New members elected to Pierce County Board
The Pierce County Board will have five new members following the April 6 election.
In District 8, Tom Sitz out-polled Katie Pata 277-204 to win the seat formerly held by John Kucinski, who was defeated in the primary election. District 8 includes Wards 1 and 2 of the town of River Falls and Ward 2 of the town of Martell.
There was no candidate on the ballot for the District 7 seat formerly held by Ron Lockwood. But write-in candidate Rod Rommel earned 19 votes to Peter Dahm's five write-in votes. District 7 includes Wards 6 and 7 of the city of River Falls.
In District 2, LeRoy Peterson received 339 votes to the 177 earned by Evan Varga, who had announced recently that he has taken an out-of-state job and would no longer be a candidate. Incumbent Jim Camery didn't seek re-election in District 2, which includes Wards 1 and 2 of the town of Clifton and Ward 3 of the city of Prescott.
In District 3, Jon Aubart, the only candidate on the ballot, received 477 votes. Incumbent Rich Purdy, who has represented that district since 2004, did not run. District 3 includes Wards 3 and 5 of the city of River Falls and Ward 3 of the town of River Falls.
In District 6, Cullen Peterson, a newcomer and the only candidate on the ballot, received 59 votes. Incumbent Nikki Shonoiki, who served one term on the board, did not seek re-election. District 6 includes Wards 9 and 10 of the city of River Falls.
On the west side of the county, two incumbents defeated challengers.
Jeff Holst defeated Mike Miller 320-192 in District 16, which includes the town of Diamond Bluff and Wards 1 and 2 of the town of Trenton.
In District 15, Jerry Kosin defeated challenger Michael Jones, 406-132. District 15 includes Ward 1 of the town of Oak Grove and Ward 4 of the city of Prescott.
Other incumbents re-elected to the board are: District 1, Chip Simones; District 4, Ben Plunkett; District 5, Paul Barkla; District 9, Ken Snow; District 10, James Ross; District 11, Don Rohl; District 12, Greg Place; District 13, Dan Reis; District 14, L. Ron Bartels; and District 17, Mel Pittman.