March 12, 2007

Two vie for Franklin Township board position

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Two people have thrown their names into the hat for the three-year supervisor position on the Franklin Township Board.

Jamie Pogue and Mike Barfknecht have both filed for the position. Incumbent Al Steinbach did not refile.

Steinbach has served on the township board for three years, and also served on a land use committee for two years prior to that.

Polls will be open Tuesday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall, which is located at 8735 Wright County Road 16 SE.

The annual township meeting will take place Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. or shortly thereafter, also at the town hall. In the event of inclement weather, the election and meeting will be postponed until Tuesday, March 20.

Mike Barfknecht

Why are you running for office?

I am running for office, because I would like to help the township with its upcoming growth.

As a respected business owner of Mikie’s Landscaping for the past 15 years, I will be able to assist the township with some of the decisions the township will be facing in the future.

Another issue is the materials used on the roads.

Why should you be elected?

I am committed to the people of Franklin Township, and I am also committed to not over-promising what I can do for you.

I have owned Mikie’s Landscaping for the past 15 years. I have lived in Franklin Township my entire life.

I graduated from Delano High School in 1989. I am a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, and am married to Rachelle. Together, we have two daughters – Meghan, 9, and Paige, 7, who attend Watertown-Mayer School.

Jamie Pogue

Why are you running for office?

I am running for township supervisor as a way to get involved in the community I grew up in.

What do you think are two major issues at this time and what do you propose to do about them?

I believe some of the most important issues facing the township now and in the future are annexation of township land into the city, working with the township residents on PUDs (planned urban developments), and continued road maintenance and improvements.

I think we have a highly efficient township board and staff and they have made some well-appointed changes to our area in the last few years. I think the township needs to attempt to work with the city to keep growth occurring at a safe, but controlled level in the years to come.

My hope for Franklin Township is to see it retain its small town atmosphere and yet prosper from the growth that is currently happening and that yet to come.

Why should you be elected?

I think I should be elected for the simple reason that I don’t have any particular agendas that I want to see happen or changed about the township. I simply want to give back to the community I grew up in.

Surrounding townships

Neighboring townships are also conducting annual meetings and supervisor elections.

Marysville Township

One position is open in Marysville, the supervisor position currently served by Dick Sawatzke.

Sawatzke refiled for his position, clerk Dorothy Rahn reported.

Rockford Township

In Rockford Township one three-year supervisor position, currently held by Larry Otto, is on the ballot.

Otto has refiled for his position, along with Joe Kjome.

Watertown Township

Two positions are up in Watertown Township, the supervisor position served by Mike Dressen, and the treasurer position served by David Heldt.

Heldt re-filed for treasurer. Scott Hoese and Neil Johnson filed for supervisor.

Woodland Township

Two positions are open in Woodland, the supervisor position currently served by Kenny Pawelk, and the treasurer position served by Gene Janikula.

Both refiled.

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