Four seek three open spots on Grantsburg Village Board
GRANTSBURG — The village trustees will see at least one new face sitting at the boardroom table in April since incumbent Julie Roberts has chosen to not seek re-election. Joining the remaining two incumbents, Caylin Muehlberg and Greg Peer, on the ballot will be Leo Janke. Kayla Woody has filed as a registered write-in with the village clerk.
Each candidate was asked to answer the following: How are you connected to the location you are seeking to represent? Why are you running for office? What is the most important issue facing the county board and how would you approach it? And why should people vote for you?
Janke is married to Judy and they have three adult children, Michael, Cari and Charles. He graduated from Grantsburg High School and was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as an electrician for over 50 years. Janke is a past commander of the Brask, Fossum, Janke American Legion Post 185.
“I have lived in Grantsburg my entire life.
“I am running for office because I see some changes that need to be done. We need to spread the village work around the village instead of seeing it done in concentrated areas.
“An important issue facing the village is its spending and budget. It is something that needs to be looked at instead of raising property taxes to buy things the village doesn’t need.
“I have been a resident that has lived and worked here all my life. I feel that I would be an asset to the board to get stuff done that residents want to see happen.”
The daughter of Craig and Cindy Bowman, Muehlberg has lived in Grantsburg nearly her entire life. She has three children, Jameson, Calisyn and Emersyn. She attended Crex Academy before graduating from Augsburg College with a chemistry degree. Muehlberg has been a village trustee for 1.5 terms and chairs the airport and recreation committees. She is the village board representative on the Grantsburg Library Board and is the fair liaison. She has worked as an EMT for North Ambulance for 10 years.
“I’ve lived in Grantsburg almost my entire life and I specifically chose to move back here to raise my family because I love this community and all it has to offer.
“I’ve been a village board member for over three years now and I truly believe it’s one large way I can positively impact my community and make a better future for my children and all the other people who live in this area.
“A huge issue for our village is finding the right balance between growth/change and fiscal responsibility. Both are very important. I love getting together at meetings and finding ways to balance these two issues to make a better village for our community’s future.
“I have a few years on the board under my belt, finally, and I’m understanding more and more each year. I don’t work with a fear-based mentality, but with a we-can-figure-this-out mindset. I truly want to hear the public’s opinions and ideas and try to apply/discuss them the best I can. My age and stage in life give me a different perspective than other board members and I think variety is very important. On a board, things don’t happen overnight, so it takes being committed to the long haul to gets things done.”
Peer is seeking his fifth term as a village trustee. He currently serves as the chair of the village’s public safety and infrastructure committees. He is also the nonvoting chair on the zoning board of appeals and is on the administration committee. Peer is the IDC liaison.
Peer chose not to submit a candidate profile.
Woody’s husband is Jared and she has two children, Kenzie and Bryson. She graduated from Unity High School and furthered her education at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology/sociology. Woody also attended CVTC’s Law Enforcement Basic Academy and WITC for EMT basic certification.
Since 2007, she has been employed as a law enforcement ranger, a deputy sheriff and a probation/parole agent. Woody currently works for Indianhead Community Action Agency as a victims advocate and as a patrol deputy during special events for the Grantsburg and Balsam Lake police departments. She is currently a board member of Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin, Burnett County Family Resource Center and Burnett County Law Enforcement Auxiliary.
“My family and I moved to Grantsburg in 2015 when my husband was hired as a deputy sheriff and needed to live within Burnett County. We chose Grantsburg as our hometown due to the great school district, accessibility to resources and the comfortable and welcoming environment the village offers.
“I have always had a passion to give back to my community. I believe I have a unique perspective based on my background that would be a great asset to the board. Being a trustee would provide me opportunities to share ideas and work toward growing and sustaining the community for the future. Grantsburg is where my children live and learn. It is very important to me that I can help create and maintain Grantsburg as a safe and stable environment for current and future generations.
“Many things are important; however, my focus areas are public safety and village growth. My experience with public safety as a law enforcement officer and probation agent will help streamline efficiency. My experience offers a unique professional perspective on public safety issues. I have a forward-thinking mindset that would benefit the community regarding growth in the future. Continuing to make Grantsburg a place that attracts new businesses and families is necessary to keep Grantsburg alive. All of this can be accomplished while maintaining low taxes for our residents through the efficient use of our current resources and targeted applications of grants.
“My family has established Grantsburg as our hometown. Though we have only been here for approximately five years, we are committed to continuing to make Grantsburg our and our children’s home. With that commitment, I bring to voters someone who is passionate about seeing Grantsburg maintain proper public safety and grow to benefit current and future residents of the Grantsburg community.”
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