From: Paul A. Jereczek
The District Five election for the representative to the Trempealeau County Board will hold a primary on February 18 as incumbent Tom Bice has two challengers: Daryl Kramer and Jon Schultz.
There is no doubt frac sand mining is the front and center issue affecting this election outcome. Though mining is nothing new for Wisconsin, the past decade has seen frac sand mining and processing operations exponentially increase. I believe land owners have a right to do what they feel is responsible and legal with their land. Personally, I’d rather see a sand mine carve up a hillside than a subdivision. However, I also believe our local elected officials need to listen to their constituents.
This past December, Tom Bice was voted down as chair of Trempealeau County’s Environmental & Land Use Committee. Largely due to his poor reputation in dealing with conflicting views and his letter of support this past October for Bill 349 which threatens local government’s authority on placing limitations on non-metallic mining. The passage of this bill would strip the rights of local elected governments and empower the state and the sand mining companies to do as they please. Bill 349 would set a disastrous precedent. Why even have a County Level Government if they have no power...or the power they do have can be wiped out by well funded lobby and special interest groups that have no ties to the land or people they mean to disrupt?
This is an important election that is much more than just having the three candidates draw straws for a winner. The primary date of Tuesday, February 18, is not a common date for voting. But I strongly urge the citizens of District Five (Town of Dodge, Ward Two town of Arcadia, and Ward One of the city of Arcadia) to take the time to participate.