Vote Tuesday, April 2 For State Supreme Court, Local Offices Issue Date: March 28, 2019
The only statewide contest on the ballot for the Spring Elections on Tuesday, April 2 is between candidates seeking to fill the Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice position being vacated by Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Candidates are Judge Brian Hagedorn and Judge Lisa Neubauer, both of whom currently serve as Wisconsin State Appeals Court Judges on the Waukesha-Based District II Court of Appeals.
Polls throughout Wisconsin are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day, and absentee ballots can be obtained from local officials if necessary.
Judge James Morrison is unopposed in his bid to return as Branch II Circuit Court Judge for Marinette County for another 6-year term.
There will be school board positions to fill for each school district. In Goodman/Armstrong Creek voters are being asked to approve a referendum that allows the school district to exceed the state levy limit for school funding. In Marinette School District voters are asked to vote on a referendum to allow redistricting voting areas for school board members so all board members are elected at large to represent the district at large, rather than representing specific parts of the district.
There is competition for office in several Marinette County towns, cities and villages, mainly in the Town of Peshtigo, Town of Silver Cliff and Town of Athelstane. However, in most of the towns, cities and villages of TIMESland, incumbents and newcomers seeking offices are unopposed. For a few positions there are no candidates, and they will be filled by write-in votes.
The only two positions to be filed through the office of Marinette County Clerk Kathy Brandt for this election are those of Municipal Court Judges Catherine Stichman for the towns of Stephenson, Lake, Middle Inlet, and Silver Cliff and the Village of Wausaukee, and Arthur J. Rettke for the towns of Beecher, Dunbar and Pembine. There is no opposition.
The races include:
City of Marinette: There is no opposition. Incumbent Ken Keller is on the ballot for return as Ward 1 alderman, and incumbent Dorothy Kowalski is a candidate for return as alderman at large. In Ward 4, incumbent Brian Walters filed a certificate of non-candidacy, and Dave Anderson is the sole candidate for that position.
City of Niagara: Incumbent Mayor George Bousley is unopposed for return to office, as are incumbent aldermen Michael Darne and Teresa West. Incumbent Alderman Mark Moreau has filed non-candidacy papers, and Lynn Schabo Burke is seeking that position without opposition.
City of Peshtigo: Incumbent Aldermen Brigitte Schmidt, Michael J. Behnke and Debbie Sievert are all candidates for return to office and there is no opposition.
Village of Coleman: There is no competition. Seeking return to office without opposition are incumbents Village President Glenn Woulf and Trustees David Podoski and Nancy Stank Chad Mursau is unopposed in a bid to fill a village trustee position being vacated by incumbent Diane Patz, who has filed a notice of non-candidacy and is not seeking re-election.
Village of Crivitz: All incumbents are seeking return to office. Candidates are incumbent John Deschane for Village President being opposed by Trustee Kurt M. Kostuch. Fred Franzen, Jeff Dorschner and Kurt M. Kostuch are for trustee positions.
Village of Pound: Incumbent President Terry Earley is unopposed for return to office, as is incumbent Trustee John Homontowski. Incumbent Trustee Gerald Rogge has filed a notice of non-candidacy and Michael Rogodzinski is seeking to fill that position. There is no opposition.
Village of Wausaukee: There is no opposition. Incumbent Village President Hilbert Radtke is seeking return to office as is Trustee Lowell (Mack) McKim. Incumbent Trustee Joleen Christ filed a notice of non-candidacy and Darryll Schmidt is unopposed as a candidate to fill that position. There is no candidate for a third trustee post that was left vacant by the passing of Ray Gordon in January. That position may be filled by a write-in vote.
Town of Amberg: The only ballot contest is for the Supervisor I seat, where incumbent Ron Holmes is being challenged by Rick Downs. Other incumbents seek return to office without opposition. They are Town Chair Matt Mattison, Supervisor II Russell Werner, Clerk Pat Boshen and Treasurer Lisle Suzawith.
Town of Athelstane: Incumbent Harold Tesch, Jr. and challenger Denis DeJardin compete for the Supervisor 1 position. Candidates without opposition for return to office are Town Chair Kelly Barnes, Supervisor II David William Jose, Clerk Janice DuChateau and Treasurer Gregory Reinhardt.
Town of Beaver: All incumbents are candidates for return to office and there are no challengers. Incumbents are Town Chair David Bedora and Supervisors Jerome Fendryk and Vernon Gisenas.
Town of Beecher: There is no competition. Candidates on the ballot are are Town Chair Robert Gehri, Supervisors Daniel Groy and John Keeley, Clerk Cynthia Butterfield and Treasurer Carolee Hirte, all incumbents.
Town of Dunbar: The Clerk/Treasurer post has become an appointed position rather than elected and will not be on the ballot. Incumbent Chair Harry Sokel and Supervisors Joseph Stoll and David White are seeking return to office without opposition.
Town of Goodman: All incumbents have filed for re-election, and there is no opposition. Alfred Barribeau is the sole candidate for the newly created position of Municipal Judge. Incumbents seeking return to office are Chair William Stankevich, supervisors Steve Gostisha and James LaChapell, Clerk Susan Pratt and Treasurer Cindy Nelson.
Town of Grover: Incumbent Constable Doug Witak has filed a notice of non-candidacy and there is no one seeking that position. All other incumbents have filed for return to office, and there is no opposition. Candidates are Chair Wayne Staidl, Supervisor I Kim Kittredge, Supervisor II Brad Wyss, and Clerk/Treasurer Lisa Witak.
Town of Lake: There will be a contest on the April 2 ballot between incumbent Supervisor Travis J. Mueller and challenger William Retza, Jr. Incumbents unopposed for return to office are Town Chair Dan Banaszak, Supervisor I Cory L. Sotka, and Clerk/Treasurer Linda Tarmann.
Town of Middle Inlet: Incumbent Chair Richard Wade and Supervisors Donald R. Van, Sr. and Ronald Wenzel are seeking return to office without opposition. The elected Clerk/Treasurer post currently held by Chuck Stanek has been eliminated, and when his current term ends on April 16 the position will be filled by town board appointment.
Town of Pembine: Candidates Ross Bole and Todd Kelly are competing to fill the Town Chair position being vacated by Louis Linsmeyer, who filed a notice of non-candidacy. Incumbent supervisors Vince Czahor and Michael Newingham are unopposed in their bids for return to office.
Town of Niagara: Incumbent Supervisor Richard Payette has filed a statement of non-candidacy, and David Sanicki is seeking to fill that position. Incumbents seeking return to office without opposition are Town Chair Mark DeClerk, Supervisor Ronald Neuens, and Clerk Dawn Johnson.
Town of Peshtigo: In what promises to be a hotly contested election, former Town Chair Herman Pottratz and Current Town Chair Denise Wiedemeier face off for that position. Contenders for the Supervisor 2 position are Incumbent Mark Monnette and Jon P. Drees, who were victors in the February primary. Supervisor 1 incumbent Dan Staudenmaier faces a challenge from Tim Bergeson. The only uncontested position is that of Town Constable, were incumbent Rick Badgley has filed for re-election.
Town of Porterfield: Town Chair Dan Marzu has filed notice of non-candidacy and Denis Bergeson is unopposed to replace him. Incumbents seeking return to office unopposed are Supervisor I Audrey Guseck, Supervisor II Donald Limberg, Treasurer Wendell Philipps, and Clerk Amy Linstad.
Town of Pound: Incumbent Chair Jerry Heroux is unopposed for return to office. There is a three-way race for the two supervisor positions to be filled. Incumbent Supervisor John Gaffney is seeking return to office, and Dennis Fiedorowicz and Glenn Broderick are also candidates. Incumbent Supervisor Leonard Semrau has filed a notice of non-candidacy. Town Chair Jessica Olson and Treasurer Janelle Rymer are unopposed for re-election.
Town of Silver Cliff: The only incumbents seeking return to office are Treasurer Carol Kitchmaster and Constable Scott Baldwin, who have no opposition. All current board members - Chair Henry Burkel and Supervisors Jeff Schaal and Bruce Weber - filed notices of non candidacy, as did Town Clerk Stefanie Bishop. Donna Weber is the sole candidate on the ballot to replace Bishop as clerk. Christopher Norton and Incumbent Supervisor Bruce Weber are contending for the Town Chair post being vacated by Burkel. Norton had also been on the candidate list for Supervisor I and Supervisor II positions but was eliminated as a competitor for those posts in the February 19 primary election. Candidates contending for the Supervisor I post are Riana Ventura-Bishop and Cindy Jonet. Candidates for Supervisor II are Sue Victoreen and Cindy Jonet.
Town of Stephenson: Incumbent Chair Mike Kudick is unopposed for return to office as are Supervisor 1 Jim Stradl, Clerk Elaine Olson and Treasurer Mary Jane Kempka. Supervisor 3 Rick Kikulski has filed a notice of non-candidacy, and Jeff Franzmeier is unopposed to fill that vacancy.
Town of Wagner: The sole candidate on the ballot for Town Chair is Lynn Hickey, who is an incumbent due to being reappointed to the board last month after resigning from that position in April of 2018. At the March regular board meeting position seeks to return to the position from which she resigned in April of 2018. At the March 12 board meeting Steve Renikow announced that he is a write-in candidate for the town chair post, and appointed Town Clerk Cassie Brown announced that she is a write-in candidate for election to the clerk's position. The name of incumbent Town Clerk Linda Wilke remains on the ballot, but Wilke resigned in February due to some health issues and has stated she will not accept the office if she is elected. Seeking return to office unopposed are Treasurer Linda F. LaRochelle, who was appointed to the office she holds, and supervisors Mollie Arthur and Ed Delfosse. Delfosse has served as supervisor since April of 2018, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Supervisor Allen Sievert.
Town of Wausaukee: There are no contests, no challengers and no surprises. All incumbents have filed for return to office. They are Town Chair Jeff Englemann, Supervisors Robert Jicha and David Tomasino, Clerk Cheryl Stumbris and Treasurer Sally Hultquist.
Town of Brazeau, Oconto County: Incumbents seeking return to office unopposed are Town Chair Ryan Wendt and Supervisor Gerald Kempka. Incumbent Supervisor Scott Thomson has filed a notice of non-candidacy. Seeking to fill one of the two supervisor positions in addition to Kempka are Randy Nasgovitz and current Clerk/Treasurer Jean Grosse. The town has been advertising for someone to fill the clerk/treasurer position, for which there is no candidate on the ballot.
Crivitz and Goodman are the only two school districts in TIMESland with contests on the ballot. Crivitz has five candidates for three positions, and Goodman has four candidates for two positions.
Two veteran Peshtigo School Board members, Bob Thomas and Tom Fischer filed notices of non-candidacy and are not seeking return to office. Jenni Schwittay and Mariel Carter are candidates to fill the positions they will vacate.
Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine school Board: Incumbent Ryan Berger is unopposed in his bid to return to office as the Town of Pembine representative.
Colman School Board: Incumbents Jeremy Hoida and Ryan Wendt are seeking return to office. Incumbent Jamie Graetz filed a notice of non-candidacy, and Barbara Van Drisse is a candidate for the third board position to be filled.
Crivitz School Board: There are five candidates seeking to fill three spots on the board. incumbent Travis Mueller filed a notice of non-candidacy. Contenders for the three positions are incumbents Amy Grandaw and Cory L.Sotka, and challengers Michael Frievalt, Kayla Gauthier-Ihde and Linda Tarmann.
Goodman-Armstrong Creek School Board: In addition to the funding referendum, voters will choose two of four candidates for seats on the board. Contenders are incumbents Timothy Barribeau and Laura Klescewski and challengers Scott P. Goode and Stanley David Millan.
Lena School Board: Incumbent Kristan Huberty has filed a notice of non-candidacy and will not be returning for a new term. Unopposed as candidates for the two terms to be filled are Timothy A. Goldschmidt and incumbent Edward Huberty.
Marinette School Board: There are no contests except the referendum to provide for district-wide board representation. Incumbents seeking return to office unopposed are city residents representatives Charles Rowell, Jr., Eric Craver and Terri Florek.
Niagara School Board: All incumbents are on the ballot for re-election without opposition. They are Ann Brasure, Patti Sparapani and Lisa Swanson.
Peshtigo School Board: There are four seats to be filled and four candidates seeking to fill them. Candidates who filed for office are Jenni Schwittay and Mariel Carter and incumbents Kelly Jones and Mike Finger. Veteran board members Bob Thomas and Tom Fischer both filed notices of non-candidacy.
Wausaukee School Board: Incumbents Joe Lanich and Sherri Schlies have filed as candidates for return to their board positions. They are unopposed.
Voters can register in advance on-line at elections.wi.gov, or at the polls on election day with proper photo ID and documents showing proof of residence at the polls. Registration information is available on line at bringit.wisconsin.gov or myvote.wi.gov/en-us/.
Among other things, proof of residence documents can include a driver's license or state ID, real estate tax bill showing mailing address, utility bill, paycheck or pay stub, check or other document issued by a unit of government, letter on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual's residence for voting purposes, or residential or nursing home documents.
Marinette County Clerk Kathy Brandt has scheduled the Board of Canvassers to canvass votes for 9 a.m. Friday,April 5 in the Annex Conference Room on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex in Marinette.
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