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Somerset village voters head to the polls April 5

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Local candidates are gearing up for Tuesday's local elections. Following are the responses from the candidates seeking a Somerset Village trustee seat.

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Village of Somerset

Village trustees

Name: Robert Campbell

Office seeking: Incumbent seeking the office of village trustee for the Village of Somerset

Family: Mother, niece and her family that live in town, sister living in Stillwater, Minn. and another sister living in Tennessee with her seven children.

Occupation: taking care of mother for the past seven years

What is your public service experience? Four years of public service. Currently serving on the public works committee.

Main issues facing Somerset: Education and business growth in the community. I'd like to see more help with the youth sports programs.

Name: Bartt Palmer (unable to contact for deadline; these responses are from his last candidacy run in April 2010)

Office seeking: Incumbent seeking the office of village trustee for the Village of Somerset

Age: 49

Family: Wife - Catherine Cranston, children - Abby Cranston-Dalzell, Patrick Cranston.

What is your public service experience? Served three years as village trustee, seven years on Fire/Rescue Commission, two years on public works committee, one year on public safety committee, vice-president of the Somerset Lions Club and a volunteer for St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program.

Why are you seeking election? I have a great interest in the growth and quality of life in Somerset.

What do you think are the top three issues facing your municipality? One of the main issues facing the village board is the economic slowdown. I am fiscally conservative and it has been a challenge to maintain the quality of life for the residents of Somerset, while staying within our budget. While working on the public works, public safety and Fire/Rescue committees, we have made great strides in maintaining our budgets without increases. We were able to do this by making some cuts, yet adding necessary projects and equipment to maintain a quality standard for our community. Another issue facing our municipality is future growth. Up until 2008, Somerset was growing at a steady pace. Since 2008, growth has slowed considerably. We all know the rate of growth will pick up again, along with the economy. The village board needs to be prepared for new challenges when the growth starts once again.

Name: Greg Sayers

Office seeking: Incumbent seeking the office of village trustee for the Village of Somerset

Age: 37

Family: Wife - Jennifer, children - Jackson, 11, Dylan, 10, Gianna, 7, and Gabriel, 4. Lived in Somerset for six years.

Occupation: Specialist in Customer Service Contact center for Andersen's.

What is your public service experience? Four years of public service. Current chairman of the Village of Somerset Public Safety Committee.

Main issues facing Somerset: The economy in general and weathering the downturn. We need to attract commercial businesses to town. Growth is the second issue. When we put a 20-year plan together in 2005-06, it looked like we were booming. It will come back and we have to be prepared for when that happens.

Name: Robert Krueger

Office seeking: trustee for the Village of Somerset

Age: 55

Family: mother and father live just north of Somerset

Municipality of residence: Village of Somerset

Years living in community: since 1986

Occupation: retired from Andersen's for three years

What is your public service experience? I ran for village president about 10-12 years ago.

Main issues facing Somerset: We have a new person who took over Float-Rite concert area. He wants to expand and a lot of people have questions about it. Plus I would like the opportunity to give back to the community.

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