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School Referendums Voted Down In Peshtigo, Pass In Coleman

Issue Date: April 5, 2018

Snow covered roads did not keep voters away from the polls in TIMESland Tuesday, April 3, particularly in Peshtigo and Coleman school districts where there were referendums seeking funding for school construction projects.

By a margin of 820 for to 1,019 against, Peshtigo School District voters defeated a referendum seeking $$29.950,000 to build a new middle school/high school. A related referendum proposing to add a third gym to the new building for an additional $$950,000 was defeated by a margin of 713 in favor and 1,112 opposed. Incumbent Peshtigo School board members Cory Hess and and Julie Muenster were unseated in favor of challengers Rebecca DeMarce and Joshua Seefeldt. This was the fourth attempt by Peshtigo School Board in the last three years to get voter approval for a new building.

Coleman School District vote was 596 in favor and 432 against on the main referendum question which authorizes the school board to borrow up to $10,850,000 for remodeling of the existing building, and 606 in favor to 421 opposed on the second question which authorizes borrowing an additional $2,980,000 for remodeling and equipment additions for specific program areas of the existing building.

LOCAL RESULTS

There was little competition for city, town, village and County Board positions on the ballot.



There was apparently no one elected to fill the District 18 vacancy created by the death of the late Russell Bauer, who represented parts of the Town and City of Peshtigo. There was a scattering of 13 write-in votes, but no announced write-in candidate. Based on the write-in vote, anticipated winner is Chris Gromala.

For Supervisor District 19, City of Peshtigo, there was no candidate on the ballot, but official write-in candidate Jillian Schutte was elected with 19 votes. She is also a Peshtigo City Alderman. Incumbent District 19 Supervisor Fred Meintz did not seek reelection.

The only contest on the ballot for a Marinette County Board position was in District 9, representing parts of the towns of Middle Inlet and Wausaukee and Village of Wausaukee. In a tight race, John Guarisco won the post with 108 votes, to 92 for Julie Vertz. The seat is being vacated by incumbent Joe Policello.

In District 7, incumbent Cheryl Wruk was not a candidate. Bonnie Popp, of Popps Lane, Crivitz a ballot candidate to replace her, was elected with 160 votes.

In District 8 Supervisor Joe Banaszak did not seek re-election. Robert Hoyer, of Louisa Road, Crivitz, the sole candidate, drew 137 votes to win the position.

City of Marinette District 24 Supervisor Don Phillips is not returning to office. Gail Wanek, unopposed on the ballot, drew 62 votes to replace him.

Incumbent supervisors returned to office without opposition are Gilbert Engel, District 1, 118 votes; Al Sauld, District 2, 149 votes; Tricia Grebin, District 3, 121 votes; Clancy Whiting, District 4, 129 votes; Bill Stankevich, District 5, 196 votes; George Kloppenburg, District 6, 206 votes; Penny Chaikowski, District 10, 143 votes; Board Chair Mark Anderson, District 11, 146 votes; Ginger Deschane, District 12, 164 votes; Robert Holley, District 13, 334 votes; Josh Anderson, District 14, 127 votes; Glenn Broderick, District 15, 306 votes; David Zahn, District 16, 326 votes; Thomas Mandli, District 17, 410 votes; Mike Behnke, District 20, 317 votes; Vilas Schroeder, District 21, 351 votes; Don Pazynski, District 22, 189 votes; Ken Keller, District 23, 69 votes; Paul Gustafson, District 25, 129 votes; Shirley Kaufman, District 26, 128 votes; Ted Sauve, District 27, 110 votes; Tom Mailand, District 28, 70 votes, Rick Polzin, District 29, 83 votes, and Al Mans, District 30, 131 votes.

CITIES

Marinette City Council: There were 804 votes for Mayor Steve Genisot, unopposed in his bid for return to office. Incumbent Ward 2 Alderman Jeffrey Skorik, also unopposed, was returned to office with 61 votes; Ward 5 Alderman Wally Hitt, unopposed was returned with 101 votes. In Ward 6, incumbent Alderman Peter Noppenberg drew 53 votes to defeat challenger James Kostura, with 22 votes.

Niagara City Council:

With three City Alderperson positions to fill and three candidates to fill them, incumbents Larry Kuchinski and Dan Decker were returned to office. There were 91 votes for Kuchinski and 105 for Decker. Incumbent Gerald Kallenbach did not seek re-election, and Glenn Lantagne drew 118 votes to fill that position

Peshtigo City Council:

There is no competition on the ballot for city offices. Mayor Cathi Malke, unopposed in a bid for re-election, received 662 votes, Incumbent District 1 Alderperson Jillian Schutte was returned to office with 193 votes. Incumbent District 2 Alderperson Thomas Gryzwa did not seek return to office. John Berendt, sole candidate for that position, received 224 votes. District 3 Alderperson Mary Lock also did not seek re-election. Archer Leupp is unopposed in a bid to fill that seat on City Council, drew 212 votes.

VILLAGES

Coleman Village Board:

Incumbent Trustees Jeff Gosa, Jesse Parker and Tim Gould all sought re-election without opposition. There were 169 each votes cast for Gould and Gosa, and 151 votes for Parker.

Crivitz Village Board:

Four candidates were competing for three village trustee positions. Incumbent trustees Amy Deschane, 74 votes, and Stewart Swanson, 89 votes, were returned to office. Trustee Duane Swanson did not seek return to office. His position will be filled by Aaron Patefield, who drew 76 votes. Amanda Kalkhoff, the unsuccessful candidate, received 57 votes.

Pound Village Board:

Incumbent Trustee Mary Meyer was retuned to office with 59 votes. There was no name on the ballot for the trustee position held by David Navis, but there were a scattering 13 write-in votes cast for a total of eight individuals, of which four were for Navis. Runners-up were tied with two votes each. Navis, as majority vote getter, has agreed to accept the results and return for another two year position on the board. Village Clerk Patricia Schutte had previously told the Peshtigo Times that the nomination papers Navis turned in just prior to the 5 p.m. filing deadline on Tuesday, Jan. 2 were incomplete, so she could not have his name printed on the ballot.

Wausaukee Village Board:

Incumbent trustees Randall Schmidt, with 62 votes, and Pat Tracy, with 42 votes were returned to their seats on Wausaukee Village board. Due to an ordinance change approved by the board earlier this year, the Village Board is being reduced in size from seven to five members, with one position to be eliminated this year and another this year. Because of that, terms of three trustees expired but there were only two positions to fill. Kyle Stumbris, with 29 votes, will no longer be on the board after reorganization later this month.

TOWNS

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

Town of Peshtigo:

Incumbent Town Board Supervisors Thomas Holterman and Dan Van Beek were returned to office without opposition. There were 746 votes cast for VanBeek and 730 for Holterman. There were no other contests for the town.

Town of Pound:

Incumbent Supervisors Dave Pellman and Mike Zeitler were both returned to office without opposition. Pellman received 298 votes and Zeitler had 313.

Town of Stephenson: Incumbent supervisors Jeffrey Lieuwen, Seat 2, and Kevin Solway, Seat 4, were re-elected without opposition. There were 312 votes for Solway and 316 for Lieuwen.

Town of Wausaukee: Incumbents Griz Taylor, Supervisor 4 and Kurt Stumbris, Supervisor 3, were returned to office without opposition. There were 136 votes for Taylor and 132 for Stumbris. A total of 139 voters came to the polls.

Town of Brazeau, Oconto County:

Incumbent town supervisors David Parmentier and Rodney Gretzon were returned to office without opposition. By a 202 to 142 margin voters approved a resolution to eliminate the elected position of town clerk/treasurer and replace it with a clerk/treasurer to be appointed and supervised by the town board.

SCHOOL BOARDS

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

Beecher/Dunbar/Pembine School District:

There were four positions to be filled and four candidates to fill them. Results were 240 votes for Vicki Fick, Town of Beecher; 227 votes for Tina Duenweg, Member at Large, and 234 votes for Ryan Berger, Town of Pembine, all incumbents. Lee Niven, with 242 votes, was elected to fill the Town of Dunbar representative post vacated by the 2017 resignation of Rose Marcely.

Coleman School District:

Political newcomer Corey Kuchta drew 707 votes to win a place on the board, unseating Barb VanDrisse, who received 494 votes, losing by a narrow 1-vote margin to incumbent Scott Herzog, who retained his spot on the board with 495 votes. District voters approved both resolutions authorizing bonding for for school facility improvements that were backed by the school board, administration and a citizen's study committee that met for approximately a year before making their recommendation.

Crivitz School District:

Incumbents Gary Huc, with 529 votes, and Kris Heidewald, 593 votes were both returned to office. There was no opposition.

Goodman/Armstrong Creek School District:

Incumbents Laura Kiescewski and Deborah Thompson were re-elected without opposition. There were 80 votes for Thompson and 61 for Kiescewski.

Lena School District:

Incumbents Charles Imig, with 232 votes, and David McNurlen, 240 votes were returned to their at-large positions on the board without opposition.

Marinette School District:

Incumbents Judy Grace, with 904 votes, and Lisa Michiels,with 969 votes, were returned to the Marinette School Board as rural area representatives. Incumbent Marjorie Giese did not seek reelection as a city representative. The position she is leaving will be filled by Mary Bodam, who drew 1,148 votes with no opposition.

Because of past difficulties in getting and keeping board members, the Marinette School Board had discussed reducing its size from nine to seven members and tentatively approved a referendum vote in April on a proposal to end the city/rural representation on the board and open all seats to any district resident interested in serving. However, the 500 signatures needed for a referendum petition were not obtained in time. The idea may or may not be pursued for a future election.

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:

Top vote getter was challenger Joshua Seefeldt, who drew 1,490 votes to defeat incumbent Cory Hess, 504 votes, for the District 8 seat on the board. Incumbent Julie Muenster lost a bid for re-election, to challenger Rebeca DeMarce. There were 894 votes for DeMarce and 642 votes for Muenster. Incumbent Steve Coble, unopposed for the District 9 seat on the board, received 1,460 votes. Referendum for construction of a new $29,960,000 Middle School/High School was defeated, 1,019 to 820, and a related referendum that would have authorized an additional $950,000 for a third gym was defeated by a slightly larger margin, 1,112 to 713.

Wausaukee School District:

Bill Orlando, with 443 votes, will be a newcomer to the board as an at-large representative after reorganization later this month. He will replace Mary Marquis, who did not seek return to office. Unopposed incumbents Sandy Wojcik, with 450 votes, and Elmer Busick, with 417 votes, were returned to office. At its reorganization meeting the board will be faced with electing a new president to replace Marquis in that position.

Oconto County Board

Most of the 31 supervisors were seeking office unopposed. they were: 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.

In District 7, incumbent Ron Korzeniewski was a non-candidate. By a narrow 1-vote margin David Behrend, with 103 votes to 102 for Fran Wranosky, won the contest to replace him.

In District 11, incumbent Karl Ballestad drew 115 votes to defeat challenger Cynthia Patterson, with 43 votes.

In District 18, the seat formerly held by retiring long time Board Chair Le Rymer was won by registered write-in candidate Stephanie Holman, with 19 votes.

District 21 incumbent Timothy O'Harrow, with 101 votes, narrowly lost to challenger Leonard Wahl, who had 119 votes.

In District 27, Ryan Wendt was not a candidate. The seat was won by David Parmentier, with 199 votes, defeating Terry Brazeau with 125 votes.


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