and fortune (smile). What I found was my husband of 36 years. We have two adopted children. Our son lives in southern Wisconsin, and our daughter, who is disabled, lives with us on a small hobby farm east of town. I am running for County Board because I feel we need change. Some items have been waiting a decision far too long. Questions need answers, and I would like the opportunity to seek out those answers.”

Name: Arlyn Tober

Age: Not provided.

Family: Married; four children.

Education: 12 years.

Employment: Retired farmer and cheesemaker.

Experience: County Board vice chairman

Statement: “Shawano County has a very bright future. We have very good department heads and employees. The county debt is paid down and, according to our auditors, we are in excellent financial condition. We just have to watch our budgets to see that it stays that way and keep our budgets balanced. Every supervisor knows we need an evidence storage building. Maybe in 2014 a compromise can be reached and build one or remodel an existing building to meet our need and not our wants. Another major item is our highways. Each year, we blacktop less and are not keeping up with our maintenance schedule. We are only doing half of what we should. Working into the future with the knowledge of the past, I believe, are some of my best assets.”