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Buchanan supervisor No. 2 has 2 candidates on April 5 election ballot

Paul Knuppel is challenging incumbent Dennis Reinke for Supervisor No. 2 in the town of Buchanan.
 
Paul Knuppel
Occupation: Sales for J J Keller
Education: BS in Business from UW-Green Bay, Appleton Xavier High School
 
What areas do you feel the town is strong in, and which areas need improvement?
I think this town has great friendship feel to it. I moved here in 2010 and make new friends every year. I live in a great neighborhood and others echo the same sentiment. I would like to see more opportunity for public input on events. I would also like to see a more proactive approach to communication with the residents. This communication could have prevented what we are currently going through with some wanting urbanization and others opposing it.
 
Why are you interested in serving on the town board?
I’ve been interested in serving for a while since I began finding out how the town government is spending its money. There are numerous projects taking place and little outreach to the residents to garner opinion. I like keeping my neighbors up to date and asking how they feel about the town’s issues. After so many meetings I hoped for other leadership, now it’s my time to see where I can help the most. 
 
What sets you apart from your opponents?
Do you have education or experience in a field relevant to the town’s operations? What sets me apart is my understanding that the townspeople are our customers. If you don’t listen to your customers, you are bound to get things wrong. These customers are the ones footing the bills and allowing them to have a say in the town’s projects means good capital stewardship. People don’t tend to argue when they get a bill for what they want. 
 
Among the issues that the town is currently facing, which ones interest you the most and why?
It’s been a big topic over the past few years that our roads are in need of repair and replacement. Many believe that drainage needs to be improved and others would like to see parks updated. I like all of it. What’s the priority, what’s the options, and what’s the budgeting? The town doesn’t have time for 20 – 30 years to fix things. The current comprehensive plan is already causing people to move. I’d rather not see that happen to others. People I have talked to still can’t figure why the pig sanctuary is causing any harm. We don’t need to make life more difficult for our residents. Let’s get back to fix what needs fixing.
 
Dennis Reinke
Occupation: Crane operator
Education: Kimberly High School
 
What areas do you feel the town is strong in, and which areas need improvement?
Public safety is our strong suit. We have an excellent fire and rescue department with dedicated fire and EMS personnel. We have a very safe town with our contracted police presence. The town has been working very hard on communicating with the residents via newsletters, mailing for certain meetings, the town website and the town Facebook page. It is very important that that residents are informed, and our town board meetings are open to the public. An area of concern to our taxpayers are the conditions of our roads, and we need a way to improve stopping the misinformation that residents feel they can spread sitting behind their computers. These same residents won’t come to meetings to hear the truth.
 
Why are you interested in serving on the town board?
I have followed town government closely for the past 14 years. I was elected to the town board in 2014 and care deeply to see the town continue to move forward and not be eaten up by our neighboring municipalities. We need to continue with the road improvements to make Buchanan safe for the future generations. Sidewalks in selected areas will keep residents off the roads, giving families a better opportunity go get some exercise and meet other residents. As a town board supervisor I will demand that our leaders are responsible with budgets in these tough times, and ask questions the public doesn’t always have knowledge of. I truly believe that accountability is what we should expect from our officials. Please remember that I am a local residents looking out for our best interest.
 
What sets you apart from your opponents?
Do you have education or experience in a field relevant to the town’s operations? I am a lifelong resident of the town of Buchanan with a vested interest in the well-being of the town. This is my home and where I plan on staying. My entire adult life has been very focused on being a fiscally responsible, honest, hard-working individual. I am a very active of my church and community. I also serve oon the board of review, and a member on the yard waste committee, fire study, and storm water utility commission.
 
Among the issues that the town is currently facing, which ones interest you the most and why?
The most important issues this town faces are road conditions, drainage, annexation, and balancing low taxes with our increased budget needs. Over the years attending board meetings, I’ve heard these issues come up countless times and most of these problems are still plaguing us today. As your town supervisor I will continue to provide service to the taxpayers but explore ideas that will save money if not now, down the road. Specifically, road maintenance and repair. I will also continue to provide updates and information in a timely fashion to local government officials as well as keeping our tax base from being annexed by neighboring communities.