By DAVID KRIER
The makeup of the Boscobel School Board continued its change Tuesday with the defeat of another incumbent. Challenger Roger Knoble defeated incumbent board president Randy Moret, 407 to 304. The majority of the difference came in the city of Boscobel, which voted 195 to 127 for Knoble, with area townships making up the remainder of the tally.
In the April 2012 election, incumbents Troy Brechler and Charles Clarke were defeated by challengers Tom Pelz and Chuck Owens, respectively. The board is now comprised of Knoble, Owens, Pelz, Ron Johnsrud, Todd Miller and Hershel Marks, who was re-elected Tuesday without opposition. There is also one open seat following the resignation of Clark Jillson.
With District Administrator Dr. Steven Smith retiring at the end of the school year, the district appears poised for major changes in the future.
The four members of the Boscobel Common Council up for re-election were all unopposed and will remain in their positions. They include: Gary Kjos, First Ward; Peter Huibregtse, Second Ward; Brenda Kalish, Third Ward; and Nancy Sanger, Fourth Ward.
Tuesday’s election was 330 Boscobel voters turn out to cast their ballots, which is 13 percent of eligible voters.
Boscobel followed the rest of the state in re-electing Tony Evers as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In Boscobel the vote was 215 for Evers and 89 for challenger Don Pridemore.
In the race for Supreme Court Justice, Boscobel favored challenger Ed Fallone over sitting Justice Pat Roggensack, 165 to 143. However, that wasn’t the case in the rest of Wisconsin, where Roggensack received 57 percent of the vote, compared to 43 percent for Fallone. Roggensack will now return to the bench for a second, 10-year term.
Blue River tie
In Blue River, incumbent Village President Rodney Johnson was unopposed and re-elected with 74 votes. In the race for village trustees, the outcome was not as certain. Two newcomers were elected to the board, Eric Bearce with 70 votes and Laura Kaschub with 56 votes. However, when all the votes were counted, incumbent trustees Mary Hudson and Ron Havlik were tied with 54 votes each. Results of the tiebreaker were not known as of press time Wednesday.
Among area township races, Marion was the only one with contested races. Chairman Robert Frey, Jr. and Supervisors Casey Fritz and Derek Zimpel were elected without opposition. Judi Boughton defeated Laurie King for town clerk, 64 to 43. For town treasurer, Lori Latham defeated Chrystal Peer, 73 to 31.