Contentious judicial race tops Tuesday ballot

by Emmitt B. Feldner

Voters in Sheboygan County will make the final decision Tuesday in what has been possibly the most expensive Circuit Court race in the county’s history.

The race between Sheboygan/Kohler Municipal Judge Catherine Delahunt ( and Sheboygan County Court Commissioner Rebecca Persick ( for the vacant Branch IV on the Sheboygan County Circuit Court is one of a number of contests on the ballot in the spring general election.

Polling places throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A complete listing of polling places and sample ballots for all municipalities can be found in the special notice section in Thursday’s Review and Wednesday’s Sheboygan Falls News.

Delahunt and Persick, who emerged from a three-way primary in February, have waged a vigorous campaign over the ensuing week, with heavy advertising in all media and battling endorsements.

Delahunt lost a tense and extremely close race for a Circuit Court judgeship in 2011 to Branch III Judge Angela Sutkiewicz.

The Branch IV vacancy was created when current judge Terrence Bourke declined to run for re-election. The winner of Tuesday’s race will serve a six-year term.

Another heated judicial contest to be decided Tuesday is the statewide race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Incumbent Ann Walsh Bradley is being challenged by Rock County Circuit Court Judge James P. Daley for a 10-year term.

The spring general election – the only scheduled election in the state in 2015 – includes open positions in every city, town and village in the county along with local school boards.

Most of those, however, are uncontested races.

The only two Town Board contests are in the town of Plymouth and the town of Wilson.

Two incumbent supervisors in the town of Plymouth – Ray Gremminger and Glen Kruschke – face challenges from John Capelle and Jack Hanke for two open seats on the Town Board.

The town of Wilson has contests for town chairman and two supervisor positions.

Incumbent Chairman David Gartman faces John Ehmann, who is also one of four candidates running for two open seats on the Town Board. The other board candidates are Brian Hoffmann, Thomas Kultgen and Tom Stoelb.

Ballot choices face voters in the villages of Adell, Howards Grove, Kohler, Oostburg and Random Lake.

Incumbent Howards Grove Village President James Scheiber is being challenged by incumbent Trustee Ed Pahl. Pahl is also running for one of three open Village Board seats and is the only candidate on the ballot for the board.

In Kohler, Mike Zimmerman is running for the Village Board along with incumbent Trustees Charles Keller, Bill Kunst and Brian Post. Three board seats are open.

Adell voters will choose among four candidates for three Village Board seats. They are Jim Jentsch and incumbents Andrew Birenbaum, John Brent and Arush Chahal.

In Oostburg, four candidates are vying for three seats on the Village Board – Peter Scheppmann and incumbent Trustees Steve Eggebeen, Brian Hilbelink and Glenn Wynveen.

Random Lake has races for village president and the Village Board.

Incumbent Village President Bob Mc- Dermott is being challenged for re-election by Trustee Matthew Brockmeier.

The race for three seats on the Village Board features two incumbents – Elizabeth Manian and Barbara Ruege – and two challengers – Michael San Felippo and Eric Stowell.

There are two races for the City Council in the city of Sheboygan Falls.

In the 1st District, Al Mayer is challenging incumbent Anne Krauter, while former Alderman Thomas McCue faces off against Peter Weber for the 2nd District seat being vacated by Alderman Dan Krueger, who is not seeking re-election.

Voters in the city of Plymouth will have no contests for City Council, as all four incumbents – David Williams in the 1st District, John Nelson in the 2nd District, Jack Fernsler in the 3rd District and Charles Hansen in the 4th District – are running unopposed.

The state Supreme Court is the subject of a statewide referendum on how the court’s Chief Justice is selected.

A yes vote on the referendum would change the selection to an election by all sitting members of the court every two years.

A no vote would retain the current system, which awards the Chief Justice position to the senior judge on the court.

Voters in the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District will vote on a referendum that would allow the district to exceed state revenue limits by $725,000 a year for four years for maintenance and other purposes.

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