Spring Election Preview: Municipal, County Board, School District

Mayoral Races

(Mayville) In Mayville, incumbent Mayor Rob Boelk is being challenged by David Koch.


(Horicon) In Horicon, former Mayor Jim Grigg is challenging Council President Nathan Anfinson.


Municipal Aldermanic

(Beaver Dam) There are two contested aldermanic races in the city of Beaver Dam where seats in even-numbered wards are on the April ballot. In Ward Two, Therese Henriksen (who declined to be interviewed) is challenging incumbent Alderwoman Mary Flaherty.


In Beaver Dam’s Ward 12, former Alderwoman Donna Maly is running against incumbent Dan Doyle.


(Columbus) In Columbus, there are two contested aldermanic races. In District Three, incumbent Andrew Traxler is being challenged by both Paula Steiner. Candidates Chris Roelke and Jason Theilen are vying for the open District Two seat. You can watch the Columbus Aldermanic Candidates Forum on the city of Columbus website:



(Fox Lake) There is one contested race on the Fox Lake Common Council. In Ward One, incumbent Tom Jahnke is being challenged by Don Zilewicz.


Dodge County Board

(Juneau) There is only one contested race on the 33-member Dodge County Board. Evonne Boettge and Dale Macheel are vying for the District Four Beaver Dam-area seat that includes the Town of Westford, which borders Beaver Dam Lake.


Wisconsin Supreme Court

There is one contested race that will appear on every ballot statewide and that is the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Michael Screnock of Reedsburg is currently a Circuit Court Judge in Sauk County.


Rebecca Dallet of Whitefish Bay is a Milwaukee County Circuit Judge.


School Board

(Columbus) There are contested school board seats in Columbus, Mayville and Waupun. Four candidates are running for three open spots in the Columbus School District: incumbent Bill Braun is on the ballot along with Julie Hajewski, John Sanderson, and Barbara Hesselberg.

(Mayville) There is a contested race for all three Mayville School Board seats up for election. Vying for the Zone One North seat is incumbent John Westphal and challenger Sue Steele. In Zone Three South, incumbent James Congdon will face challenger Patrick O’Toole. In Zone Four City, incumbent Laangela Davis is facing Ronald Andes.

(Waupun) Two candidates are vying for an open at-large district seat on the Waupun School Board: Stephen Chenè and Kim Pokorny. There are no contested school board races in Beaver Dam, Horicon or Juneau.


School Funding Referenda

(Horicon). Voters in the Horicon School District will see two questions. The first seeks $22.9-million to build a new elementary school next to the high school where secure entrances would be installed. The second asks for $3.6-million dollars and address infrastructure needs at the junior/senior high school. The district will be shedding approximately $19-million dollars in debt. If neither are approved, the mill rate would decrease by around two dollars. If both are approved the tax rate would increase by one dollar.



(Fall River) The Fall River School District is seeking $7.8-million-dollar referendum and nearly $6-million would go towards athletics. If approved, the mill rate would increase by 81-cents per one thousand dollars of assessed value. The referendum is opposed by former school superintendent Steve Rupert who says the district should use the $1.5-million dollars they have in their fund balance to pay for unexpected needs.



(Hustisford) The Hustisford School District referendum seeks to exceed revenue limits by $200-thousand dollars for each of the next three years to help cover operational costs. The focus would be on curriculum, staffing, educational opportunities and technology. If the question passes, in year one the mill rate would drop 17-cents from $9.53 to $9.36. If it fails, it would drop to $8.73.


(Markesan) Voters in the Markesan School District will see a referendum question that seeks to exceed revenue limits by just over one-million dollars for each of the next three years. The focus would be on staff, helping the district preserve financial stability and maintaining quality educational programs. If the question passes, the mill rate would drop ten-cents in year one from $10.27 to $10.17. If it the question fails, the mill rate would drop to roughly $8.45.



Municipal Referendum

(Town of Beaver Dam) Town of Beaver Dam residents will see a referendum that seeks to increase the town tax levy by $148,910 dollars for road maintenance and construction. The mill rate would increase by 50-cents from 98-cents to $1.48 if approved.