Candidates file for local spring elections
With a week remaining before candidates are required to have their nomination papers filed, several municipal and school board races are already developing in the area.
In New Richmond, incumbents Craig Kittel (District 1) and Roberta Dale-Wozniak (District 2) are the only candidates to have indicated their interest in having their names on the April 2, 2013 ballot. In District 3, challengers Scottie Ard and Jay Jerome have filed their nomination papers. Incumbent Kirk Van Blaircom has yet to file the necessary papers.
In the Village of Somerset, four open positions will be filled by voters. The spots currently held by Village President Jeffrey Johnson, and trustees Robert Krueger, Bob Campbell and Greg Sayers, will be on the ballot. No one has filed any nomination papers as of yet.
In the Village of Hammond, the posts currently held by Village President Tony Bibeau and trustees Erin McComb, Eric Arthur and Doug Doll are up for re-election. As of Friday, no one has filed candidacy papers.
In the Village of Roberts, President Willard Moeri is up for re-election and he's filed candidacy papers. Three trustee positions will be on the ballot. Incumbents Katy Kapaun and Chuck Pizzi have submitted non-candidacy papers. Don Gerhardt has not submitted nomination papers nor has he filed non-candidacy apers.
Two open positions will be filled on the New Richmond School Board during the spring elections. The spots currently held by Neal A. Melby and Marty Wold will be on the ballot. Candidates who have filed through last Friday include Wold, Melby, Mark Struble and Esther Scott Wentz.
There are two open spots on the Somerset School Board this April. Incumbent Tim Witzmann has already indicated that he will not run for re-election. The other seat that will be on the ballot is currently held by Mike Connor and he has filed for re-election. No other candidacy papers have been filed yet.
The St. Croix Central School Board has two open seats as well. Incumbents Jeff Redmon and Kirk Lyksett have submitted their candidacy papers but no challengers have emerged so far.
In the Town of Star Prairie, three positions will be filled by voters. The positions currently held by Chairman Doug Rivard and supervisors Scott Counter and Steve Lewis will be on the ballot.
In the Town of Somerset, the positions currently held by Chairman Ed Schachtner and supervisors Douglas Plourde and Larry Rauch will be on the ballot.
Caucuses will be held in several townships in January.
In the Town of Richmond, three spots are up for election. A caucus will be conducted to determine candidates to fill the posts currently held by Chairman Todd Rehnelt and supervisors Gary Knutson and Richard Volkert.
Open seats in the Town of Cylon include Town Board Chairman Randy Zemke, supervisors Dennis Erickson and Kevin Derrick, Town Clerk Brenda Kaczmarski and Town Treasurer Lois Burri.
In the Town of Erin Prairie, the positions currently held by Chairman John Van Dyk, supervisors Dennis Mitchell and Mike Monteith, and Clerk-Treasurer Jackie Micthell will be filled in April.
In the Town of Stanton, the positions currently held by Chairman Richard Hesselink, supervisors Gerald Croes and Steven Hoogheem, and Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Balcerek will be on the ballot.
The Village of Star Prairie will also conduct a caucus to determine candidates. Up for election this spring are the positions currently held by Village President Greg Gibson and trustees Chris Boardman and Bruce A. Johnson.