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Absentee Ballots Encouraged For Elections Tuesday, April 7

Issue Date: April 1, 2020

Presidential Primary, Judicial, County, Local, School Offices On Ballots

Despite the coronavirus "safer at home" restrictions, polls all across the state will be open on Tuesday, April 7 for Wisconsin's presidential preference primary and Non-Partisan Spring Elections. Polls will be open for in-person voting during normal voting hours, starting at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.

Absentee voting is encouraged, but municipal clerks have devised various individual plans for protecting poll workers and using special sanitation and separation measures to prevent spread of the coronavirus among those who choose to cast their ballots in person. Those wanting to cast absentee ballots or vote in advance may contact local clerks for information. Contact information for municipal clerks can be found at myvote.wi.gov.

All voters must register, whether they cast their ballots in person on election day, in advance at the clerk's office, or by absentee ballot via mail or e-mail. Absentee ballots must be in the respective clerk's office prior to 5 p.m. on election day. Voters can obtain more information on-line or from local municipal clerks.

Statewide, Wisconsin voters will select the state's preferred presidential candidate to be on the Democrat Party ballot to oppose President Donald Trump, a Republican, in November; elect a Justice to serve a 10-year term on the Wisconsin State Sureme Court, and decide by referendum whether or not the Wisconsin Constitution should be amended to include Marsy's Law.

Marsy's Law has twice received Wisconsin legislature approval. Proponents say the proposed Constitutional change will strengthen the rights guaranteed to victims of crimes, and opponents say it will harm the legal system and interfere with constitutional rights of the accused.

Incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, who was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker, is being challenged by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky for a 10-year term. In the primary election runoff in February, Kelly received 352,860 votes to 261,721 for Karofsky. Fallone, a Marquette University law professor, received 89,181 votes and was eliminated from the race. although this is a non-partisan position, Kelly is seen as the Conservative candidate, while Karofsky is viewed as a liberal.

Marinette County voters supported Kelly by wide margins in every voting district in the February primary. He drew 2,376 of the total votes cast in the county, compared to 984 for Karofsky and 282 for Fallone.

For local level positions, Marinette County voters will decide between Atty. Michael Perry and Atty. Jane M. Sequin to fill the Circuit Court Branch 1 Judge position currently held by Judge David Miron, did not seek re-election and has has announced that he will retire when his current 6-year term ends. Perry is a Town of Peshtigo resident with law offices in Marinette. Sequin, who lives in Marinette, currently holds the position of Marinette County Court Commissioner and Register in Probate.

Except for the judicial contests, a contested race for mayor in the City of Peshtigo, supervisor positions on Peshtigo Town Board, seats on a few school boards, and a handfull of County Board supervisor positions there is little competition for most positions on the spring non-partisan election ballots.

There are positions to be filled on Marinette and Oconto County Boards, school boards, city councils, village boards and supervisor posts on town boards that have five members.

In the majority of TIMESland districts incumbents are unopposed in bids for re-election.

County Board: All 30 Marinette County Board seats are to be filled for 2-year terms, and in all but six of those districts there is no competition.

In District 1, City of Niagara, 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 a return to office. Stan Gruszynski is unopposed to replace him. Gruszynski served for 10 years as a representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly from District 71, in the Stevens Point area, and also was appointed by President Barrack Obama as Director of Rural Development for the USDA. He is now living back on the family farm in Porterfield.

In District 14, which also is in the Town of Porterfield, incumbent Supervisor Laura Frea is being challenged by Thomas Buelteman.

In District 16, Town of Grover, Brian Tonn and former County Board Supervisor Connie Seefeldt seek to fill the post vacated by the resignation of David Zahn late last year.

The District 21 post in the Town of Peshtigo is being vacated by long-time Supervisor Vilas Schroeder, who did not seek re-election. Contending to replace him are Karl Jaeger and Jim Wortner, victors in the 3-way primary election in February.

In District 28, which also includes part of the Town of Peshtigo, incumbent Supervisor Tom Mailand faces a challenge from Andrea (Andi) Rich.

In District 26, City of Marinette, incumbent Shirley Kaufman is being challenged by Ken Holdorf.

In all other County Board 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 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.

Municipal 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: Incumbent Mayor Cathi Malke faces a challenge from Tony O'Neil of AerialPicPro for a two-year term. Incumbent Aldermen John Berendt, District 2 and Archer M. Leupp, District 3, are unopposed as candidates for new two-year terms. District 1 Alderman, Jillian Schutte, is not seeking return to that position, and Dick Berth is unopposed as a candidate to replace her. Schutte is unopposed for another 2-year term 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 she is seeking return to that position without opposition.

Village Boards:

Village of Coleman: There are three candidates and three 2-year terms to be filled. Trustee positions held by incumbents Timothy Gould, Jesse Parker and Jeff Gosa expire on Tuesday, April 21. Gosa and Gould are seeking re-election. Parker filed a notice of non-candidacy and Sean VanErmen is the sole candidate to replace him.

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: There are three candidates and two Village Trustee positions to be filled. Seeking to fill the 2-year terms that begin on April 21 are incumbent Trustee Mary Meyer and challengers Kevin Schutte and Wayne Gross. Incumbent Trustee David Navis is not a candidate for re-election.

Village of Wausaukee: Incumbent trustees Steve Stumbris and Pat Tracy are seeking re-election and James Feldmann seeks to fill the trustee position that will be vacated by Kyle Stumbris when his term expires on Tuesday, April 21.

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. Towns with supervisor terms to be filled are:

Town of Peshtigo - Competition has been heavy for the two seats to be filled. Kayla Furton and Daryl Joy, victors in February's 5-way primary election race to become the District 3 Town Board Supervisor candidates, will be facing off on Tuesday. Incumbent Daniel Van Beek and challenger Kristen Edgar, winners of a 3-way primary contest, will compete for the Town Board Supervisor 4 position.

Town of Pound - Terms of incumbent supervisors Dave Pellman and Mike Zeitler end on Tuesday, April 21. Both have filed for re-election and there is 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 now is seeking a full term on the board. Lieuwen is seeking return to the board and there are no other candidates.

Town of Wausaukee - Terms of the Supervisors 3 and 4 positions end on Tuesday, April 4. Competing for the Supervisor 3 position are Norbert VanDenElzen and Matthew R. Jicha. Incumbent Kurt Stumbris did not seek re-election. Competing for the Supervisor 4 position are incumbent Griz Taylor and challenger Jeff Smithana.

Town of Brazeau, Oconto County - Terms of incumbent supervisors David Parmentier and Rodney Gretzon end on Tuesday, April 21 and both are on the ballot unopposed for return to office.

School Boards:

Every school board in Wisconsin has 3-year terms to fill that will begin on Monday, April 27. Candidates who will be on the ballot for positions on area school boards are:

Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School Board - Incumbent Lee Niven is being challenged by Amanda McLain for the Town of Dunbar representative position. 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 - Voters will choose between three candidates to fill two positions on the board. Candidates are Kimberly Gudowicz, Samantha Smith and incumbent David Ziolkowski. David Rock, the other incumbent, did not seek re-election.

Lena Public School Board - The at-large position of Lori Dufek is expiring and she is unopposed for return to office.

Marinette School Board - Four candidates seek to fill three "at large" positions on the board, so one will be eliminated. Candidates are Brian Ceranski, who is a former board member, and current incumbents Tom Faller, Lee Kuntz and John LaCourt.

Niagara School Board - The two candidates, Debra Tauriainen and Joe Champeau, are running unopposed for the two positions to be filled.

Peshtigo School Board - Veteran Board member Michael Finger, Seat 6, did not seek re-election and will be leaving the board when his term ends on April 27. Adam Buyarski is unopposed as a candidate to replace him. Gary Larsen, Seat 1, is 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 running unopposed for the two positions are Cathleen Regal and David Lally.

Wausaukee School Board - At Large board members Greg Schroeder and Eric Van Laanen are unopposed in bids for re-election.


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