Lembcke and Lena in town chairman race
By Patricia Bogumil
Town of Dover residents will decide April 2 whether to retain a veteran Town Chairman or vote in someone new to that position.
The two candidates vying for the Dover Town Chairman position in the April 2 election are incumbent Tom Lembcke and challenger Mario Lena.
• Tom Lembcke, the incumbent, said he is running for re-election in order to continue providing prudent management of town business.
The town’s budget is the most pressing issue the board must address, Lembcke said, explaining that the State of Wisconsin has severely reduced state aids to local governments while also restricting tax levies.
Also, the Town of Dover has a heavy debt load, Lembcke said, which must be reduced to provide funds for other needs.
These loans were taken out by a past board whose members were recalled, Lembcke noted.
That recall was rooted in residents’ anger over that town board’s decision to form a town police department (now disbanded) rather than keep contracting with the county sheriff’s office for protective services.
In the 2010 recall election, Lembcke was elected Town Chairman. Since his return to the board, the town’s loans have been refinanced for a lower rate, saving the township a lot of money since 2010, Lembcke said.
“We’re trying to refinance them again,” Lembcke added, with an eye to getting rates of 2 percent or less.
“Saving money is the goal,” he said. “Let’s get the town more or less on a cash basis.”
Lembcke said that, if re-elected, he will to continue to address issues confronting the Town of Dover in a frugal and prudent manner, benefitting both the township and its taxpayers.
• Mario Lena said he hopes to be elected Town Chairman in order to protect property values and constitutional rights; serve the people of Dover, free of special interests; and ensure the transparency and accountability of local government.
Among the town’s most pressing issues, Lena names the need to ensure transparency of all contracts, and make reviews of current contracts to ensure fairness and productivity of existing contracts, such as engineering reviews, road reviews, consulting reviews.
Lena notes that he has no political ties to any party.
“I listen to the people,” he said. “I do what is right for the people. I will not permit misconduct in office by any employee.”
Lembcke and Lena have faced off before. In the 2010 election, Lena vied unsuccessfully for the Dover Town Chairman position, losing to Lembcke.