Elections matter

      Thank you to all the Salem residents who voted for me in the primary election. I look forward to continuing to meet more of you in my door-to-door campaign.

      I am on the ballot in two spots because of deadlines. I think that the appointee, Ted Kmeic, is doing a good job so far and support him for the one-year. I want to serve in the two-year seat.

      Our town ordinance requires town board committees. Those were disbanded by the former town chair and have not been reinstated. Those committees put the town board in the driver’s seat when it comes to town business. The board is responsible for policy and procedure creation and do not just rubberstamp what the

administrator presents.

      Salem has a restrictive purchasing policy approved some years ago when a former town chair used the town charge card loosely. The town clerk had one charge card, which had to be signed out to use. Now, many people have a charge card.

      State law says the town clerk should receive claims

(bills) against the town, make sure the claims are valid and that there is enough money in the budget to cover the claim. When she approves them, those bills go to the town board. After the board approves them, they are paid.

      Right now, one staff member receives the bills and pays them. Sometimes the clerk and board see them prior to payment, sometimes that doesn’t happen. Last December, an $87,000 town charge card bill was paid prior to the clerk or town board seeing and approving that bill. I received the information through an open

record request.

      I would like the opportunity to serve on the board to help make sure the town operates by the book.

      You should know your candidates. I have never called myself one thing and then run under a different label. And I believe that elections matter; that your vote counts. We have an election

cycle in Wisconsin that allows you to vote out those who have not served you well. I don’t believe in frivolous spending.

    I have covered most local governments in the Westosha

Report for the past 12 years. I have seen what works and what doesn’t. I have a working relationship with numerous elected officials because of that work. Those are very important relationships right now since we must work together to weather the correct economic storm facing community.

      You will find additional information on my Web site,

www.gailsrun.org. I’m asking you to vote for me in the general election on April 3. You will find my name first on the ballot for the two-

year seat.

Gail Peckler-Dziki

Candidate for Salem Town Supervisor




Vote for the ‘Non-Politician’

      On April 3, the voters of Randall have one contested race for town supervisor. I urge you all to come out and cast your ballot for Mark Halvey, the “Non-Politician.” In this era of bitter partisan politics, Mark is truly unique, an independent person who’s only agenda is to do what’s best for our town.

      Mark has proven his independence by doing his homework, studying the issues at hand and then making his decisions on what’s best for the people of Randall. Mark is not swayed by the loud voices in the room or those with hidden agendas. You can never say Mark is with one side or the other, his voting record proves it. Mark is here to serve the people of the town he loves, not to further himself as most politicians do.

      Mark has worked hard for us in and out of office. Spending countless hours performing work for the town without seeking any compensation or recognition. From working on the piers to cleaning the parks, Mark never says no when asked for help. How many politicians do you ever see doing that? The “Non Politician” label clearly fits when it comes to Mark Halvey.

      So on April 3, please go out and cast your ballot for Mark Halvey, Randall’s “Non-Politician.”



Ken Mangold





Gov. Walker’s many accomplishments

      I recall Governor Walker promising to balance the budget without raising taxes and without massive layoffs; protecting jobs; eliminating a $3.6 billion deficit; and holding the line on property taxes. Walker kept those promises, saved thousands of union jobs and actually reduced the school property levy.

      I recall the days of Doyle and the Democrats with multi-billion dollar budget deficits, double-digit tax increases, the loss of 150,000 jobs, unpaid furloughs, and 7.5 percent unemployment.

      I recall Tom Barrett running for governor in 2010. I wonder why Barrett has not come out in support of the mining bill that would have an impact on an industry that directly employs 2,933 workers in Milwaukee. Barrett refuses to express support for a bill that would bring badly needed jobs. But then I recall Barrett supports public sector union workers, not private sector union workers. No wonder the president of one of the five unions begging Democrats to pass the bill said of the Democrats, “they are not with us.”

      I recall Kathleen Falk promising to hold the state budget hostage to public sector unions if elected governor.

      I recall reading that Wisconsin gained 15,700 private-sector jobs in January and the jobless rate fell to 6.9 percent. January’s private-sector gains are the largest since April 1992.

      I recall Walker promising to lay the foundation for a more successful Wisconsin by implementing bold reforms, keeping his promises to businesses and taxpayers and reversing the failed liberal policies of the past.

      Join me in recalling Walker’s many accomplishments.

      Larry Holterman






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