Thomas Smith and Rhonda Wilz will run against each other in the April 7 spring election for Little Wolf town treasurer.
There are no other contested races for the township, according to Town Clerk Jackie Beyer.
Also, Beyer reported that the town board recently agreed to make the town constable an appointed position instead of elected, so it will no longer appear on the ballot.
Smith brings 16 years of experience and knowledge to the position.
“I was one of the officers to get the township records on computer,” said Smith. “I remember a lot of decisions previous boards have made and why they were made, so my input can be helpful to board members.”
Smith noted that he has taken business and leadership courses through Fox Valley Technical College.
“I enjoy helping people and I enjoy working with the public,” he said. “I try to do all I can to make paying property taxes easier. If someone can’t make the collection times, I will make an appointment for them to meet with me. “
Smith owns and operates a dairy farm in the township. He has served on the Manawa Rural Fire Department since 1982 and is currently first engineer.
He was also a dairy leader for 18 years with the Wisconsin Workers 4-H Club and has served on various committees at St. Paul’s in Manawa.
Wilz would like to see some changes.
“My opponent has served numerous terms,” she said. “I feel that the time has come to make a change.”
“I would implement a more organized and detailed treasurer’s report for the board on a monthly basis,” Wilz said. “Deadlines would be met promptly and tax payments would be deposited the day after receiving them, to insure the town is collecting the most in interest that we could.”
Wilz would bring over 26 years in the banking industry to the position.
“I have a complete understanding of the financial system and how costly it is for the town not to have deposits made on a timely basis,” she said. “I am well organized and would come prepared to the monthly board meetings.”
She is currently the branch manager of Premier Community Bank and is a graduate of Little Wolf High School.
“I am a lifetime resident of Waupaca County,” she said. “I have resided in the town of Little Wolf for 22 years.”
She and her husband Derek have three children and are members of Zion Lutheran Church. Wilz is a member of the Manawa Lions Club and a past volunteer of the Junior Achievement Program, Sunday school teacher for Zion Lutheran Church and a past treasurer for the Manawa Area Chamber of Commerce.
She is a current member of the Manawa Chamber and has served on the town of Little Wolf Comprehensive Planning Committee for the past 11 years.
She encourages everyone to come out and vote.
“Change cannot happen without the people,” she said. “It’s been said many times, but every vote does matter. Make your voice heard.”