Little Competition for Offices To Be Filled In Spring ElectionsIssue Date: January 9, 2020
Deadline for candidates to file nomination papers to be filled in the April 7 elections was 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. Primary elections if needed will be on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
In Marinette County all 30 County Board seats are to be filled. In most of those 30 districts incumbents are seeking re-election unopposed, but in the Town of Peshtigo's District 21, where incumbent Vilas Schroeder is not running a primary will be needed to pick two of the three candidates seeking to replace him. Contenders are Rebecca DeMarce, Karl Jaeger and Jim Wortner. There also will be a primary runoff for the two positions to be filled on Peshtigo Town Board.
Seeking to fill the Circuit Court Branch 1 Judge position currently held by Judge David Miron, who has announced his retirement effective in July when his current 6-year term ends are Atty. Mike Perry, who has law offices in Marinette and Jane M. Sequin, who currently holds the position of Marinette County Court Commissioner and Register in Probate.
Voters all across Wisconsin will select a person for the 10-year Justice of Supreme Court term that begins on Aug. 1. Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly is being challenged by Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone, so a primary run-off of Feb. 18 will be required.
County Board: There is scant competition for County Board Supervisor positions. In the City of Niagara District 1 incumbent Gilbert Engel is challenged by Roger Allen.
In District 11, Town of Porterfield,incumbent Mark Anderson, who has been serving also as County Board Chair, is not seeking return to office. Stan Gruszynski is unopposed to replace him.
In District 14, incumbent Laura Frea is being challenged by Thomas Buelteman.
In District 16, Town of Grover, Brian Tonn and former board member Connie Seefeldt seek to fill the post vacated by the resignation of David Zahn.
In District 21, a primary will narrow a field of three candidates to two for the post being vacated by Vilas Schroeder. Candidates are Rebecca DeMarce, Karl Jaeger and Jim Wortner.
In District 28, which includes part of the Town of Peshtigo, incumbent Tom Mailand faces a challenge from Andrea (Andi) Rich.
In the City of Marinette District 26 incumbent Shirley Kaufman faces a challenge from Ken Holdorf.
In all o ther districts, incumbent supervisors are unopposed in bids for return to office.
They are, District 2, Niagara, Al Sauld; District 3, Dunbar, Tricia Grebin, District 4, Beecher, Clancy Whiting; District 5, Goodman, Bill Stankevich; District 6, Amberg, George Kloppenburg; District 7, Crivitz/Twin Bridge area, Bonnie Popp; District 9, Middle Inlet/Wausaukee area, John Guarisco, and District 10, Porterfield/Loomis/Middle Inlet area, Penny Chaikowski;
District 12, Village of Crivitz, Ginger Deschane; District 13, Pound/Beaver area, Robert Holley; District 15, Pound/Coleman area, Glenn Broderick; District 17, Grover/Peshtigo area, Thomas Mandli; District 18, Town and City of Peshtigo, Christopher Gromala; District 19, City of Peshtigo, Jillian Schutte, District 20, City of Peshtigo, Mike Behnke; and District 22, Town of Peshtigo, Don Pazynski.
Unopposed incumbents in the City of Marinette County Board supervisory districts are: District 23, Ken Keller, District 24, Gail Wanek; District 25, Paul Gustafson; District 27, Ted Sauve; District 29, Rick Polzin, and District 30, Al Mans. 27,
Candidates for municipal and school board positions to be filled include:
City of Marinette: John Marx, incumbent alderman for Ward 3, faces a challenge from former Mayor Doug Oitzinger. Seeking return to office without opposition are incumbent aldermen Rick Polzin, Ward 7 and Jason Flatt, Ward 8. Peter Noppenberg and John LaCourt are competing for the position of Municipal Judge.
City of Niagara: Incumbent aldermen Dan Decker and Glen Lantagne and Municipal Judge Scott Sexton have all filed for return to office and there is no opposition.
City of Peshtigo: Two-year terms expiring on Tuesday, April 21 are those held currently by Mayor Cathi Malke and alderpersons Jillian Schutte, District 1; John Berendt, District 2 and Archer M. Leupp, District 3. Malke has filed for return to office, and is being challenged by Tony O'Neill. Leupp and Berendt are unchallenged in bids to return to office. Schutte is not seeking return for her aldermanic post and Dick Berth has filed as a candidate for the position. Schutte said she is seeking re-election as the County Board supervisor from District 20.
The current 4-year term of Municipal Judge Cindy Sutek, who serves the City of Peshtigo and towns of Grover, Peshtigo and Porterfield expires on April 30 and is to be filled at the April 7 elections and she is seeking return to that position and is unopposed.
Town Boards: New 2-year terms for supervisors on 5-member town boards will begin in April. Town Boards with three members have no terms expiring this year. Terms expiring are:
Town of Peshtigo - With multiple candidates for the two seats to be filled there will be a primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Incumbent Supervisor 3 Thomas Holterman and Supervisor 4 Dan Van Beek are both seeking re-election. Holterman is being challenged by Ryan Van Cleve, Kayla Furton and Daryl Joy and Van Beek is being challenged by Tom Roggendorf and Kristen Edgar.
Town of Pound - Terms of incumbent supervisors Dave Pellman and Mike Zeitler end on Tuesday, April 21. Both have filed for re-election and have no opposition.
Town of Stephenson - Terms of incumbent supervisors Jeffrey Lieuwen for Seat 2 and Andrew Rogers for Seat 4 are expiring. Rogers was appointed to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of former Supervisor Kevin Solway and has filed as a candidate for a full term on the board. Lieuwen is seeking return to the board and there are no other candidates.
Town of Wausaukee - Anyone who would like to be a candidate for the Supervisor 3 position formerly held by Kurt Stumbris has until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 to file nomination papers for a chance at the job. Norbert Van Den Elzen has filed nomination papers for the Supervisor 3 position and his name will be on the ballot. Town Clerk Cheryl Stumbris was advised by Marinette County Clerk Kathy Brandt that because Stumbris failed to file either a declaration of non-candidacy or papers to be a candidate, the deadline for potential candidates is extended until the new deadline on Jan. 10. She will be in her office all afternoon until 5 p.m. on that day, or anyone wishing to file at any other time may contact her at 715-927-2185. Clerk Stumbris said Supervisor Stumbris had told her he did not wish run for return to office. Incumbent Dennis Taylor filed nomination papers for return to the Supervisor 4 position and is being challenged by Jeffrey Smithana. Terms end on Tuesday, April 14.
Town of Brazeau, Oconto County - Terms of incumbent supervisors David Parmentier and Rodney Gretzon end on Tuesday, April 21. Both are unopposed for return to office.
Village of Coleman: Two-year trustee positions held by incumbents Timothy Gould, Jesse Parker and Jeff Gosa expire on Tuesday, April 21. Gosa and Gould have filed papers for re-election and Parker has filed a notice of non-candidacy. Sean VanErmen has filed papers to run for a trustee position.
Village of Crivitz: Two year terms of Michael Strandt, Amy Grandaw and Stewart Swanson expire on Tuesday, April 21 and all are seeking return to office without opposition.
Village of Pound: Two year terms of incumbent trustees Mary Meyer and David Navis expire on Tuesday, April 21. Meyer has filed for return to office. Navis is not seeking re-election. Candidates in addition to Meyer are Kevin Schutte, who currently heads the village's Department of Public Works, and Wayne Gross.
Village of Wausaukee: Terms of incumbent trustees Steve Stumbris, Kyle Stumbris and Pat Tracy expire on Tuesday, April 21. Kyle Stumbris is not running and filed a timely notice of non-candidacy. Steve Stumbris and Pat Tracy are candidates for re-election and James Feldmann is a candidate to fill the spot being vacated by Kyle Stumbris.
Every school board in Wisconsin has terms to be filled in the April elections. New 3-year terms will begin on Monday, April 27. Candidates who have filed nomination papers for positions on area school boards to be filled in April are:
Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School Board - Incumbent Lee Niven is being challenged by Amanda McLain for the Town of Dunbar representative position and Brian Bousley, Member At Large, is unopposed in his bid for return to office.
Crivitz School Board - Lyle T. Cherry and Board President Mike Dama have filed for re-election and there are no other candidates.
Coleman School Board - There are three candidates seeking two positions. Incumbents Joanne Nowak and Barb Krause-Klug are seeking return to office with a challenge from Dennis Fiedorowicz.
Goodman-Armstrong Creek School Board - Terms of David Rock and David Ziolkowski are expiring. Rock is not seeking another term and no one has filed as a candidate to replace him. Voters will choose between three candidates to fill the two positions on the board - Kimberly Gudowicz, Samantha Smith and Ziolkowski.
Lena Public School Board - The at-large position of Lori Dufek is expiring and she is a candidate for return to office without opposition.
Marinette School Board - There are four candidates to fill three "at large" positions. Candidates are Brian Ceranski, who is a former board member, and incumbents Tom Faller, Lee Kuntz and John LaCourt.
Niagara School Board - The two candidates, running unopposed with two positions to be filled, are Debra Tauriainen and Joe Champeau.
Peshtigo School Board - Veteran Board member Michael Finger, Seat 6, is not seeking return to office and will be leaving the board when his term ends on April 26. Adam Buyarski has filed to replace him. Gary Larsen, Seat 1 in unopposed for return to office and and Mike Fifarek faces competition from Miranda Seefeldt for the Seat 5 position.
Suring School Board - incumbents Eugene School and Mark Strehlow are not seeking return to office. Candidates for the two positions are Cathleen Regal and David Lally.
Wausaukee School Board - Representatives at Large Greg Schroeder and Eric Van Laanen are unopposed in bids for re-election.
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