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Who is the best (or worst) Scrooge of all?
Vote with $1 in fundraiser to benefit Project Pulse
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Connie Valenza

The city of Platteville is holding a special election this holiday season to raise money for Project Pulse.

Residents will be able to Choose-A-Scrooge by placing $1 or more in a ballot box for the voter’s favorite candidate.

The candidates and their “platforms”:

•    City Manager Larry Bierke: “Everyone should be shoveling the streets with a slotted spoon.”

•    UW–Platteville Foundation Executive Director Dennis Cooley: “Anyone caught smiling should be charged at least $1. They obviously aren’t working hard enough.”

•    Main Street Program Executive Director Jack Luedtke: “I will ban all cellphones and tablets from Main Street and all of Platteville.”

•    Platteville School District Superintendent Connie Valenza: “No homework over holiday break ... because there will be no holiday break.”

To vote place $1 or more into the ballot box of your choice. Every dollar will count as one vote. The polls will be open through Dec. 23, and the candidate with the most votes will be elected town Scrooge on Dec. 24.

Ballot boxes are located at Heiser Hardware, Country Kitchen, the Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce, Platteville Public Library, and the Municipal Building. Donations may also be sent (checks should be payable to Platteville EMS with the Scrooge of your choice listed) to Choose a Scrooge, P.O. Box 780, Platteville, WI 53818. Stuffing the ballots is strongly encouraged.

Proceeds from Choose-A-Scrooge will benefit Project Pulse, the effort to equip city facilities with Automated External Defibrillators. Quick use of a defibrillator after sudden cardiac arrest can increase the chance of survival by 75 percent. For more information on Project Pulse contact Brian Allen, 348-2271.