Meet Manitowoc County Board Candidates Norb Vogt and Scott Schiesl
Incumbent Norb Vogt and challenger Scott Schiesl are vying for the District 7 seat on the Manitowoc County Board of Supervisors.
These candidates completed a candidate survey provided by the Herald Times Reporter to give our readers a taste of who they are and what they stand for.
District 7 is on the south side of the town of Manitowoc, roughly between South 14th and South 23rd streets. Visit manitowoccountywi.gov for a complete map of county supervisory districts.
The spring election will take place on April 5. Voters must be registered and provide photo identification, such as a driver’s license or Wisconsin Department of Transportation ID card, when voting. To register, people can visit the city clerk’s office or go online to myvote.wi.gov and provide proof of residency.
Meet the candidates
Profession and highest level of education: Limestone Mining/Heavy Equipment Operator; graduated from a local high school/a few years from a local college
Relevant experience: I like to think that my lack of political experience could benefit everyone I represent. In my more than 50 years of professional experience, it has become clear to me that “business as usual” or “this is how we have always done it” can put us in a rut, which generally does not serve the best interests of the whole.
Norbert Vogt (holder)
Profession and highest level of education: Retirement; graduate of UW-Oshkosh
Relevant experience: I have had many satisfying accomplishments and experiences on the county council. I think the biggest one was when I was involved as chairman of the staff committee and we put into effect the current salary plan for all county employees and elected officials due to Bill 10.
Why are you running for election?
Schiel: I am running for public office to help keep the area I grew up in healthy and nurturing for all residents, especially the young people who will be our future leaders, while maintaining tax stability and continuing to provide quality services to our population.
Vogt: I am running for office because I really like the work of the county council and the functioning of the many councils and commissions. It’s a way to keep up to date with what’s going on in the county, as I’m a permanent resident of the county and want to see us progress.
What makes you the best candidate in this race?
Schiel: My open-mindedness and willingness to discuss any issue and situation with anyone at any time without resorting to name-calling or slander best qualifies me for the seat of the Seventh District over any other candidate.
Vogt: I think I am an excellent candidate for the position of county council supervisor due to my years and experience on the council. I can relate to the workings of the county council and various committees, and I know and am aware of the concerns of my constituents.
What do residents think are their most important issues and how would you address them?
Schiel: Three issues come up repeatedly in my conversations with people: the Manitowoc public school district, infrastructure (especially railroad crossings), and lack of transparency with some local officials. I would seek to keep the people of the Seventh District informed, whatever the issue, so that much-needed public input can be used to resolve any issue.
Vogt: The most important topics I hear from residents are county roads and taxes. As members of the Roads Committee, we review all roads and those that need to be improved. Bridges also fall in this area and are replaced as needed. With taxes, it’s much the same with keeping taxes as low as possible while covering all the expenses necessary to run the county.
What would be your top two priorities as a board member?
Schiel: My top priority as a council member would be to maintain my full accessibility to all neighborhood residents. Second, I would need to learn the ins and outs of how the board works and then get to work on the issues at hand.
Vogt: My top two priorities would be highways and bridges, and making sure we have sufficient funds without hurting citizens with unnecessary spending, while continuing to push our highway programs forward. The other priority would be taxes. We can make good budgets to meet our expenses without raising taxes. We also need great people and we need to make sure we hire the best people possible for the jobs.
What is your vision for the department?
Schiel: My vision for the county would be for it to continue to be a great place to live, work and play, and to be a safe and healthy environment in which to raise and raise children. It would also be to our benefit if those who visit here enjoy their stay and tell others about it.
Vogt: My vision is to have a well-run government and a place where people will want to come to work and enjoy life. Manitowoc County has a lot to offer when it comes to jobs, recreation and entertainment.
What do you think of the department’s current budget?
Schiel: After reading a summary of the budget, Manitowoc County continues to be financially strong. In my opinion, this is due to the combined efforts of our departmental executive (which proposes the budget), the committees and the supervisory board which approve it, unanimously in this case.
Vogt: Our current and past budgets have been such that we have no increase and yet we are able to cover all expenses. We are fortunate to have a good county executive who is able to work with the county council to ensure that we have sufficient funds to run the county and at the same time move the county forward. Hopefully we will continue the same trend that our future budgets can continue to meet our expenses and that our taxes will remain low.
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