A pair of duels will wrap up in the first week of April with two county board seats that represent parts of Brookfield and Elm Grove on the line.

Those seats are both seeing incumbents tasked with defending their spots on the Waukesha County Board.

In the District 8, Village of Elm Grove Trustee Thomas Michalski is taking on incumbent and Brookfield resident Eric Highum.

In District 9, incumbent Jim Heinrich will attempt to keep his seat against Brookfield resident Michael Starich.

The election includes a presidential primary in both the Republican and Democratic parties. Voters must show photo identification prior to receiving a ballot and will be allowed to vote for candidates in one party only.

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County supervisor candidates answered a series of questions.

What do you see as the primary issues facing the county presently or in the near future?

Michalski: Maintaining our very high quality of life and rural identity while managing the changes caused by growth and expansion, whether the issue at hand is the expansion of North Avenue or bringing Lake Michigan water to Waukesha or developing an underused property in the heart of Elm Grove.

Highum: Heroin epidemic. Employment opportunities through economic development. True cooperation to solve the Waukesha water problem. Keeping taxes low and quality services high.

Starich: Work force training, infrastructure upgrades, regional county government cooperation.

Heinrich: The devastating effect of heroin on the individuals, families and communities of Waukesha County. Waukesha County has, and will continue to support, efforts to prosecute the suppliers and assist in programs to help the addicted. This affects us all in a social and fiscal manner.

What would be your main goals for the next two years if elected?

Michalski: Improving our already high quality of life, maintaining our rural identity, tackling the issues before us. During my career I've developed the ability to listen and identify key points of problems, then work with diverse groups — often with competing interests — in order to develop creative and cost-effective solutions.

Highum: Keep lowering taxes through innovative means. Continue to be an elected civil servant that represents the taxpayers of Waukesha County, Brookfield and Elm Grove by not being a politician that serves two masters or their own ego. I'm the only candidate that is willing to do what YOU expect.

Starich: Promote the County Board's newly formed Business Corporation Counsel, and Regional Multi-County Government Services, to eliminate duplication of redundant services.

Heinrich: Strive to continue to assure low taxes, yet retaining the safety, amenities and quality of life expected by the residents of Waukesha County. I am a proven leader with a track record of supporting low taxes, low spending, balanced budgets and providing common sense solutions in tough fiscal times.

Name:Thomas Michalski

Age: 64

Address: 1785 Wedgewood Drive, Elm Grove

Years in Community: Elm Grove for 17 years

Occupation: Retired information technology project manager at Marquette University, current volunteer firefighter at Elm Grove Volunteer Fire Department

Education: Bachelor in Business Administration - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with majors in Finance and Information Systems

Political History: Elected three times to the office of Village Trustee in Elm Grove, currently in 5th year of service and am intending on completing commitment to the voters of Elm Grove

Community Involvement: Several commities within Elm Grove (Public Works, Legislative, Public Safety, Building Board, Administrative and Personnel, Recreation, Finance). Most recently chaired a committee that completed the Elm Grove Park and Open Space five-year plan. Also in the capacity of acting lieutenant for the Elm Grove Volunteer Fire Dept.

Family: Wife of 17 years Jennifer Morris and a daughter who lives in Bay View with her husband and their two-year-old son

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Name:Eric Highum

Age: 57

Address: 17855 Bermuda Blvd. Lower, Brookfield

Years in Community: 44

Occupation: President, Blind Squirrel Development

Education: Elmbrook Schools, UW-Whitewater

Political History: Waukesha County Board Supervisor District 8, 2014-present

Community Involvement: N/A

Family: One wife, three children

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Name:Michael Starich

Age: 62

Address: 19295 Timberline Drive, Brookfield

Years in Community: 45

Occupation: A dual career at GM/DELPHI, Oak Creek, Wis. plant as a manufacturing supervisor and a USAF/Wis. Air National Guard Lt. Col./KC-135 Celestial Navigator at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Gen. Billy Mitchell Field, Milwaukee, Wis.

Education: Bachlor of Business Degree, UW-Milwaukee, Military Education includes USAF Navigator's Schools, Squadron Officer's School and the Air Command and Staff School

Political History: None

Community Involvement: Active duty, numerous military war contingencies involving a wodlwide commitment, are you kidding? Now that my family is raised, I have the time to devote to this position

Family: Three daughters ages 22, 20 and 15

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Name:Jim Heinrich

Age: 64

Address: 18435 Harvest Lane, Brookfield

Years in Community: 28

Occupation: CPA/Controller at MPS Acquisition Company, LLC, Hartland, Wis.

Education: BS - Iowa State University, MBA - The George Washington University

Political History: Currently serving as 1st Vice Chair of the County Board, Chairman of the Finance Committee and member of the Executive Committee

Community Involvement: Past Treasurer - Rotary Club, Member of St. John Vianney Church, Former Executive Board member - Elmbrook Humane Society

Family: Married for 29 years

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