Mixed results in April voting

Faller, Reilly unseated on Plymouth council; Falls school referendum defeated again
by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff


Four-year-old Alexander Hilbelink helps his mother, Ashley, fill out and cast her ballot in Tuesday's spring general election at Plymouth City Hall. — Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner Four-year-old Alexander Hilbelink helps his mother, Ashley, fill out and cast her ballot in Tuesday's spring general election at Plymouth City Hall. — Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner A combination of old and new resulted in two incumbent Plymouth City Council members losing their seats in Tuesday’s spring general election.

Voters in the Sheboygan Falls School District rejected a $33.8 million referendum to build a new middle school and early learning center.

In the only statewide races on the ballot, incumbent Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack and incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers both carried Sheboygan County on their way to re-election.

Challenger John Nelson easily won election to the Plymouth City Council in the 2nd District on the city’s northeast side. Nelson collected 222 votes to 94 for incumbent Jay Reilly, a 70 to 30 percent margin of victory.

In the 3rd District, incumbent Jim Faller was ousted by Jack Fernsler – who represented the 1st District until he moved two years ago – in a closer race. Fernsler got 141 votes (57 percent) to 103 (42 percent) for Faller.

Voters in the Sheboygan Falls School District voted almost three-to-two against the proposal to build a new middle school and early learning center on the current elementary school site on Alfred Miley Way. The 1,966 to 1,336 outcome was the second time voters have turned down a proposal for a new middle school.

Voters in the city of Sheboygan elected a new mayor. Former County Board Chairman Michael Vandersteen unseated incumbent Mayor Terry Van Akkeren, getting 4,059 votes to 3,862 for Van Akkeren.

Incumbents triumphed in a four-way race for three two-year terms on the Cascade Village Board. Jason Harrison, Jim Larson and Todd Starnitcky all won re-election, holding off challenger Carrie Krahn.

A one-year vacancy on the Cascade Village Board was won by Craig DeSmidt over Josh Karmasin.

One incumbent Kohler Village Board member – Dietmar Wohlgemuth Jr. - was the odd man out in a four-way race for three seats. Incumbents William Kunst and Brian Post were re-elected and Charles Keller won the third seat.

In the town of Russell, Terrance Winkel moves up from town supervisor to town chairman, defeating

Michael Willeford in the race to succeed retiring Chairman Herbert Dickman.

Willeford also ran for the Town Board seat Winkel vacated and lost that race to Jonathan Ausloos.

Challenger Barbara Poch won a seat on the Sheboygan Falls Town Board, joining incumbent Gerald Meyer in finishing ahead of incumbent Dennis Patt in a threeway race.

Incumbent Wilson Town Chairman David Gartman defeated challenger Daniel Rostollan, who also lost the race for town clerk to Jeffrey Feringa. Incumbents David Senkbeil and Dale Sommer won re-election to the Town Board over challenger Timothy Rakun.


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