Patrick Miles does his homework and thinks independently on the Dane County Board.

His measured approach and strong desire to protect our lakes make him the best choice for District 34 voters in the April 1 election.

Miles, 41, a self-employed computer consultant, has represented McFarland and the town of Dunn on the County Board for two years. During that short time, Miles has distinguished himself as a key negotiator in the complex and controversial effort to fix and clarify shoreland zoning rules.

Miles has tried to broker a fair compromise. His keen interest in water resources is a good match for his district, which includes lakes Waubesa and Kegonsa.

Miles showed he's careful with money by voting against a 17 percent raise for himself and other supervisors.

Miles also has a calm and transparent demeanor that makes it easy for colleagues and constituents to be heard and work with him.

In contrast, Gordon Kensgaard, who is challenging Miles, has refused to answer questions surrounding a McFarland fundraiser. Kensgaard served as a liaison to the fundraiser for the village. Organizers of the fundraiser have refused to give the village details on the group's spending.

Kensgaard also dodged a joint appearance with Miles at the Wisconsin State Journal offices.

Miles is the clear choice for District 34 voters.

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