Two people will run for one of three Kewaunee County Board seats where incumbents withdrew from the race late; only one candidate came forward for another seat; and write-ins will again determine who represents a Luxemburg area district.
County Board Chairman Robert Weidner and Supervisors Kent Treml and Charles Schmitt all filed Notices of Non-candidacy during the first week of January, well past the Dec. 27 deadline. The tardy filings extended the deadline for candidate filings until 5 p.m. Friday (Jan. 10) in Districts 4, 5 and 7.
Only in Schmitt’s District 7 did more than one candidate emerge. Lisa Cochart had already filed to run for the position, which represents the village of Casco and Ward 2 of the town of Casco. Timothy J. Kinnard filed his papers on Friday and will now appear opposite Cochart on the April 7 ballot.
In Weidner’s 4th Supervisory District, representing Ward 2 of the town of Luxemburg and Ward 3 of the town of Red River, Doak Baker is the only one to submit all election papers and he will be unopposed in April.
Treml earned the District 5 seat (Wards 4 and 5 in the village of Luxemburg) by way of six write-in votes in 2018 after no one submitted papers. That scenario will again play out this year: The person with the most write-ins will be offered the position, and if that person declines the County Board will appoint a supervisor.
With the deadlines passed, the April 7 ballot is now set. Races will be held in four districts in addition to the Kinnard-Linda Cochart contest:
District 6 (Village of Luxemburg, Wards 1 & 2) – Daniel Olson (I) and Donna M. Thomas
District 8 (Town of Luxemburg, Ward 3; Village of Luxemburg, Ward 3; Town of Montpelier, Ward 3) – Douglas Doell (I) and Frank Madzarevic
District 10 (Town of Franklin) – Tom Cretney (I) and John Wochos
District 12 (Town of West Kewaunee, Ward 1) – Mary E. Dobbins (I) and Milt Swagel
In addition to Baker, three other candidates will have no ballot opponents to succeed incumbents: Cory Cochart will be succeeded by Nicholas Guilette (District 2, town of Lincoln), Jeffrey L. Vollenweider will take the seat now held by Lee Luft (District 18, City of Kewaunee Ward 1 and town of Pierce Ward 1), and Kaye Shillin’s position (District 20, City of Kewaunee Wards 3-4) will be taken by Joanne M. Lazansky.
The rest of the incumbents are running unopposed: Aaron Augustian, Virginia Haske, Scott Jahnke, Kim Kroll, Joseph Lukes, John Mastalir, Gerald Paape, Thomas Romdenne, Linda Teske, and Chuck Wagner.