Wiedemeier Defeats Pottratz For Peshtigo Town Chair Post
Every municipality and every school district in Marinette County and across Wisconsin had positions to be filled in elections held on Tuesday, April 4, but there was little competition and turnout was light at most polling places.
A major exception was in the Town of Peshtigo, which had the most contested races for municipal office in all of TIMESland. Herman Pottratz, long-time Peshtigo Town Chair, was unseated by Denise Wiedemeier by an 80-vote margin, 406 to 316. Wiedemeier is currently supervisor from District 3, and the year remaining on her term will have to be filled by appointment.
In other contests on the Town of Peshtigo ballot, Dan Staudenmaier, incumbent supervisor for District 1, was returned to office by a narrow margin of 366 votes to 335 for challenger Dave R. Buechler. Incumbent Supervisor 2 Mark Monnette won reelection with 431 votes to 255 for Duane Panske.
Constable Rick Badgley, appointed to fill the unexpired term of Oren Ninneman, was unopposed and won his first full term with 635 votes.
There were only 111 votes cast in the City of Peshtigo. In the only contested city race, incumbent District 1 Alderman Brigitte Schmidt, with 69 votes, was returned to office by a 30-vote margin over challenger Rick Berth, who garnered 39 votes
In the county as a whole, there was little competition for most of the offices, and in some cases there was no candidate and offices were filed by write-in vote. Except for isolated contests, voter turnout was extremely light, in accord with predictions by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
There was no candidate for Village of Pound President, and no write-in or ballot competition. Only 29 voters came to the polls. Incumbent Jay Martens, who was returned to office by write-in vote as a non-candidate two years ago had announced before the election that this time if elected he would not serve. The scattering of write-in votes ended in a tie between write-ins Tony Earley and Ervin Gretzon, with two votes each. On advice of County Clerk Kathy Brandt, both names were placed in a hat, and Earley was drawn as the winner. Unless he turns the position down, he will be the new village president.
City of Marinette
In the City of Marinette there was no candidate for the Ward 7 Alderman position vacated by Pam Goes, who filed a certificate of non-candidacy. There were 73 write-in votes cast, with the majority going to Rick Polzin, who in 2016 was appointed to fill a County Board vacancy. Polzin drew 45 write-in votes and will become the Council's newest member. Runner-up was Jeff Mayou, with 22 write-in votes. Mayou also is a County Board supervisor. Other votes were cast for a scattering of write-in nominees.
In contested races for alderman, incumbent Ward 8 Alderman Jason Flatt was reelected with 116 votes, compared to 75 for challenger Bill Alwin, and incumbent Peter Noppenberg was returned to office for an abbreviated term as Ward 6 alderman that ends in April of 2018. Noppenberg was appointed to fill the vacancy left when former incumbent Dennis Colburn resigned last year. His challenger James Kostura got 17 votes.
Incumbents re-elected without opposition were Ward 3 Alderman John Marx, 106 votes, and Municipal Court Judge Carl Mercier, with 199 votes.
City of Peshtigo
In the sole city position contest on the ballot, incumbent District 1 Alderperson Brigitte Schmidt was returned to office with 69 votes, defeated contender Richard Berth with 39. Returned to office without competition were District 2 Alderperson Michael Behnke, with 62 votes, and District 3 Alderperson Debbie Sievert, 60 votes.
City of Niagara
There were no ballot contests, and one aldermanic post had no candidate and was filled by write-in votes. Mayor George Bousley was returned to office with 93 votes. Incumbent alderpersons reelected were Michael Dame with 91 votes and Teresa K. West with 102.
Village of Coleman
All incumbents sought reelection and there was no opposition. President Glenn Woulf was reelected with 83 votes. Trustees returned to office were David Podoski, 70 votes; Nancy Stank, 69 votes, and Diane Patz, 79 votes. Municipal Judge Clifford Patz drew 79 votes for return to office
Village of Crivitz
There were no contests for Crivitz village offices, and all incumbents were returned to office. Village President John Deschane was high vote-getter, with 132 votes. There were 101 votes each for trustees Fred Franzen and Dick Kaminski and 106 votes for Trustee Kurt Kostuch.
Village of Pound
Incumbent Trustees Gerald Rogge, with 22 votes, and John Homontowski, 20 votes, were returned to office without opposition. There was no candidate for the village president position, which may end up being settled by vote of the village board. With no candidate on the ballot and no announced write-in candidates, voters wrote in the names of 10 different individuals. Balloting ended in a tie between Tony Earley and and Eric Gretzon, each with two votes, and Earley's name was drawn as the winner. If Earley does not accept the position, the Village board will make a selection.
Village of Wausaukee
There were no ballot contests for village office. Incumbent President Hilbert Radtke was returned to office with 48 votes. Incumbent trustees Raymond Gordon, 40 votes; Lowell (Mack) McKim, 38 votes, and Joleen Christ, 53 votes, also were returned to office.
Town of Amberg
Incumbents all were reelected without opposition. They are Chair Matt Mattison, 62 votes; Supervisor 1, Ronald D. Holmes, 63 votes; Supervisor 2, Russell Werner, 55 votes,; Clerk Pat Boshen, 61 votes, and Treasurer Lisle Suzawith, 65 votes.
Town of Athelstane
The only contest on the ticket was for the Supervisor 2 position held by David Jose, who drew 61 votes to narrowly defeat challenger Denis DeJardin, with 58 votes. Incumbents reelected without opposition were Town Chair John Dobratz, 107 votes; Supervisor 1 Harold Tesch, Jr., 102 votes, Clerk Janice DuChateau, 112 votes, and Treasurer Gregory Reinhardt, 104 votes.
Town of Beaver
A total of 66 voters went to the polls. Incumbents reelected without opposition were Town Chair David Bedora, 54 votes, and supervisors Jerome Fendryk, 57 votes and Vernon Gisenas, 53 votes.
Town of Beecher
The only ballot contest was for the Supervisor 1 post, where incumbent Daniel Groy, with 84 votes, defeated challenger Dwayne Hanzel, 25 votes. Incumbents returned to office unopposed were Chair Robert Gehri, 101 votes; Supervisor 2 John Keeley, 101 votes; Clerk Cindy Butterfield Morgan, 104 votes, and Treasurer Emily LaFleur, 105 votes.
Town of Dunbar
There were no ballot contests, and a total of 99 voters cast ballots. Incumbents reelected without opposition were Chair Harry Sokel, 85 votes; Supervisor 1 John Stoll, 87 votes; Supervisor 2 David White, 89 votes, and Clerk/Treasurer Sue Ann Rhode Perry, 89 votes.
By a margin of 77 yes, 18 no, voters approved a referendum question, "Shall the person holding the office of Clerk/Treasurer in the Town of Dunbar be appointed by the town board?"
Town of Goodman
All incumbents were returned to office without opposition. They are are Chair William Stankevich, 89 votes; Supervisor 1 Steve Gostisha, 101 votes; Supervisor 2 James LaChapell, 104 votes; Clerk Susan Pratt, 105 votes, and Treasurer Cindy Nelson, 104 votes. There were a total of 115 voters at the polls.
Town of Grover
There were no ballot contests, and a total of 103 electors went to the polls. Supervisor 2 Wayne Hoffman did not seek reelection. Brad Wyss, unopposed in his bid to become a member of the board in his place, was elected with 80 votes. Incumbents reelected without opposition were Chair Wayne Staidl, 84 votes; Supervisor 1 Kim Kittredge, 80 votes; Clerk/Treasurer Lisa Witak, 82 votes, and Constable Doug Witak, 80 votes.
Town of Lake
Incumbent Clerk/Treasurer Penny Chaikowski was recently appointed to County Board and did not seek reelection, and Linda Tarman, who had held the Supervisor 1 position, was unopposed in her bid to fill the vacancy. Of a total of 161 ballots cast in the town, Tarmann received 147 votes to make her Clerk/Treasurer. Corey Sotka, unopposed to fill Tarmann's Supervisor 1 seat on the board, received 143 votes. Incumbent Town Chair Dan Banaszak drew 144 votes in his unopposed bid for return to office, and incumbent Supervisor 2 Travis Mueller was reelected with 138 votes.
Town of Middle Inlet
Town Chair Richard Wade drew 102 votes and Clerk/Treasurer Charles D. Stanek drew 99 votes, both unopposed, were returned to office. There were a total of 119 votes cast. Incumbent Supervisor Donald Van, Sr. won return to office with 54 votes, and new candidate Ron Wenzel became a town supervisor with 67 votes. Incumbent Jessica Magerowski received 40 votes in an unsuccessful bid for reelection, and Richard Wenzel received 46 votes in his unsuccessful attempt to become a member of the town board.
Town of Niagara
Incumbents Mark DeClark, chair; Dawn Johnson, clerk, and supervisors Ronald Neuens and Richard Payette were all returned to office without opposition. From a total of 100 ballots cast there were 94 votes for DeClark, 79 for Payette and 80 for Neuens. Incumbent Clerk Dawn Johnson, also unopposed, won reelection with 97 votes.
Town of Pembine
Of a total of 81 votes cast, incumbent Town Chair Louis Linzmeyer was reelected with 70 votes. He was unopposed. Incumbent Supervisor John Schutte did not seek reelection, and Michael Newingham, unopposed, was chosen by 68 voters to fill that position. Incumbent Supervisor Vernon Czahor was reelected with 59 votes.
Town of Peshtigo
Supervisor Denise Wiedemeier won the town chair position over incumbent Herman Pottratz by a margin of 406 to 316 with a total of 736 voters at the polls. Wiedemeier now will need to vacate her current supervisor post, which still has a year to go. That position will be filled by appointment.
Supervisor 1 incumbent Dan Staudenmaier, who has served on the Town Board for over 20 years, won reelection with 366 votes to defeat challenger Dave Buechler, who received 335 votes. Incumbent Supervisor 2 Mark Monnette won return to office with 431 votes, compared to 255 for challenger Duane Panske.
Constable Rick Badgley, who was appointed several months ago to fill the post vacated by Oren Ninneman, was elected for a full term with 635 votes.
Town of Porterfield
All incumbents were returned to office. With a total of 316 ballots cast, Chair Daniel Marzu was reelected with 173 votes, fending off 130 write-in votes for Lynn Guseck to fill the chairman position. Audrey Guseck, the incumbent Supervisor 1, was reelected to that post with 226 votes. There were 250 votes returning Supervisor 2 Donald Limberg to office. Clerk Amy Linstad was reelected with 271 votes and Treasurer Wendell Philipps was reelected with 286 votes.
Town of Pound
The margin was extremely tight in a 3-way race for two town supervisor positions. Incumbents John Gaffney, 74 votes, and Leonard Semrau, 77 votes, narrowly fended off a challenge from Judy Broderick, who lost with 73 votes.
Of a total of 145 ballots cast, there were 130 votes for Jerry Heroux, unopposed for return as town chair, 126 votes each for Treasurer Janelle Rymer and Clerk Tammy Kasal, who were unopposed for return to office.
There were 129 votes for Coleman/Pound Municipal Judge Clifford Patz to return to office.
Town of Silver Cliff
Incumbent Town Chair Henry Burkel drew 143 votes to fend off a challenge from incumbent Supervisor 2 Cindy Jonet, who received 96 votes for the Town Chair position and did not seek return to office as Supervisor 2. Candidates for the position Jonet had held were Susan Victoreen and Bruce Weber. Weber was the victor with 137 votes, to 102 for Victoreen. Incumbent Supervisor Jeff Schaal, unopposed as a candidate for reelection, received 214 votes. Also winning reelection without competition were Clerk Steffanie Bishop, 217 votes; Treasurer Carol Kitchmaster, 212 votes, and Constable Scott Baldwin, 200 votes.
Town of Stephenson
All incumbents were reelected without opposition. Total number of voters was 372. Chair Mike Kudick received 302 votes, Clerk Elaine Olson was high vote getter with 325 votes, followed closely by Treasurer Mary Jane Kempka with 324. Supervisor 1 Jim Stradl received 267 votes and 281 voters cast their ballots for Supervisor 2 Rick Kikulski.
Town of Wagner
There will be some new faces on the board when new terms begin on Monday, April 18. Incumbent Treasurer Margo Renikow did not seek return to office, and Toni Goldschmidt received 151 votes in her unopposed bid to fill that post. Incumbent Town Chair Lynn M. Hickey drew 143 votes to fend off a challenge from Wade Fronsee, who received 32 votes. There were a total of 180 votes cast. Incumbent Supervisor Allen E. Sievert was reelected with 122 votes, and political newcomer Mollie Arthur was elected with 125 votes. Incumbent Supervisor Supervisor Kurt Konell did not seek reelection. Incumbent Clerk Melissa Christiansen was re-elected with 180 votes.
Town of Wausaukee
All candidates sought reelection unopposed. There were 138 voters. Chair Jeff Engelmann received 125 votes; Supervisor 1 Robert Jicha, 126 votes; Supervisor 2 David Tomasino, 116 votes; Clerk Cheryl Stumbris for 129 votes and Treasurer Sally Hullquist was given 127.
Town of Brazeau
All incumbents won return to office without competition. They are Chair Ryan Wendt with 169 votes, Supervisor Gerald Kempka got 134 and Scott Thomson, 166, Clerk/Treasurer Jean Grosse was given 178 complimentary votes.
Incumbents Rose Marcely, 256, Town of Dunbar, and Brian Bousley, 264, Member at Large, were unopposed for re-election.
Re-elected were incumbents Joanne Nowak with 355 votes, and Barb Krause-Klug had 339 votes.
Incumbents Mike Dama with 514 votes, and Lyle Cherry's 515 votes, were re-elected to the Crivitz School Board. They were challenged by Todd Klemme who got 172 votes, and David J. Kopp, 221 votes, for two school board positions.
Incumbents David Ziolkowski got 135 votes, and David Rock, 114, were elected to the two school board positions. Incumbent Laura Klescewski was eliminated with 104 votes.
School Board Member at Large, Lori Dufek, was unopposed for re-election, and received 242 votes. There were no write-in votes. She is Board president.
All three incumbents were on the ballot for re-election for the Marinette School Board. They are Tom Faller with 1047 votes, Lee Kuntz got 938, and John LaCourt was given 1131 comp votes. There was no opposition.
Incumbent School Board members Tracy Coppens got 172 votes, and Susan Moll, 185, to return on the Niagara School Board.
Incumbent School Board members Gary Larsen got 521 votes, Mike Fifarek, 531, and Jenni Schwittay, 534, in their bid for re-election.
Wausaukee School Board incumbents Niles "Dave' Kipp and Kenneth Jones did not seek re-election. Three persons who filed for the two board positions were Bob Wargolet who got 193 votes, Greg Schroeder, 494, and Eric VanLaanen received 487 votes. Wargolet was eliminated from the race.
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