County Board Supervisor, District 33

Term ends April 21, 2020

Vote for one

Candidates:
Ann DeGarmo
Marc A. Jones


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Ann DeGarmo

Fitchburg, WI 53711
ann@anndegarmo.com
Facebook: Ann DeGarmo for Dane County Board

1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I have been fortunate to travel around Wisconsin and learn from local elected officials about the issues they are facing in their communities, and the solutions they have come up with to address them. Often, at the state level, Dane County gets pitted against other communities - but the reality is that we are facing a lot of the same problems - mental health access, increasing incarcerated populations, and problems related to climate change. I think my unique perspective and work outside of Dane County qualifies me to bring fresh ideas and new opportunities to innovate to the board.

2. Are there additional steps Dane County should take to ensure that disadvantaged people have access to adequate mental health services? Absolutely. Taking care of your mental and emotional well being is just as important as taking care of your body. The county mental health study should be done in late summer and I’m eager to learn and act on the findings. Generally, we should emphasize culturally competent providers and make a concerted effort to hire providers of color. In addition, Wisconsin has seen record numbers of deaths by suicide in our farmers. Dane County should take steps to insure that our rural populations can access these services too.

3. Should Dane County take any actions to facilitate countywide public transit? Please explain. Yes. Residents of Dane County want to be connected to the amazing opportunities that exist in communities outside their own. Expanding transportation options opens the door to housing, employment, shopping, and entertainment that many people may not be able to easily access. We cannot deny the role that transportation plays in perpetuating the racial disparities that are so stark in our county. Dane County is growing - bursting at the seams with job opportunities, but many have no way to access them. We should do everything in our power to determine different countywide transit options and make them a reality.

4. Should the County Board take steps to increase public engagement in board and committee deliberations? If so, what would you recommend? If not, why not? Yes. I believe that when diverse voices are heard we end up with better policies from start.That is why it is important to actively seek out communities who have historically been excluded from the process. The efforts of the Engage Dane initiative has started reporting findings and actionable items. I look forward to learning from it and continuing to improve on its suggestions. Community engagement in policy discussions is an ongoing process. We should never stop trying to reach new and more people. If I am granted the privilege of service, engagement would be a priority for me.


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Marc A. Jones

Fitchburg 53711
mjosyene@gmail.com

1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I am a Farmer, I own a small construction business, I have served on the Fitchburg Township Board, Fitchburg City Council, I serve on the Fitchburg Ag & Rural committee, I serve as a Director for Heartland Credit Union for the last 18 years, Heartland is a 300 million dollar credit union serving southern WI. I feel with my background I can bring leadership to our district for the County Board.

2. Are there additional steps Dane County should take to ensure that disadvantaged people have access to adequate mental health services? Yes, we have to look at all options to help disadvantaged people be suscessful in our community. My wife is a nurse and has been a nursing instructor specializing in mental health nursing for 31 years. I have learned a lot from her and we need to work together with all agencies to provide the best outcomes for our county residents.

3. Should Dane County take any actions to facilitate countywide public transit? Please explain. Yes that should be our goal, we need to look at all options, and all ways of providing services, but we must stay within our budget.

4. Should the County Board take steps to increase public engagement in board and committee deliberations? If so, what would you recommend? If not, why not? That is always a hard thing to get people to engage, especially with everyones busy schedules. I plan to publish a monthly report in the Fitchburg Star, which is delivered to every Fitchburg Resident monthly. Using that I feel is one way to get information out each month, about what is comming up, what has happened, and how people can get involved. This can be used at a reasonable cost and it will reach all homes in the Fitchburg District.