11th hour additions to city council, school board ballots
Two eleventh-hour additions to the Sparta City Council and Sparta School Board ballots promise to make the April election a little more competitive.
Robert Smith Jr. threw his hat into Sparta’s District 1 race, where he’ll challenge incumbent Jim Church, and Nancy Sikorsky of Sparta is mounting a run for the school board.
With the addition of Smith to the ballot, there will be three contested seats on the city council. Three candidates, incumbent Ron Button and challengers Ted Radde and Bruce Humphrey, are vying for mayor. That group will be pared to two in a primary set for February 16.
The other contested seat on the council is for District 3, where incumbent Carlos Holcomb is facing a challenge from Mary Von Ruden. This will be a rematch of their tight 2014 race, which resulted in a recount.
The other two open seats on the council are uncontested with District 5 incumbent Alli Karrels and District 7 incumbent Josh Lydon both on the ballot.
With Sikorsky joining the school board race, there will be six candidates vying for four open seats. The other challenger is Mary Treu, who will face off against incumbents James Rasmussen, Karen Wall, Bambi Schmitz and Susan Bickford.
Two seats, those occupied by Rasmussen and Wall, are coming open for two-year terms, and will be filled by the top two vote getters. The other two open seats, which are due to the resignations of Ryan Tichenor and Todd Mandel, are for one-year terms and will go to the next two candidates with the most votes.
The Monroe County Board now has candidates for all 16 supervisory districts, but with the withdrawal of Gary Flock from the District 14 race, where he faced incumbent Sharon Folcey, that leaves only four seats contested.
They are Mary Cook and Craig Buswell in District 16, Dean Peterson and James Rice, in District 13, Teddy Duckworth and Mary Von Ruden in District 7, and Cedric Schnitzler and Gene Treu in District 4.
The remaining candidates include: Carol Las, District 1; David Pierce, District 2; Nodji VanWychen, District 3; Wallace Habhegger, District 5; Daniel Olson, District 6; Mark Halverson, District 8; Douglas Path, District 9; Rod Sherwood, District 10; Paul Steele, District 11; Pete Peterson, District 12; and James Schroeder, District 15.
For a detailed map of supervisory districts visit the Monroe County website at www.co.monroe.wi.us and click on elections and then Monroe County Board district maps.