Primary on tap for spring election

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

It’s an off year for elections, but voters statewide will still get the maximum number of chances to vote this year.

A statewide primary for the spring general election was assured Tuesday when three candidates filed to run for the office of state superintendent of public instruction.

That means that before the April 4 election – which will include numerous local positions – there will be a primary election Tuesday, Feb. 21.

While there is a statewide primary as well as several primaries in the city of Sheboygan, voters in other parts of the county will have no contests on the Feb. 21 ballot.

And in several cases – including one position on the Plymouth City Council – there are no candidates for open positions.

In the 3rd District in the city of Plymouth, incumbent Jack Fernsler filed non-candidacy papers and no one took out papers to run for the open seat representing the southeast side of the city.

Three other incumbent aldermen – Greg Hildebrand in District 1, John Nelson in District 2 and Charles Hansen in District 4 – will be running unopposed for re-election in April.

In the village of Howards Grove, only two candidates filed to run for three open seats on the Village Board – incumbents Dirk Hudson and Jeff Plass. The other incumbent, Trustee Ed Pahl, is not running for re-election.

Incumbent Village President James Scheiber has no opposition in his bid for another term.

Voters in the village of Elkhart Lake will have a choice for village president on the April ballot. Trustee Michael Wolf is giving up his seat on the Village Board to challenge incumbent Village President Alan Rudnick.

Two incumbent trustees – Richard Baumann and Richard Sadiq – are joined by newcomer Geoffrey Bray in the race for three seats on the Village Board.

Village presidents and board members will be elected in the county’s other eight villages as well.

There will be a three-way race for two seats on the Plymouth Town Board. First-time candidate Brian Niemi will take on incumbent supervisors Jack Hanke and Glenn Kruschke for the two open positions. Town Chairman Warren

Luedke is unopposed in his bid for another term, as is incumbent Constable John Laack.

School board positions will also be on the April 4 ballot.

In the Plymouth School District, incumbents Jamie Gambrell in area A (city of Plymouth) and Sally Isely in area B (outside the city of Plymouth) have no opposition.

While candidates for each seat must be residents of the specified area, voters in the entire district can vote for both seats.

Only one position is open on the Howards Grove Village Board and incumbent Nate Dehne is the only candidate.

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board incumbent Scott Heinig is not running for re-election. That leaves Erica Spatz and incumbent Joel Schuler as the two candidates for two open seats on the board.

Plymouth native and Plymouth High School graduate Tony Evers is bidding for a third-term as the state’s top educator, but this time around he faces two challengers.

Dodgeville School District Administrator John Humphries and retired Beloit Superintendent Lowell Hintz are also running for state superintendent of public instruction. The top two vote-getters in the Feb. 21 primary will advance to the April 4 general election.

In the city of Sheboygan, three incumbent aldermen are challenging incumbent Mayor Michael Vandersteen’s bid for re-election – John Belanger, Scott Lewandoske and Bill Thiel.

Sixth District Alderman Mark Hermann faces three challengers – Dean Dekker, Robert Heck and Henry Nelson – in his bid for reelection.

Three Sheboygan County Circuit Court judges will be unopposed on the April ballot – Kent Hoffmann in Branch 2, Angela Sutkiewicz in Branch 3 and Daniel Borowski in Branch 5.

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