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Municipal, school board races on ballot Tuesday

POSTED March 30, 2017 10:21 a.m.

Though three elective positions have only one candidate each, Tuesday’s City of Platteville ballot features the most races in several years.

Both Common Council positions are being contested, one by a write-in candidate. Five candidates are running for three seats on the Platteville School Board.

Polls will be open statewide from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters in all but District 3 will vote at the National Guard Armory, while District 3 voters will vote at the UW–Platteville Ullsvik Hall.

The Common Council at-large race to succeed Ald. Amy Seeboth-Wilson includes former District 1 Ald. Barb Stockhausen and first-time challenger Debara Browning. District 2 Ald. Eileen Nickels has a write-in challenger, Bill Cramer, who is making his first run for office.

The council candidate forum can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFwsQc9K-Fc&t=205s.  

School races: Platteville School Board incumbents Josh Grabandt and Arlene Siss are running for one of the three three-year terms along with one candidate from 2015 and 2016, Curt Timlin and 2015 candidate Matt Zielinski, along with first-time candidate Gaile Schwickrath.

The School Board forum Wednesday can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-3Fgb54vDE.

School board member Heather Connolly is not running for reelection. Bandara Gamini withdrew from the race after the filing deadline.

The race for two Potosi School Board seats includes incumbent Richard Kruser and challengers Benjamin Gavinski and Annette Kliebenstein.

Iowa–Grant School Board president Steve Christianson is opposed for his Area 7 seat — Cobb, Linden and Rewey — by Kris Spurley. School Board Montfort member Shawn Merkle is opposed by Rachel Zimmer.

Cuba City School District voters will vote on two referenda — a $6.4 million proposal for a middle school addition at Cuba City High School and remodeling at Cuba City Elementary School, and a $4.9 million proposal for a CCHS addition including a gymnasium.

Village races: Village of Tennyson incumbent trustees Joe O'Connell and Karla Tobin-Leiser and challenger Melissa Kerkenbush are running for two board seats.

Town races: Three people are running for two Town of Platteville board seats — incumbent Sup. Dan Smith and challengers Myron Tranel and Roxanne Lyght. There is one race in the Town of Lima, where Mary Ann Butson and Barbara Johnson are running for the clerk/treasurer position being vacated by Shar Rudolph. Town of Ellenboro Sups. Judy Henry and Kevin Tanner and challenger Randy Bendorf are running for two town board seats.

Town of Kendall chair Micah Bahr is opposed by Mark Rehmstedt. Sup. Jackie Steffes and challengers Joe Flogel and Wayne Byrnes are running for two Town Board seats.

Town of Belmont chair Bradley Schobert is opposed by Sup. Todd Palzkill. Incumbent Sup. Brian Buchs and challengers Calvin Wessel and Ron DeBuhr are running for two Town Board seats. 

Statewide races: The election also will feature three statewide races, but only one has more than one candidate.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers is facing retired Beloit and Whitnall school district superintendent Lowell Holtz of Palmyra for a third four-year term.

Grant County Circuit Judge Robert VanDeHey was the only candidate to file for the Branch 1 judgeship.

Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler is the only candidate to file for her 10-year term. Rock County Circuit Judge Michael Fitzpatrick of Janesville was the only candidate to file for the state District IV Court of Appeals seat being vacated by Court of Appeals Judge Paul Higginbotham.

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