Richard Schuh seeking District 15 board post|
|The race for District 15 on the Langlade County Board has turned into a bit of a non-event.|
In January, it appeared as though incumbent supervisor Gary Johnson and former board member Richard Schuh would face off for the seat, and both men returned their nomination papers.
But since that time Johnson, who is also Elcho town chairman, has determined that his employment will make it difficult, if not impossible, to continue his County Board duties under the current morning meeting schedule. He had been named to the post late last year when board veteran Richard Olsen moved his residence to Arizona, surrendering the position.
“Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time to do the job,” Johnson said.
That effectively hands the seat to Schuh.
District 15 includes the town of Elcho, Ward 1.
Richard Schuh, W10845 Enterprise Lake Rd., is retired after decades as an over-the-road trucker, school bus and motor coach driver, but he hasn’t slowed down.
“I want to keep busy,” he said. “I want to stay active.”
The longtime Elcho resident continues to work as an emergency medical technician for the town’s ambulance service, although he gave up fire department duties after half-a-century and volunteer work with the Medic 12 ambulance in Pelican Lake.
He remains active in veterans affairs as past commander and officer for Noetzelman-Boodry American Legion Post 370 of Elcho as well as the Antigo veterans of Foreign Wars, and completed a term as state commander for the 40 et 8 veterans organization.
Schuh served on the board from 1994 until 1998.
“I enjoyed every minute of it,” he said.
He plans to seek positions on the committees overseeing aging issues, forestry, veterans affairs and zoning.
“The first time I was elected, it took me a few months to know what was going on,” he said. “Now, I know what to expect when I go in.”
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