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Little Competition For For April 3 Elections

Issue Date: March 29, 2018

There is little opposition for Marinette and Oconto County offices to be filled at the Spring elections on Tuesday, April 3. There will be bonding referendums for Coleman and Peshtigo School Districts, a state referendum that proposes to eliminate the constitutional position of Wisconsin State Treasurer, and a hotly contested race for Wisconsin Supreme Court between Michael J. Screnock, of Reedsburg, who is backed by the Republican party and other conservative groups and Rebecca Dallet, Whitefish Bay, who has support of liberals. Incumbent Justice Mike Gableman did not seek re-election.

Voters also are asked to consider a referendum that would change in the Wisconsin State Constitution by eliminating the elected position of State Treasurer. If that happens the Lieutenant Governor would replace the treasurer as a member of the State Board of Commissioners for Public Lands.

Local offices to be filled include supervisors on town boards with five or more members plus positions on all school boards, city councils, village boards.

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 no candidate for County Board Supervisor District 18, serving parts of the town and city of Peshtigo and a write-in candidate is likely to be elected.

Marinette County Clerk Kathy Brandt said anyone seeking election as a write-in candidate should file a notice with her office. If there is a name on the ballot write-in votes will not be counted for county positions unless the candidate has pre-registered. However for positions for which there is no ballot candidate all write-in votes will be counted, whether or not the the person named was pre-registered. Decision as to whether or not to accept the position would then be up to the person written in.

Marinette County Board

There is little competition for the 30 board positions. With the election just a week away, there was still no announced candidate for the District 18 vacancy created by the death of the late Russell Bauer.

For Supervisor District 19, City of Peshtigo, there is no candidate on the ballot, but Peshtigo City Alderman Jillian Schutte has registered as a write-in. Incumbent Supervisor Fred Meintz is not seeking reelection.

The only contest on the ballot for a Marinette County Board position is in District 9, where John Guarisco and Julie Vertz will contend for the seat being vacated by incumbent Joe Policello. Both Vertz and Guarisco have previously served terms on the board.

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; 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.

In District 7, incumbent Cheryl Wruk, is not a candidate, and Bonnie Popp, of Popps Lane, Crivitz, is unopposed in a bid to replace her 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 District 24, Supervisor Don Phillips is not returning to office and Gail Wanek is unopposed to replace him.

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: Incumbent Trustees Jeff Gosa, Jesse Parker and Tim Gould have all filed for re-election and there is no opposition.

Crivitz Village Board: Four candidates will be contending for three village trustee positions in Crivitz. They are incumbent trustees 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. Village Clerk Patricia Schutte had advised the Peshtigo Times that 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. She said anyone 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 on April 3 for new two-year terms. 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 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.

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 and Coleman School Board president, but has announced he is not a candidate for return to the County Board.

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: Incumbent Cory Hess is challenged by Joshua Seefeldt for the Seat 8 position on the board. Steve Coble, Seat 9, is unopposed for return to office. Incumbent Julie Muenster faces a challenge from Rebecca DeMarce for the Seat 7 position.

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 is no candidate on the ballot to replace her. There also has been no announcement of a write-in candidate.

Oconto County Board

There is two-way competition for a few of the seats being vacated on the 31-member Oconto County Board, 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.

Terry Brazeau and David Parmentier are competing for the District 27 Supervisor position representing the towns of Brazeau and Spruce, which is being vacated by Ryan Wendt. Wendt is not seeking return to office as a County Supervisor, but will continue in his positions as chair of the Town of Brazeau and president of Coleman School Board.

In District 7, incumbent Ron Korzeniewski is a non-candidate, and Fran Wranosky and David Behrend are contending 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. Competing for his position are 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.


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