Elm Grove residents will chose among incumbents Andrew Azpell, Jack Nelson and Christine Torkelson and challengers Charles Wickens and David Cook as they cast votes Tuesday, April 7, to fill three Village Board seats.
The three candidates receiving the most votes will begin two-year terms as trustees Tuesday, April 21. Trustees are not paid.
Of the challengers, one is a familiar name. Cook, 40, ran for trustee last year.
“I just feel that I should be an active person in the community,” he said, adding that he wants Elm Grove residents to have a choice in their local government.
He is self-employed in the real estate industry.
Wickens, 48, said he, too, is inspired by a sense of civic duty. He is running for both Elm Grove Village Board and Elmbrook School Board.
“I share the community spirit that makes our village and district an outstanding place to live and work,” he said.
Distributing his time between the two panels, he said, is a matter of sound time management.
“The key is setting priorities so that goals are achieved, and not letting internal barriers get in the way,” he said. “I strive to foster smarter decisions by creating a learning environment in our teams.”
Wickens is an executive business consultant, teaches advanced economics and finance at the University of Phoenix and serves as the president of the board of directors for the American Liver Foundation and Adonai Employment.
The three incumbents said they all wish to see village projects through to completion — in particular, the possibility of bringing municipal water to residents.
“To see something like this is a new and interesting possibility,” said Torkelson, 56. “I think that’s what is luring me to stay on the board — to see this through.”
She is in her second term.
Torkelson is a registered nurse who teaches first aid for National Ski Patrol.
Azpell, 66, who is in his seventh term, sits on the Water Committee.
“Basically, I would like to continue some of the programs that have been started,” he said.
He is the senior project buyer for American Transmission Co.
Nelson, 58, is a financial planner by trade, and said that experience will help village officials through issues with municipal water and with next year’s budget.
“It’s going to be a huge challenge to be fiscally prudent,” he said. “We have a lot of challenges coming up.”
Nelson is running for his second term on the board.
Lori Weiss can be reached at (262) 446-6645.
Contact the candidates
DAVID COOK: (262) 786-8275
CHARLES WICKENS: (262) 439-9034
CHRISTINE TORKELSON: (262) 789-1631
ANDREW AZPELL: (262) 786-2037
JACK NELSON: (262) 784-6885
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Girl Scouts practice teamwork for robotics competition
- Ask NOW: What is required of school buses crossing tracks?
- Wisconsin Hills students build teamwork in retreat
- Receive Brookfield, Elm Grove news on Facebook
- Woman to serve 2 years for stealing $225K from Brookfield company
- Juneau pathway being put to bid, again
- In Our Schools
- Drove over your cell phone? CPR may help
- News & Notes: Dec. 19
- Brookfield to generate electricity from sewage