Three candidates will be on the April 1 election to fill two expiring supervisory positions on the Medina Town Board.
The two current supervisors and one town resident shared their intent to run for the positions at a caucus held Jan. 8.
Two supervisory positions, currently held by Lonnie Benesch and Sue Zingshiem, are expiring next month. Each position is for a two-year term.
Both Bensch and Zingshiem were nominated for the positions as was Medina resident Mke Schlimgen. All three residents accepted their nominations.
The three candidates were asked to share information with The Courier for the upcoming election.
Bensch of Clarkson Road, Waterloo, is a graduate of Waterloo High School. He is a lifelong resident of the Town of Medina and has farmed his whole life in the Town of Medina.
Schlimgen of Schlimgen Drive, Marshall, is a Marshall High School graduate. He is the water and sewer operator for the village of Marshall.
Zingshiem, of Box Elder Road, Marshall, was first elected to the board in 2002. She is also a member of the Medina Planning Committee, a position she has held since 1999 and currently serves as secretary. She is also secretary of the Marshall/Medina Extra-Territorial Joint Board and involved with past Marshall/Medina extra-territorial zoning. She has been the recycle/dump attendant for the town of Medina since 2003.
Zingshiem is a Waterloo High School graduate and has taken various Madison Area Technical College classes.
She has been a supportive home care aid for the elderly at the Sun Prairie Colonial Club since 2008.
She is also a member of the Marshall Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Marshall American Legion 279 Auxiliary holding positions of secretary, historian, sunshine and past presidents; life member of the Marshall Historical Society; Life Changing Nutrition and Friendly Visitor for Elderly in the Marshall area for the Sun Prairie Colonial Club. She is a past member and secretary of the Marshal Area Business Association (MABA).
Zingshiem has lived in the town of Medina for the past 36 years. She and her husband of 40 years, Michael, have two grown children, five grand children and one great-grandchild.
Following are responses to questions asked by The Courier.
Why are you seeking the town board position?
Bensesch: I was appointed to fill a vacant supervisor’s seat last year and I was nominated this year to run for the open supervisor’s seat. Having served on the town board since last year, I have learned a lot about zoning laws, town ordinances and setting up the town budget.
Schlimgen: In my current occupation, I see the direct effects of the decisions made by the local governments and would like to become more involved. I’ve lived in Marshall my entire life; I’ve seen it grow and change. I’d like to preserve the positive things this town and community have to offer for current and future residents.
Zingshiem: From1988-1994 I was employed by the township as an assistant patrolman, having to step down after surgery. I wanted to still be involved, therefore I ran for supervisor on the town board to continue my involvement. I would like the privilege to continue to work with residents as a supervisor on the Medina Town Board.
What are the issues in the town of Medina and how do you plan to address them?
Benesch: No response
Schlimgen: We need to make decisions that are in the best interest of the town residents. I currently don’t have any set agenda. I don’t think we have any large issues. We need to continue to preserve our roads. We need to work within the budget we have and look at what we need to have versus what we would like to have.
Zingshiem: Currently, I am an in and out communicator for Medina Town Board. I would like to preserve Medina land use plan by following guidelines set up in the plan, along with revising and updating current ordinances (process in motion). With roadwork, there needs to be up keep on roads and road inspection reports presented to board at time of roadwork bids. Keep equipment up to date and safe. For Medina-EMS-fire department, keep replacement schedule in place.
What do you plan to do to make the Town of Medina a better place to live?
Benesch: The Town of Medina is a good township to live in and to farm in.
Schlimgen: Try to spend township money as wisely as possible.
Zingshiem: Keeping it affordable and a safe place to live, an open line of communication between board and residents.
The Medina Town Hall will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 1.
The Town of Medina ballot will also include school board candidates from the Marshall School District and two referendum questions from Dane County.