4/6/11 – There will be a new but familiar face on the Beaver Dam Common Council. One-time alderman Mick Fisher, who served on the council in the 1980’s, beat two-term incumbent Aaron Onsrud, 136 to 111. In Waupun, Julie Nickel defeated April Cox for the open seat in District One, 339 to 131. In Mayville, former alderman Michael Schmidt reclaimed his open seat in Ward Three by beating out challenger Paul Pogrant, 83 to 54. There were several write-in candidates for Mayville’s Ward One-Ward Five seat but no one was officially on the ballot. In Juneau, Roxanne Buss bested former county coroner John Burgbacher for the open Ward Two seat, 99 to 78. There were no candidates on the ballot for the Ward Three seat being vacated by Clarence Chase but several write-ins. On the Watertown City Council James Romlein Sr. beat-out Stan Martin, 395-225, for the open District Nine seat currently held by Brad Blanke. Tony Arnett withstood a challenge from Charles Damaske and secured 70% of the vote to retain his District Seven seat.
The three incumbents on the Beaver Dam School Board will be keeping their seats. Joanne Tyjeski, Lisa Panzer and Kim Darst all withstood a challenge from newcomer Mickale Carter. It’s the same story on the Randolph School Board, where incumbents Keith Medema, Barb Braker or Dave Tietz held on to defeat challenger Jonathan DeVries. Incumbents held onto their seats on the Watertown school board as well where J. Mark Holland, Craig Jensen and Lori Werth secured enough votes to beat-out opponents Adam Kassulke and John Siedschlag. In Waupun, where four candidates sought two city seats, incumbent Jane Derksen-Chene (will be joined on the board by newcomer Jason Wierenga. Incumbent Anne Kraintz and challenger Jim Van Buren fell short. Waterloo School Board incumbent Wally Schoenherr lost his seat by one vote to newcomer Jenifer Quimby, the final tally 578 to 579. Incumbent Nancy Thompson secured another term with 732 votes. On the Lomira School Board, Edward Fuecht defeated Gary Langbruttig.
Town and Village
In the Town of Beaver Dam, Cheryl Goodrich beat Daniel Stern in the race for Town Clerk. Jeff Schmitt will stick around as District Two Supervisor after defeating Dean Hughes. Steve Panozzo will stay on as Ashippun Town Board Chairman after holding-off a challenge from Jim Schoenike. Bill Bremer will remain District Two Supervisor in Ashippun. Jerry Beier beat Ross Kittle for the Town of Burnett Board District Two Supervisor. David Blank will keep his seat as Town of Clyman Chairman after defeating challenger Robert White by four votes. Brad Bailey defeated Amy Nehls as Clyman’s District One Supervisor. In the Town of Fox Lake, District One Supervisor Julie Flemming held on to her seat with one vote to spare; Flemming beat Tom Wissing 173 to 172. Arthur Thurmer beat Wayne Kok for District Two Supervisor in Fox Lake. Allen Hackbarth defeated Angela Baerber-Schaefer for Town of Hustisford Treasurer. Theresa Schraufnagel lost her job as Town of LeRoy Treasurer to Bryant Halverson. Town of Theresa District One Supervisor Frank Kuczkowski was unseated by Perry Billings, the vote there was 149-145. Mark Kramer and Greg Rayome won the four-way race for Iron Ridge Village Trustee. Steven Dethardt beat-out Karl Hurlebusch for Village of Kekoskee President while Jana Schultz bested Richard Gerth for village Trustee. Tony Schraufnagel will stay on as Lomira Village President after defeating opponent Eugene Schroeder. Jeanne McDermott held-off a challenge from trustee Tom Held to remain as Village of Neosho President. Village of Randolph President Ken Ireland lost his seat to Linda Vanderploeg. Fall River Village President Dale Standke was re-elected, beating out challenger Mike Lubenau.
Polling Place Resorts To Handwritten Ballots
4/6/11 – Some polling places in Beaver Dam ran out of ballots last night just before the polls closed. It could have affected the vote in Ward Five, the only contested aldermanic race in the city. Over two dozen voters were told that they ran out of ballots. Twenty-five voters were given blank, legal paper to write-out their preferences by hand. We informed County Clerk Karen Gibson of the hand-written ballots live on the air during our election coverage last night just as the polls closed. At first Gibson was shocked and told us that the ballots were illegitimate and would not be counted. After speaking with the lead election specialist with the Government Accountability Board, she learned the makeshift ballots were valid after all.