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Little Competition On Ballot For Offices In April Elections

Issue Date: January 3, 2018

There is little opposition for offices in Marinette and Oconto counties to be filled at the Spring elections on Tuesday, April 3. Filing deadline was 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Offices to be filled include all County Board supervisor positions, plus positions on school boards, city councils, village boards and town boards with five or more members.

There are 30 county Board posts to be filled in Marinette County, where five incumbents have filed notices of non-candidacy, and 31 in Oconto County, where seven incumbents are not seeking reelection. There is two-way competition for a few of the seats being vacated in Oconto County, but no candidate at all for the Oconto Falls District 18 post currently held by long-time Board Chair Lee Rymer, who has announced he will not return to office when his term ends in April. Rymer stepped down as Board Chair at the County Board meeting in April and turned the position over to Vice Chair Paul Bednarik.

There is also no candidate for the District 13 seat being vacated by Veteran Supervisor Jim Lacourciere.

The only primary for any position in Marinette County or bordering Oconto County communities will be for the Oconto County Board District 27 Supervisor position, where three candidates seek the seat being vacated by Brazeau Town Chair Ryan Wendt, who is not a candidate. Wendt also chairs the Coleman School Board, and will continue in that position as well as his Town Chair post.

MARINETTE

COUNTY BOARD

There is no candidate for the Marinette County Board Supervisor District 19 position in the City of Peshtigo, where incumbent Fred Meintz is not seeking reelection, and the only contests on the ballot in April will be in District 9, where John Guarisco and Julie Vertz will contend for the seat being vacated by incumbent Joe Policello.

In District 7, incumbent Cheryl Wruk, is not a candidate, and Bonnie Popp, of Popps Lane, Crivitz, is unopposed in a bid for that position on County Board.

District 8 Supervisor Joe Banaszak also is not a candidate, and the sole contender for his seat is Robert Hoyer, of Louisa Road, Crivitz.

In the City of Marinette, Don Phillips is not returning to office as the Supervisor from District 24, and Gail Wanek is unopposed to replace him.

Incumbent supervisors seeking return to office without opposition are Gilbert Engel, District 1; Al Sauld, District 2; Tricia Grebin, District 3; Clancy Whiting, District 4; Bill Stankevich, District 5; George Kloppenburg, District 6; Penny Chaikowski, District 10; Board Chair Mark Anderson, District 11; Ginger Deschane, District 12; Robert Holley, District 13; Josh Anderson, District 14; Glenn Broderick, District 15; David Zahn, District 16; Thomas Mandli, District 17; Russ Bauer, District 18; Mike Behnke, District 20; Vilas Schroeder, District 21; Don Pazynski, District 22; Ken Keller, District 23; Paul Gustafson, District 25; Shirley Kaufman,District 26; Ted Sauve, District 27; Tom Mailand, District 28, Rick Polzin, District 29, and Al Mans, District 30.

OCONTO

COUNTY BOARD

A 3-way race has developed for the District 27 position being vacated by Ryan Wendt. Candidates Terry Brazeau, David Rakowski and David Parmentier will face off in a primary on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

There are no candidates for the District 13 seat being vacated by Veteran Supervisor Jim Lacourciere or the District 18 post being vacated Lee Rymer.

In District 7, incumbent Ron Korzeniewski is a non-candidate, and Fran Wranosky and David Behrend will contend to replace him.

In District 11, incumbent Karl Ballestad is being challenged by Cynthia Patterson, and District 12 incumbent Robert Reinhart faces a challenge from Richard Doreen.

Long-time District 14 Supervisor Gerald Beekman resigned from the board in December due to health reasons and is not seeking return to office. Competing for his position will be John Matravers and Joe Stiloski.

District 19 incumbent Bill Grady is not seeking re-election. The sole candidate to replace him is Bart Schindel.

District 21 incumbent Timothy O'Harrow is being challenged by Leonard Wahl.

Incumbent supervisors seeking return to office unopposed are District 1, Elmer Ragen; District 2, Darrel Pagel; District 3. Don Girardi; District 4, Chris Augustine; District 5, Dennis Kroll; District 6, Robert Pott; District 8, Vernon Zoeller; District 9, Al Stranz; District 10, Diane Nichols; District 15, Rose Stellmacher; District 16, Melissa Wellens; District 17, Buzz Kamke; District 20, Kenneth Linzmeyer; District 22, Paul Bednarik; District 23, Gregory Sekela; District 24, Richard Nelson; District 25, Gary Frank; District 26, Doug McMahon; District 28, Alan Sleeter; District 29, Judith Buhrandt; District 30, Don Bartels, Jr. and District 31, David Christianson.

CITIES

Marinette City Council: Mayor Steve Genisot is unopposed in his bid for return to office, as are Ward 2 Alderman Jeffrey Skorik and Ward 5 Alderman Wally Hitt. In Ward 6, incumbent Alderman Peter Noppenberg faces a challenge from James Kostura.

Niagara City Council: Incumbent Alderpersons Larry Kuchinski and Dan Decker are unopposed in bids for return to office. Incumbent Gerald Kallenbach is not seeking re-election, but Glenn Lantagne is seeking to fill that position on City Council.

Peshtigo City Council: There is no competition on the ballot for city offices. Mayor Cathi Malke is unopposed in a bid for re-election, as is incumbent District 1 Alderperson Jillian Schutte. Incumbent District 2 Alderperson Thomas Gryzwa is not seeking return to office, and John Berendt is the sole candidate for that position. District 3 Alderperson Mary Lock also is not seeking re-election, and Archer Leupp is unopposed in a bid to fill that seat on City Council.

VILLAGES

Coleman Village Board: All three incumbent Coleman Village Trustees whose terms expire in April have filed for re-election. There is no opposition. Trustees seeking return to office are Jeff Gosa, Jesse Parker and Tim Gould.

Crivitz Village Board: Four candidates will be on the ballot for two-year village trustee positions to be filled in Crivitz. They are incumbents Amy Deschane and Stewart Swanson and contenders Amanda Kalkhoff and Aaron Patefield. Duane Swanson is not seeking return to office.

Pound Village Board: Incumbent Trustees Mary Meyer and David Navis are unopposed for re-election for two year terms on the Village Board. However, only the name of Meyer will appear on the ballot. Clerk Patricia Schutte advised the Peshtigo Times Wednesday morning that the nomination papers turned in by Navis prior to the 5 p.m. filing deadline on Tuesday, Jan. 2 were incomplete, so his name will not be on the printed ballot. Those wishing to vote for him will need to add him as a write-in.

Wausaukee Village Board: Terms expiring are those of trustees Randy Schmidt, Kyle Stumbris and Pat Tracy, and all three have filed for re-election. However, earlier this year the Village Board approved an ordinance change that cuts size of the board from seven members to five. As a result, though three terms expire, only two trustees will be elected for new two-year terms in April. The top two vote getters of the three incumbents will be returned to office, and the candidate with the lowest vote tally will be off the board.

TOWNS

Only town boards with five or more supervisors will have seats to fill on the April 3 ballots.

Town of Brazeau, Oconto County: There is no ballot competition. Incumbent town supervisors David Parmentier and Rodney Gretzon have both filed for return to office. Parmentier also is a candidate for the Oconto County Board District 27 Supervisor position currently held by Ryan Wendt, who remains in his position as Brazeau Town Chair but has announced he is not a candidate for return to the County Board.

Town of Peshtigo: Incumbent Town Board Supervisors Thomas Holterman and Dan Van Beek are both seeking return to office without opposition.

Town of Pound: Incumbent Supervisors Dave Pellman and Mike Zeitler are unopposed as candidates for return to office.

Town of Stephenson: Terms up in April are those held by Supervisor Jeffrey Lieuwen, Seat 2, and Supervisor Kevin Solway, Seat 4. Both are seeking re-election, and neither has opposition.

Town of Wausaukee: Terms ending in April are the Supervisor 3 position currently held by Kurt Stumbris and the Supervisor 4 post currently held by Dennis Taylor. Both are seeking return to office and neither has opposition.

SCHOOL BOARDS

School board elections are for three year terms to begin officially on Monday, April 23.

Beecher/Dunbar/Pembine School District: There are four positions to be filled and four candidates to fill them. Incumbents Vicki Fick, Town of Beecher; Tina Duenweg, Member at Large, and Ryan Berger, Town of Pembine, are unopposed in bids for return to office. Lee Niven is the sole candidate seeking to fill the Town of Dunbar representative post vacated by the resignation of Rose Marcely in 2017.

Coleman School District: There are three candidates for two board positions. Incumbents Scott Herzog and Barb VanDrisse have both filed for return to office, and are challenged by political newcomer Corey Kuchta. Voters also will be asked in April to approve funding for school facility improvements.

Crivitz School District: Incumbents Gary Huc and Kris Heidewald are both seeking return to office and there is no opposition.

Goodman/Armstrong Creek School District: Incumbents Laura Kiescewski and Deborah Thompson are candidates for re-election without opposition.

Lena School District: There are two Board Member At large posts to be filled, and two candidates seeking to fill them - incumbents Charles Imig and David McNurlen.

Marinette School District: Incumbents Judy Grace and Lisa Michiels, who represent rural residents on the Marinette School Board are both seeking return to office. Marjorie Giese, one of seven city resident representatives on the board, is not a candidate. Mary Bodam in unopposed in her bid to fill the position she will be leaving.

Because of past difficulties in getting and keeping board members, the existing Marinette School Board has discussed reducing its size from nine to seven members and has approved a referendum vote in April on a proposal to end the city/rural representation on the board and make all seats be open to any district resident interested in serving.

Niagara School District: There are two board positions to fill. Incumbent Karie Kehn seeks return to the position she holds. Incumbent Mary Lundquist has filed a notice of non-candidacy. Julia Neuens seeks to fill the seat she will vacate on April 23.

Peshtigo School District: Incumbents Cory Hess, Seat 8 and Steve Coble, Seat 9 are unopposed for return to office. Incumbent Julie Muenster faces a challenge from Rebecca DeMarce for the Seat 7 position on the school board.

There may be a referendum in April seeking voter approval of funding for a new or improved Middle School/High School building. The School Board is expected to make that decision later this month.

Wausaukee School District: Terms ending in April are those of representatives at large Sandra Wojcik, Mary Marquis and Elmer Busick. Busick and Wojcik are unopposed for return to office. Marquis, who currently is board president, has filed a notice of non-candidacy and there will be no candidate on the ballot to replace her. "I feel it is time to step aside and allow more time for personal endeavors," Marquis said of her decision to leave the board in April when her term expires.


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