Speak softly, but carry a big stick

By Peter J. Vedro, Sauk County Board Supervisor, District 15, Baraboo

Although Theodore Roosevelt advised, “Speak softly, but carry a big stick,” the time has come to use that stick — and that stick is your vote. For too long, the Sauk County Board has been, by design, a rubber stamp to chair Marty Krueger. By filling vacancies on the board, assigning committee memberships and determining major personnel choices of senior administrators, he has been able to rule as an unquestionable county executive rather than one of 31.

In January, he along with the Executive and Legislative Committee, enabled by the co-opted interim corporation counsel, denied you your statutory right to have a Citizens Advisory Referendum placed on the April 3 ballot, seeking your voice on ending the corrupt practice of gerrymandering. And now, Krueger wishes to combine the two major committees of Finance and Personnel and have his vice-chair appointed to run it.

This must be stopped; and the only people who can do that are you — the Sauk County voters. Your individual vote is critical. If you, like many of us, are fed up with the lack of democratic process, your vote is essential to a new beginning for Sauk County governance.

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