The alderman who spearheaded the drive to bring the World’s Tallest Grandfather Clock to its present location in downtown Kewaunee will likely be the city’s next mayor.
Jason Jelinek is the only candidate to submit nomination papers by the Tuesday (Jan. 7) deadline. He currently serves on the City Council from the 1st Aldermanic District.
The 35-foot, 10-inch-tall grandfather clock was built in 1976 by Svoboda Industries in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial and was moved to the former Top of the Hill Shop, purchased by Kewaunee County as a storage and training facility for the Sheriff’s Department. Jelinek was a member of the group that raised money to move the clock to the Ahnapee State Trailhead at the corner of state Highway 42 and Harrison Street.
Incumbent Mayor Sandi Christman decided not to run for a third two-year term. Former mayor John Blaha reportedly took out papers, but Jelinek’s was the only name on the list of candidates who submitted completed papers and qualified to be on the ballot.
Four City Council candidates will also be unopposed on the ballot, including incumbents Janita Zimmerman (District 3) and Dan Stangel (District 4). Jeffrey Vollenweider is running for the District 1 seat now held by Jelinek, and James Brewster is running in District 2, where Jamie Jackson chose not to run for re-election.
Vollenweider is also running unopposed for the Kewaunee County Board seat being vacated by Supervisor Lee Luft’s decision not to run for another term.