Wisconsin voters will make their choices Tuesday, April 5, for candidates to represent their parties in the U.S. Presidential election in November. Along with the presidential primary, local races will be decided on the April 5 ballot.
Merrill School Board
There are three seats up for election on the Merrill Area Public Schools Board of Education. The board will remain intact as incumbents Linda Yingling, John Shull and Norbert “Nubs” Ashbeck run unopposed for another three-year term.
Lincoln County Board
The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors will have several new faces as many long-standing supervisors are not seeking re-election.
Topping the list is chairman and 14th District Supervisor Bob Lussow. Brian Haffeman has stepped in to replace Lussow unopposed.
R. Wayne Plant has also filed non-candidacy in the 8th District, along with Curt Powell in the 18th district, James Alber in the 13th district, Jeff Hetfeld in the 4th District and Ryan Schwartzman in the 3rd District.
While there will be no names on the ballot for the 13th District, Kirby Crosby has registered as a write-in candidate. In District 8, there are no candidates on the ballot and no write-in candidates have come forward. In District 4, Corey Nowak has been appointed to fill that seat following Hetfeld’s resignation and is running unopposed for election.
Patricia Voermans and Terry Wiese will vie for Powell’s 18th District seat. Following a three-way primary in February, Ray Bloomer and Tyler Mueller are facing off in the District 3.
Bill Bialecki, who was appointed following the death of incumbent Dan “Hank” Caylor, stands unopposed in District 1. Incumbent Bob Weaver is unopposed on the ballot in District 2.
Garth Swanson is running unopposed for another two-year term in the 5th District, along with Patsy Woller in the 6th, Greta Rusch (7th), Bill Zeitz (9th), Loretta Baughan (10th), Hans Breitenmoser (11th) and Paul Gilk (12th).
Bob Lee (15th) and Mike Loka (16th District) stand unopposed as well, while Don Nelson is challenging Kevin Koth in the 17th district.
Julie Allen (19th), Carl Vander Sanden (20th), Kortney Pike (21st) and Bob Reichelt (22nd) are also running unopposed for another two-year term.
Merrill Common Council
On the Merrill Common Council, District 1 incumbent Chris Malm will not seek re-election. Paul Russell has stepped in to run unopposed for that seat on the council.
In the 2nd District, incumbent Pete Lokemoen is being challenged by Amanda Kostman while incumbents Ryan Schwartzman and Kandy Peterson stand unopposed in the 3rd and 4th districts, respectively.
Current council president John Burgener faces a challenge from John Kaufman in District 5.
Incumbent Dave Sukow is not running in the 6th District and looks to be replaced by Mary Ball, who is unopposed on the ballot. Incumbent Tim Meehean stands unopposed for another two-year term in the 8th District while Ray Bloomer is challenging incumbent Rob Norton for the 7th District seat.
City of Tomahawk
Tomahawk will have a new mayor after next Tuesday’s vote. Incumbent Clarann Stocker was eliminated from the race in a four-way February primary. Steven Taskay and Don Nelson advanced from the primary to face off in the general election.
State Supreme Court
The ballot will also feature the race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, with appointed incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley and appeals court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg vying for that seat on the bench.