(Dodge County) There were a number of local city, village, township and school board races on area ballots for Tuesday’s election. In Mayville’s Fifth Ward, Joseph Riese defeated Patrick Kinney. In Waupun, Rohn Bishop beat Zachary Dickhut for the District Five seat vacated by Bobbie Vossekuil. In the city of Fox Lake Ward Two, Marcy Benz beat incumbent Sam Jenswold. In Watertown, incumbent Tom Pasch will hold onto his seat after beating Joel Blase in Aldermanic Ward One, 274-to-227.
There is a new mayor in the city of Columbus. Mary Arnold defeated JD Milburn 658-to-545. Incumbent Mayor Michael Thom did not seek reelection. There were three contested aldermanic races in Columbus. In District One, Sarah Motiff topped Nathan Anfinson. In District Two, incumbent Trina Reed held on to defeat Donna Tuttle. District Three, incumbent Peter Adams lost to Shelly Albright.
All incumbent candidates in Beaver Dam’s odd-numbered wards are returning having faced no opposition on the ballot. It is the same story in Juneau. In Horicon, write-in candidate Joshua Maas defeated incumbent Susan Hady 95-to-83. All other incumbents were re-elected.
In Hustisford, Laurie Kuehl defeated incumbent Michael Grant for village president by a vote of 157-to-138. In the race for village president in Brownsville, Timothy Kemmel outpaced Philip Bloohm.
In the three-way race for village trustee in Neosho, the top two candidates were Mike Weynand and Jim Villwock.
In township government, incumbent Calamus Board Chairman John Kraus Jr. withstood a challenge from Russell Schultz. Meanwhile, Carole Garczynski topped David Zillmer for Calamus Supervisor One – the late Tom Stebbins seat – while Jacob Rake got past David Stange for Supervisor Two seat.
The next Town of Beaver Dam chairperson was determined by write-in vote as no candidates were listed on Tuesday’s ballot. Township officials say Jeff Schmitt received 100 write-in votes and will be sworn-in on Tuesday, April 20th. Schmitt – who is also a Dodge County Board supervisor – was a registered write-in candidate along with Kevin Shaver who received 18 votes. Another candidate, James Mielke – who is the Dodge County Administrator – picked up 59 votes but was not a registered write-in candidate.
There was no one on the ballot for Town of Elba chair but there were three registered write-in candidates. Keteri Kirchberg secured 30 votes, six more than the other candidates – Patti Inglett and Lori Koenig – received 24 votes each.
In the Town of Ashippun, David Guckenberger withstood a challenge from Nathan Earl Austin. Randy Bruins secured a Town of Chester Supervisor seat. Greg Fredrick was elected Town of Lebanon Board Chairman over Scott Bilgren. Kurtis Haefs beat out Dean Dittberner for Town of Lomira Supervisor. Damian Schmitt bested Kayla Haack for Town of Rubicon Treasurer while Joel Gehring defeated Jeffrey Neu for Rubicon Town Board Supervisor. In the three-way race for Town of Shields Supervisor, the top vote getters were Ron Johnson and Peter McFarland.
Voters in the Hustisford School District voted down a referendum to exceed revenue limits by $300-thousand-dollars in each of the next three years to help cover operational costs. The vote was 381 in favor and 491 against.
A referendum in the Cambria-Friesland School District, seeking $5-million dollars over three years for operating expenses, was approved with 264 yes votes compared to 200 no votes.
Superintendent Tim Raymond tells DailyDodge that the “District is thankful for the continued support by our communities through another successful referendum. The challenge of sustaining and building greater educational opportunities for our students is only made possible through this support.”
There were two contested races for Cambria Friesland School Board. The winners were Steve Prochnow and Dan DeYoung.
In the contested school board race in Waupun, Jessica Standke lost by one vote to Jodi Schultz for the city of Fox Lake, towns of Fox Lake and Westford seat. The final tally before the canvassing board will be 807-to-806.
There were nine candidates seeking five spots on the Watertown school board. The top vote getters were David J. Smith, David Schroeder, Tina Johnson, Katie Najarian and Tony Arnett.
In the Fall River School District, where four candidates were competing for three open seats, the top getters were: Keith Miller, Derek Johnsrud and Nathan Fietz.
In the Randolph School District, where four candidates were vying for two seats, the top candidates were Barbara Braker and Gary DeVries.
The Herman-Neosho-Rubicon School District had two seats up with three candidates. James W. Stommel and Colten Schmitt received the most votes.
A non-binding referendum in Clyman asking voters if the township should purchase land for a new town hall failed on a vote of 89-to-92.
In the special election for State Senate District 13, the seat that was vacated by Scott Fitzgerald prior to his election to Congress in the fall, Republican John Jagler of Watertown claimed victory with just over 50-percent of the vote. Democrat Melissa Winker of Oconomowoc picked up around 44-percent of ballots cast while Trump Conservative Spencer Zimmerman logged around five-percent and Solidarity Party Candidate Ben Schmitz saw a half-percentage point.
The next leader of the state Department of Public Instruction is Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly who defeated Brown Deer Superintendent Deb Kerr in Tuesday’s spring general election. The office is officially nonpartisan, but Republicans like former Governor Scott Walker supported Kerr. Underly had the backing of Democrats including former Governor Jim Doyle. Underly succeeds Carolyn Stanford Taylor, who took the post in 2019 when former superintendent Tony Evers was elected governor, however she declined to run for a full term.