Incumbents fare well - mostly - in spring vote

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

It was more good news than bad for incumbents in Tuesday’s spring general election voting.

In the city of Plymouth 3rd Aldermanic District, it took only eight write-in votes to win the election.

There were no official candidates in the south-side district, as incumbent Jack Fernsler chose not to run for re-election and no other candidate filed to run.

The city Board of Canvassers Wednesday declared that Robert Gonzalez, 131 Reed St., won the open seat with eight write-in votes.

According to City Clerk Patty Huberty, there were 25 other write-in votes for the position, with no more than two for any other candidate.

“I did talk to him and he did indicate he is going to accept the position,” Huberty said of Gonzalez.

Three other incumbent council members – David Williams in District One, John Nelson in District Two and Charles Hansen in District Four – won reelection unopposed.

Two village presidents retained their seats against challengers.

In Elkhart Lake, incumbent President Alan Rudnick polled 256 votes to 160 for Trustee Michael Wolf.

In Cedar Grove, incumbent President Michael DeHaai easily defeated challenger Daniel Wenzel, with 236 votes to 48.

One of two incumbent Cedar Grove Village Board members seeking re-election lost his bid for another term. Incumbent Trustee Jeffrey Duenk finished fourth in a four-way race for three seats, trailing David Otte by six votes for the last seat. The other seats were won by newcomer Benjamin Meerdink and incumbent Ken Hoopman.

Voters in the town of Plymouth returned two incumbent supervisors, Glenn Kruschke and Jack Hanke, to the Town Board, with challenger Brian Niemi failing in his bid for one of the seats. Hanke got 261 votes, Kruschke 231 and Niemi 105.


WITH THE USUAL light voter turnout for the April general election, poll workers at City Hall in Plymouth (left) had time to catch up on reading or other activities between signing in voters. Voters — some with a little assistance from future voters (above) — cast ballots for local offices as well as for state superintendent of public instruction. — Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner WITH THE USUAL light voter turnout for the April general election, poll workers at City Hall in Plymouth (left) had time to catch up on reading or other activities between signing in voters. Voters — some with a little assistance from future voters (above) — cast ballots for local offices as well as for state superintendent of public instruction. — Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner Incumbent town of Rhine Supervisor Allen Feld held onto his Town Board seat against Michael Meeusen, getting 169 votes to 93 for Meeusen.

Town of Mitchell Chairman William Puetz gave up that position to run for the Town Board, but finished third in the race for two seats. Incumbent Supervisor Patrick Docter finished first with 144 votes and challenger Sharon Kneeland got 133 votes to take the second seat, with Puetz totalling 112 votes.

In the only race for mayor in the county, incumbent Sheboygan Mayor Michael Vandersteen easily won re-election over Alderman John Belanger. Vandersteen got 3,952 votes to 1,678 for Belanger.

The only statewide race on the ballot saw incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers withstand a challenge from retired Whitnall School District Superintendent Lowell Holtz to win a third term in office. Evers outpolled his challenger by a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent.

Evers, a Plymouth native, won in his hometown with 506 votes to 290 for Holtz. Evers also took the county with 8,463 votes to 5,265 for Holtz.


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