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Thiensville President

Voter's guide for April 3 (one seat)

March 21, 2012

Van Mobley

Age: 43

Employer/ occupation: professor, Concordia University- Wisconsin

Education: Ph.D. in history, UW-Madison; BA in economics from Vanderbilt University

Contact: (262) 512-9732

Why are you running for office?

Thiensville has been wonderful to my family. We love it. I know the issues and personalities here - and I have the experience required to be an effective village president. Thiensville is a great village, and I would be honored by an opportunity to serve in a new role.

Given the need to rehabilitate all or portions of Main Street, how would you address the issue of water mains for the area?

Main Street must be rehabilitated soon, but not immediately. We should think before fixing it. Some existing businesses want municipal water, some don't, and some are undecided. Would the existence of municipal water make it more or less likely we attract high quality businesses to currently empty lots or buildings on Main Street? We must answer that question before we rehabilitate the road.

How should the village encourage development/redevelopment in its business district?

Reduce taxes, maintain and/or upgrade quality services, do little things to ensure the business district looks its best, market wisely, and respond vigorously to opportunities as they arise. Realistically speaking if the overall state and national economy fails to get some lift we will be fighting to keep what we have. But with a little luck, Thiensville will blossom in an upturn. I am optimistic about the future.

Roland Runge

Age: 54

Employer/ occupation: allied health instructor, Bryant & Stratton College

Education: Bachelor of Arts in business and associate degree in Nursing from Cardinal Stritch University; master's in Health Administration, Kennedy Western University; master's in Nursing Administration; master's in Business, Canyon College.

Contact: rnrunge1@gmail.com;

(262) 292-9519

Why are you running for office?

I am running for village president to keep the security, comforts and prosperity we have attained over Thiensville's lifetime. I'm here for the community as a whole. My special interest is the community's health and well-being. Once we give something up, we may never be able to get it back.

Given the need to rehabilitate all or portions of Main Street, how would you address the issue of water mains for the area?

Thiensville downtown has a water system in place: wells. The wells belong to the property owners. The property owners believe that it is good enough for now and would find it difficult to absorb any (and all) of the costs to "rehabilitate" the village's water system. Will Thiensville eventually go to city/village water? Sure. Does it have to happen today? No. Business can't survive and thrive if the government puts undue burdens upon them.

How should the village encourage development/redevelopment in its business district?

We are losing our commerce through attrition, some of which stems from code asphyxiation. We need to enlist the business owners into dialogue on the future of our downtown. Businesses survive by being innovative and forward thinking. Government, on the other hand, spends money - other people's money. Thiensville has been fiscally responsible; penny wise… . It appears the government has lost touch with business. Loss of business is our problem.

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