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District 8 sees 2018 rematch for county board seat

By Press Times Staff 

BROWN COUNTY – The race for District 8 on the Brown County Board of Supervisors features a rematch from 2018.

Incumbent Megan Borchardt will face longtime local politician Guy Zima.

Zima, who held the seat for 42 years, lost to Borchardt in 2018 by 77 votes, 732 to 655.

District 8 is made up of the Broadway District area on the west side of the Fox River in Green Bay.

The Press Times emailed each candidate the same questions and gave them 100 words to respond to each.

Megan Borchardt

Why should people vote for you?

It’s been a privilege to serve District 8 these last two years.

I have and will continue to advocate for the elderly, disabled and those with mental health issues.

I’ve worked for transparency and encouraged public participation so people are informed.

I’ve worked with our county executive to pass a fair-and-balanced budget, which reduced the property tax rate to the lowest it’s been in more than 30 years and slashed debt by an unprecedented $11.9 million, while increasing services.

I’ll continue to work with local leaders to make sure we’re doing our best for District 8 and Brown County.

Megan Borchardt

What’s the biggest issue in District 8?

Public safety is the biggest issue right now.

We have individuals who should not be living in our community through court order.

I intend to work with state leaders to minimize the risk of individuals who are coming back into our community.

There needs to be a better way of reducing risk to families in our community when we have violent offenders moving in next door.

What is the county’s role to encourage growth on Broadway?

It’s in the best interest of the county to work with city and state leaders to find ways to develop growth on Broadway.

This year the county added an economic development position, which will work collaboratively with leaders in the area.

When we have growth in one part of the county, it sparks ideas for growth in others.

There is a lot of potential for growth in the Broadway District, and I am excited to see what is yet to come.

Guy Zima

Why should people vote for you?

I think people should vote for me because I’m always willing to help people who need help.

Whether it’s an individual problem or a community problem, I always put my best foot forward.

As a lifelong resident and 42-year veteran of the county board, I have the knowledge, the experience and the ability to get things done.

I believe in people and simply ask people to believe in me.

Guy Zima

What’s the biggest issue in District 8?

Presently, the biggest issue in District 8 is getting some action from the state to stop placing violent sex offenders in our residential districts.

It seems to me the state needs to understand there has to be a better way to house former violent sex offenders without placing them in our neighborhoods.

For example, with the huge amounts of tax dollars currently being spent to house and maintain former prisoners, why couldn’t the state remodel former prisons, or build simple and economical gated housing to provide the limited freedom the law demands for these individuals, away from our family-orientated neighborhoods?

What is the county’s role to encourage growth on Broadway?

As an alderman, more than 20 years ago, I initiated the revival of Broadway by requesting and winning $4.75 million to beautify and create new business.

That said, while the growth and development of Broadway is largely a city issue and responsibility, the county could help write coastal management grants to help with planning and cleanup of the riverfront.

Also, the county, through the Harbor Commission, could help in the development of an alternative site to move the coal piles, freeing up more land for future riverfront development.

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