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2022 Thomson Township Supervisor Seat B candidate: Ruth Janke

"The future of Thomson Township is important to me. The town continues to grow and it’s important to improve facilities and policies to keep up with its growth," Janke writes.

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Ruth Janke
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Age: 71

Family: I’m a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother.

Occupation: Retired.

Previous experience in elected office: I’m currently serving as Town Board chairperson, I have also held the vice chair position. I am vice chair on the WLSSD board and I’ve held both secretary and cair posts for this board. On the Carlton County EDA I’ve been chair and vice chair.

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Why are you running for office?

The future of Thomson Township is important to me. The town continues to grow and it’s important to improve facilities and policies to keep up with its growth. The comprehensive plan is finished, it is time to update the ordinances. I feel that my years on the board and my experiences help me make decisions to benefit the community.

What are the big challenges you see facing the community?

The aging infrastructure is a concern — the sewer lines that need to be repaired and replaced, the town garage, municipal water, improvement to North Ridge Park, ALS ambulance service, repair or replace equipment. These are just some of the challenges. To make improvements with being fiscally responsible to our residents is a challenge.

If elected how would you work to address these issues?

Work with the department heads and the engineer to set priorities. Continue to seek out grants to help with costs where possible.

What successes do you hope to build on if elected?

To improve our tax base, by finding potential businesses for the Industrial Park.

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There has been communication between the school board and town board. I would like to encourage our residents to learn more about township government.

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