La Crosse County Board candidate stands athwart voters on key issue

La Crosse’s conservative blog Coulee Conservatives recently published this letter to the editor (in full below), which concerns a candidate for La Crosse County Board seeking to represent a district mainly consisting of the Town of Campbell.

By way of background, residents of Campbell have been in a prolonged battle with the City of La Crosse, which has been trying to annex the island township.

Such an annexation would certainly lead to a dramatic property tax increase for the town’s residents.

In the December 1, 2002 issue of the LaCrosse Tribune, Margaret Larson was cited as being part of the “Comprehensive Plan Intended to Guide the City of LaCrosse’s Policy for the Decades”.

In this article it was clear that Margaret Larson was part of this planning team that put together this exhaustive 2 ½” thick document that spelled out the vision for the future of LaCrosse that included support for annexing the Town of Campbell to the City of LaCrosse.

In the article, several references were made to the City of LaCrosse increasing its tax base to the eventual annexation of Medary, Shelby and the town of Campbell where Margaret now lives. If Ms. Larson has the intention of annexing her own town to the City of LaCrosse she should ask herself if she really represents her voters – mostly in the Town of Campbell homeowners who have not annexed to the City of LaCrosse.

In the article, she states “the City of LaCrosse is getting pressure from the outlying communities to do things that make it better for the outlying communities.” “The plan is for the people who live in LaCrosse”. Well that says it all says it all! Margaret Larson has no allegiance to the Town of Campbell.

It is clear, Ms. Larson, who has only lived in Campbell a couple years, does not represent the views of her voters on the annexation of Campbell to LaCrosse issue.

On the other hand, not only is Al Macha a more budget conscious and fiscally responsible person, but more importantly, Al has lived in the Town of Campbell for over 25 years and fully supports the Town of Campbell staying separate from the City of LaCrosse.

Correction: this story previously said the La Crosse Tribune did not publish this letter. That’s inaccurate, it just wasn’t found by searching their website. The published version can be found here.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.