Challenges mount for Beloit Town Board races
TOWN OF BELOIT—Steven Heumiller and Phil Taber won the primary election over incumbent David Russell to advance to Tuesday's election for Town of Beloit Supervisor No. 2.
Meanwhile, George “Skip” Rath is challenging incumbent David Townsend for the Supervisor No. 1 seat. Townsend did not respond to a Gazette request for information.
The winners will join the five-member town board, which has been wrestling with the possibility of incorporating as a village.
Address: 2828 Riverside Drive, Beloit.
Job: Retired 29 years from U.S. Postal Service
Education: Beloit Memorial High School graduate
Community service: Former member of town parks committee
Elected posts: Served about 12 years on the Beloit Town Board, ending in 2012.
Major campaign issues: The current board has not moved fast enough on some issues, including that of a proposed sewerage district along Afton Road north of the city of Beloit. Favors incorporation as long as it doesn't hurt too many people, or a border agreement is needed so more land is not lost to the city. Something must be arranged for those not included in the new municipality. Wants to work to get the Alliant Energy plant expansion completed smoothly.
Heumiller, 327 E. Centre St., did not respond to a Gazette request for information, but he said before the primary that he is a retired high school graduate who has served on the town plan commission for three years, is a 40-year member and 15-year trustee of Riverside Community Club and a volunteer for Festival on the Rock.
Heumiller said in February that new blood is needed on the board and that changes—he would not specifiy what kind—are needed.
GEORGE “SKIP” RATH
Address: 3167 S. Marigold Road, Beloit.
Job: Real estate asset manager for ABC Supply, Beloit.
Education: 1971 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School; UW-Whitewater, 1975.
Community service: Meals on Wheels, ALS Banding Together, Festival on the Rock, Hailey Rath Memorial.
Elected posts: None
Major campaign issues: “Incorporation: All pros/cons need to be fully investigated and the results formally reported to the town residents by the town administrator and board.
“Safe sidewalks: With the extension of Inman Parkway to Shopiere Road and the anticipated increase in traffic, we need to provide safe walkways/bike paths along Inman Parkway and from Inman South along Park Avenue.”
This story was revised April 1, 2015, to reflect the following correction:
CANDIDATE HAS NO DRUNKEN DRIVING CONVICTION
An earlier version of this article gave incorrect information about a candidate for Beloit Town Board.
Steven Heumiller was not convicted of intoxicated driving, as stated in the article. Heumiller said it was his son, who has the same name, who has the conviction.
Online court records show Steven J. Heumiller Jr., 38, with the same address as his father, as being convicted of fourth-offense driving while intoxicated in 2012.