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Hopkins, Keneklis running for Brown County District 18

By Press Times Staff

BROWN COUNTY – District 18 on the Brown County Board of Supervisors will have a new representative this April.

Patrick Hopkins and Ted Keneklis are running for the seat currently held by Aaron Linssen.

District 18 is primarily made up of west De Pere with part of it in on the east side.

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

Patrick Hopkins

Patrick Hopkins

Why should people vote for you?

I understand the needs of my district personally.

I’ve lived in Brown County for 27 years and in my district for 22 years.

During that time, I’ve served as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, numerous school committees, helped lead a school referendum, and served as chair of the Main Street program, De Pere Business Association, executive committee for the Greater Green Bay Chamber and on the committee for the Brown County Strategic Plan.

I’m committed to keeping taxes low while increasing the tax base so we can enjoy a higher quality of life through additional services.

What’s the biggest issue in District 18?

Roads and taxes.

That’s of biggest initial interest to my constituents, and I’ve been an active supporter of the Southern Bridge since 1998.

But if we can make our strategic plan a reality, it will mean an increase in our manufacturing, technological and tax base, which will support additional services in the health, human services and cultural aspects of our county.

What changes should be made to the fairgrounds to encourage more use?

I’ll leave that to their board.

I obviously have some opinions and think it’s a great resource, but don’t want to insert myself into an area where others have spent much more time.

I’ll listen to the experts on that one.

Ted Keneklis

Ted Keneklis

Why should people vote for you?

I’m a semi-retired university instructor and have a doctor of science.

I’ve lived in Brown County since 1983, working for WPS at the Kewaunee nuclear plant as an educator.

I’m a board member of the Civic Symphony of Green Bay and have been president of the Northeast Wisconsin chapter of the American Society of Training and Development.

I’ve also served as treasurer for volunteer organizations and church groups.

I want to help my community.

I’ll make sure people will not be burdened with higher taxes and avoid new regulations or rules that are costly to businesses and homeowners.

What’s the biggest issue in District 18?

Residents in my district are concerned with four issues:

• The construction of the Southern Bridge just south of De Pere.

• The development of a cultural arts district in east De Pere.

• The improvement of both the east- and west-side business areas.

• A safe traffic-free area in De Pere for families to enjoy the downtowns.

What changes should be made to the fairgrounds to encourage more use?

The fairgrounds are an exciting place during the Brown County fair, however, during the rest of the year the area is closed for use.

I would work with their management to advertise more events and a better boat landing and play areas for family gatherings.

I will get the county more involved in planning and advertising the area for the community.

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