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Candidate Q&A: Mount Horeb Village Board

Candidate Q&A: Mount Horeb Village Board

From the Election 2018: Hear from the candidates on Tuesday's ballot series
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Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Mount Horeb Village Board in the April 3 election. The terms are for two years. (I) indicates incumbent.

Beth Hill

Beth Hill

Beth Hill

Age: 35

Address: 920 Vista Ridge Drive

Family: Nora (wife)

Job: IT professional services manager for CDW

Prior elected office: None

Other public service: Treasurer for Western Dane Preservation Campaign

Education: Bachelor of science, biology, UW-Platteville, 2005; associate of science, computer networking and security technologies, Herzing University, 2008.

Website or email address:,

Brenda Monroe (I)

Age: 42

Address: 104 Stonefield Circle

Family: Husband Nickalas and three children

Job: Project manager/scrum master

Prior elected office: Two terms as village trustee in Hammond, 2006-2008 and 2012; Mount Horeb trustee, 2016-current.

Other public service: Referendum committee, St. Croix Central School District, 2006.

Education: UW Platteville, business administration, WITC, computer information systems

Website or email address: None provided

Vaughn Pakkala

Vaughn Pakkala

Vaughn Pakkala (I)

Age: 70

Address: 129 Robyn Ridge

Family: Married with children, 17 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren

Job: Retired from Boeing and USMC

Prior elected office: Current Mount Horeb trustee

Other public service: President of Mount Horeb Rotary Club, chairman of parks, recreation and forestry, Mount Horeb public works

Education: Aviation electronic, airframe and power plant license. Attended University of North Carolina, studying electronics and history. Attended many schools in electrical and engineering.

Website or email address:

Cathy Scott

Cathy Scott

Cathy Scott (I)

Age: 68

Address: 302 Perimeter Road

Family: Two daughters, four grandchildren

Job: Retired; owned a third-party retirement plan administration firm

Prior elected office: Two terms Mount Horeb trustee, four-year term as trustee in Wauconda, Illinois

Other public service: Utility commission, public safety, public works, finance/personnel committees, and public safety building steering committee, volunteer at Chamber Welcome Center and the Driftless Historium

Education: Some college, chartered financial planner and chartered life underwriter designations

Website or email address:


List three of your top priorities.

Hill: The continued economic development of the North Cape Commons on the village’s East end. Sustaining Mount Horeb as one of the lowest taxed villages and cities in Dane County. Unifying the village on a vision for future economic and residential growth.

Monroe: Smart village growth, listening and responding to the community, fiscal responsibility.

Pakkala: Trust in God, wife and family, country.

Scott: Continue to fill the empty lots in North Cape Commons, known as TIF 3. Parking, parking, parking. Continue to have a handle on village finances, including revenues, expenses, and existing debt obligations since creation of downtown TIF 5.

If you could reverse one village action, what would that be?

Hill: Tax Incremental District No. 3, the East Side corridor known as North Cape Commons. This TID was created to make almost $6 million in road improvements. The development of this TID has been much slower than expected. This slow development has increased the village debt and needs to be a focus as we look to sustain Mount Horeb’s low tax rate.

Monroe: No response

Pakkala: None. All are very sound.

Scott: Included a right of first refusal in purchase offer of Norsk Golf Bowl.

How would you change the way the village handles development?

Hill: The village board must adequately weigh the risk vs. reward of new development as it pertains to our community’s size, pace and appeal. Unifying the village on a vision for future economic growth is essential to ensure Mount Horeb maintains its charm. Attracting business that will bolster tourism is critical in maintaining the village’s reputation as a tourist destination.

Monroe: I think the village does a nice job and adheres to the spirit of the comprehensive plan.

Pakkala: I think we have a good plan.

Scott: Continue efforts to streamline application process.

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