(Beaver Dam) There will be four contested races for Beaver Dam City Council in April. Common Council President Robert Ballweg is facing a challenge from Jack Yuds. Administrative Committee Chair Lisa Davidson is not seeking re-election and Mike Derr and Jaclyn Shelton are vying for the aldermanic vacancy. Alderman Mick Fischer is being challenged by Betsy Ramsdale. Doug Garczynski will face incumbent Jon Abfall. On the Beaver Dam School Board, there are five candidates vying for three open seats. Incumbents Jim Jansen, Chad Prieve and Bev Beal-Loeck are being challenged by Tony Klatt and Brad Friedl.
(Dodge County) There will also be contested school board races in the Waupun, Mayville and Dodgeland School Districts. On the Waupun School Board, incumbent Stephen Chene is being challenged by Lori Van Buren for a seat representing the city of Waupun. In Mayville, three candidates are vying for two, open Zone Four City seats. Incumbents Ron Andes and Norbert Dornfeldt are running alongside Tom Kempf. At Dodgeland, incumbent David Beal is being challenged by Bruce Haan for the city of Juneau/Town of Oak Grove seat.
(Dodge County) There will be no contested races on city councils in Juneau, Mayville, Fox Lake and Waupun where all incumbents have filed paperwork to return and, barring a write-in campaign, are running without opposition. In Horicon, two of three incumbents plan on running again but there will be no one on the ballot in District Two. Alderman Nathan Anfison, who served two terms as council president, filed non-candidacy last month and no one stepped forward by yesterday’s deadline to file.
(Town of Trenton) We’re learning more about the bullets that were fired into a Town of Trenton home early on New Year’s Day. According to a press release issued by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation revealed that the shots were fired from the west and struck the front window of the home on County Road W near Hemlock Road. The homeowner was startled awake by the shots around 2am. Bullets also struck a shed and a pickup truck inside the shed. No word on if the incident is related to reports of shots being fired less than an hour later on Buckhorn Road near County Road C, several miles north of the initial report. No damage was reported from that incident. Deputies checked the area but nothing was found. Authorities say it is not known at this time if this was an accidental shooting from a nearby residence or field or if it was an intentional act. The public is being asked to contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office with any information.
(Juneau) Governor-elect Tony Evers says he will not propose scrapping the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in his first budget. Evers called for a new approach to economic development during his campaign but told WisPolitics yesterday (Wednesday) that he’ll leave WEDC in place for now. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald called that news “encouraging.” But in a statement, Fitzgerald said he’s concerned about comments Evers made in other media interviews about possible tax hikes. The Juneau Republican noted the state’s tax burden is at a 50-year low – and said Republicans are committed to making sure that “Wisconsin stays open for business.”
(Beaver Dam) Auditions are being held for the first spring main stage production at the new Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre Fine Arts Center. Neil Simon’s “Rumors” is a farcical comedy set in the 1980s centered around the shooting injury of the deputy mayor of New York and the couples who try to get their confusing stories straight about the incident before guests arrive for an anniversary party. The ten-person cast includes roles for both men and women. The show will run for seven performances between March 6th and March 17th. Auditions are tonight from 6pm to 8pm and again Saturday from 10am until noon at the new Fine Arts Center at 117 West Maple Avenue in Beaver Dam. More information is available at www.bdact.org.