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Republicans offer ‘common sense’ platform in upcoming Fenner town election

The Fenner Republican Party candidates for the November town elections are, from left, Bill Cody and Hannah Strack for town board and David Jones for town supervisor. Jones and Strack have been on the board for 16 and 25 years, respectively, while Cody is a political newcomer.

The Fenner Republican Party candidates for the November town elections are, from left, Bill Cody and Hannah Strack for town board and David Jones for town supervisor. Jones and Strack have been on the board for 16 and 25 years, respectively, while Cody is a political newcomer. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Fenner is not a one-issue town, and the upcoming town elections should be less about hydrofracking and more about sensible, accountable government that continues to improve town services, keeps taxes low, remembers the town’s agricultural base and welcomes new businesses.

This is the platform of the Republican candidates for Fenner supervisor and town board — two longtime public servants and one political newcomer who believe their business and political experiences, along with a common sense approach to governing, will best represent the town they love.

“There are so many things in this town to do,” said Town Councilor David Jones, who is running for town supervisor. “We want to keep improving our services, and one of the most important jobs of the town board is the appointment of people to the other municipal boards [in the town].”

“I don’t think we need more government and more laws, that’s one reason why I live here,” said Town Councilor Hannah Strack, who is seeking reelection to a fifth term on the town board.

“The main thing is to use common sense and think things through,” said Bill Cody, a local dairy farmer who is running for town councilor. “Fenner is still predominantly an agricultural community, and I think it’s important to have board members who are in touch with that.”

The Republican candidates have 41 years of town political experience among them, and all three have owned or run a business. Along with all this experience, they say, they also have the fresh blood of a 30-year-old resident who is eager to get involved and bring a different point of view to the board.

Jones is a retired dairy farmer who has lived in Fenner for his entire life of nearly 64 years. He has been on the town board for 25 years, since he was appointed to fill an unexpired board seat in 1988, and has been reelected six times. Prior to that, he served eight years on the Madison County Farm Bureau board of directors.

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