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Appleby, Kurtz Upset Belden, Dembowski in Primary Bid for BOF

Primary challengers defeat caucus nominees for GOP nomination to Board of Finance.

Brookfield Republican voters chose Dr. Robin Appleby and Phil Kurtz to represent them on the November ballot as candidates for the Board of Finance (BOF), beating caucus nominees Greg Dembowski and incumbent BOF Chairman Bob Belden by a considerable margin when all the votes were tallied Tuesday night.

The final count came in at 354 votes for Appleby and 327 for Kurtz, putting them an average of 100 votes ahead of Dembowski (234) and Belden (233), with the two highest vote getters winning their way onto the ballot.

“It’s very humbling,” Kurtz said after the returns came in. “It was the will of the people, they’re just tired of it — the culture of spending.”

“I’m pretty surprised,” Appleby said, not expecting there to be such a wide margin. “I love Bob and Greg so much, I just hope they stay with us and hold our hands through the transition.”

“We’re a united party,” Republican Town Committee (RTC) Chairman Marty Flynn said, lauding the process that got them to the two official candidates. “We moved from smaller groups to larger groups — from the town committee of 25, to a caucus of over 100, to now where we’re asking all the Republicans in town who they want it to be. We have our candidates, now we’re going to build on the momentum and capture all these seats in November with a united party.”

Appleby and Kurtz will face and challenger Robert Iacobello.

The primary process was “very amenable,” according to Flynn.

“I sat down with the four candidates early on and we all agreed we were going to keep this civil and keep it and I think we’ve been able to do that,” he said. “We all agreed to get behind the winners.

“I congratulate the other two guys,” Belden said after hearing the results, adding that he “will stay involved in Brookfield, there’s no doubt.”

“It’s been a good run, I’ve enjoyed serving the town on the Board of Finance,” he said.

“The process works,” Dembowski agreed. “I would have loved to see a larger turnout — there might have been a different result — but the people who came out and voted had their voices heard.”

Turnout , with voting picking up after 4 p.m. and 578 voters eventually casting ballots, representing 16 percent of registered Republicans (3,577).

The final turnout numbers most closely mirror the 2002 primary for Judge of Probate, which saw 609 local Republicans casting their ballots, 16 percent of registered voters at the time (3,796).

Other years, where other positions were also left up to the voters, turnout was higher, with between 1,100 and 1,500 ballots cast depending on the year.

Dr. Robin Appleby September 15, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Andrew, I read your article, it dealt with America. I wil lask again for 5-6 specific examples, countries, states, regions, towns, etc., where either high taxes "caused" prosperity. or to buttress your belief that it is a "misguided belief that low taxes result in increased prosperity". Please share with us specific examples from your knowledge of "history and facts". For example, you could use Hong Kong after WW2 and show us how low taxes prevented an area with no natural resources from becoming prosperous. Thankyou
Andrew Turkenkopf September 15, 2011 at 06:22 PM
We are arguing different points. You are arguing for the prosperity of the few at the expense of the many. I am arguing for shared prosperity by everyone. But once again, since you hide behind a pseudonym, I have no interest in explaining to you that recent history is still history.
Andrew Turkenkopf September 16, 2011 at 03:40 AM
yeah i feel like I should actually read Candide :)
Dr. Robin Appleby September 16, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Hello Andrew, because I knew you when you were in BHS and I know youare a good person, I just wanted to share a few final thoughts with you. When you make comments like " the downward spiral continues", you are demeaning those you are making personal attacks on, you are not helping civil discourse,but you are also demeaning yourself. Same when you disparage the"personal judgementof the parties involved". Those men you attack have done great good inthe community, helping many struggling people and saving hundreds of lives. I really dont think you know them well enough to disparage their "purported policies"..but assuming you do, please tell us SPECIFICALLY which policies you dont agree with and what you would do differently. It is easy tosit back and take potshots or driveby and throw cow poo from your window and drive off. When ever youare asked specificly toback up your assertions, you give some irrelevant article or say you suddenly dont respond to pseudonyms. I believe that you are very intelligent and could add a lot of substance to the cinversation. I am open to new ideas. If you have strong convictions, make your case to persuade folks, not just ridicle and denigrate. You are too good a person for that. Anyway, wishing yiou well, good luck, Rob
Andrew Turkenkopf September 17, 2011 at 07:57 AM
I think you misunderstand. " I'm just making a reasonable assessment based on purported policies, fiscal realities and personal judgement of parties involved. " It is my judgement of the parties involved, or so to say extrapolations from my own experiences, not the judgement abilities of the parties involved. I cannot have knowledge of other people's personal judgement, as by definition of the word personal. And I have not made any personal attacks. I made a simple statement "and the downward trend continues . . ." Pithy? Yes, i admit that. But you read into it as a "personal attack." It was a comment on the results of a political primary, and merely dealt with the political ramifications of such. My opinion on a person's political ideology is separate from my opinion on their great deeds and actions.

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