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Election filings bring five races so far

PIERCE COUNTY -- The deadline for filing candidacy papers to appear on the Tuesday, April 4 ballot passed at 5 p.m. Jan. 3, with five races developing so far in Pierce County.

Filings indicate contests will take place in the villages of Elmwood and Ellsworth, the city of River Falls, the town of Trenton and in Plum City School District.

Six candidates are seeking election to three open trustee seats on the Elmwood Village Board: incumbents Michael Hess, Richard Jones and Dolores Radtke, as well as Sondra MacDonald, Mandy Pfingsten and Paul D. Unser. Incumbent William Stewart is running unopposed for village president.

In Ellsworth, three incumbents (Neil Gulbranson, Kenny Manfred and Curtis Wandmacher) are running for three trustee seats, along with newcomer Cody D. Jones.

A race has developed for the District 1 alderperson seat on the River Falls City Council after incumbent David Cronk filed noncandidacy papers. Those include Eric Amundsen, Sean Downing, William Stuessel and Kevin Swanson. Incumbent Diane Odeen is also facing challenger Aaron Taylor for an alderperson at large opening.

In the town of Trenton, incumbent Brian Berg will face Daniel Meixner for town board chair.

Plum City School Board has two seats open, with incumbents Kurt Henn and Jeff Heit, along with Duane King filing candidacy papers.

In Prescott, incumbent Robert Daugherty chose not to seek re-election as alderperson at large on the Prescott Common Council. No one filed papers for that seat, said City Administrator Jayne Brand.

“We’ll see if anyone files as a write-in candidate,” Brand said. “If no write-in candidate then the person who gets the most votes at the election wins. If they don’t want to serve, the mayor will make a one-year appointment confirmed by the council.”

If a primary is necessary, it will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Below are listed the names of candidates appearing on ballots who are eligible for election this spring (*denotes incumbent):

TOWN OF CLIFTON: Caucus was held Jan. 3. Chair LeRoy Peterson*; John Rohl* and Joe Rohl*, two supervisor seats; Judy Clement-Lee*, clerk/treasurer.

ELLSWORTH SCHOOL BOARD, Gary Brown, Kurt Buckner*, Jeff Stockwell*, three board seats (Rick Kornmann*, board president, departing).

ELLSWORTHVILLAGE BOARD, Gerald L. DeWolfe*, village president; Neil Gulbranson*, Cody D. Jones, Kenny Manfred* and Curtis Wandmacher*, three trustee seats.

ELMWOOD SCHOOL BOARD, Brooke Glaus* and Bernard Christman*, two board seats

ELMWOOD VILLAGE BOARD, William Stewart*, village president; Michael Hess*, Richard Jones*, Sondra MacDonald, Mandy Pfingsten, Dolores Radtke* and Paul D. Unser, three trustee seats.

PLUM CITY SCHOOL BOARD, Kurt Henn*, Jeff Heit* and Duane King, two seats.

PLUM CITYVILLAGE BOARD, Roland Eccles*, Leonard Dodson*, two trustee seats; Douglas Watkins*, village president.

PRESCOTTCOMMON COUNCIL, Galen Seipel*, alderperson Wards 3 & 4; no one turned in papers for the alderperson at large position, Robert Daugherty* departing.

PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD, Steve Sizemore*, one seat.

RIVER FALLS CITY COUNCIL, Eric Amundsen, Sean Downing, William Stuessel and Kevin Swanson, District 1 alderperson (David Cronk* departing); Christopher Gagne* and Michael Kranz, District 2 alderperson; Hal Watson*, District 3 alderperson; Diane Odeen* and Aaron Taylor, alderperson at large.

RIVER FALLS SCHOOL BOARD, Ramona Gunter* and Stacy Johnson-Myers*, two board seats.

SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD, Bobbie Jaeger, Andrew Johansen* and Matthew Schreiber*, three board seats. Mary Huepfel* departing.

SPRING VALLEY VILLAGE BOARD, Marsha Brunkhorst*, village president; Andy Vorlicek*, Mary Ducklow* and Dominic Falde*, three trustee seats.

TOWN OF TRENTON, Brian Berg* and Daniel Meixner, town board chair; Rick Bunce*, first supervisor; Dennis Anderson*, second supervisor; Steve Thoms*, clerk; Jamie Halverson, treasurer (Kathy Fuchs* did not file a notice of noncandidacy, so the filing deadline was extended 72 hours as required by state law).

TOWN OF UNION, caucus held Jan. 9. Chair William Bechel*; supervisors James Weiss* and Arthur Ritchie*' clerk Barbara Schneider; treasurer Angie Fisher.

Upcoming caucuses

VILLAGE OF BAY CITY, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11,  Jerry Enevold* and Davis Niebling*, two trustee seats.

TOWN OF DIAMOND BLUFF, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12

TOWN OF EL PASO, 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21

TOWN OF ELLSWORTH, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9

TOWN OF GILMAN, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18

TOWN OF HARTLAND, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10 (after Herald press deadline)

TOWN OF ISABELLE, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16

TOWN OF MAIDEN ROCK, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11

VILLAGE OF MAIDEN ROCK, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 (after Herald press deadline)

TOWN OF MARTELL, 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10 (after Herald press deadline)

TOWN OF OAK GROVE, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. Sarah Palodichuk*, town board chair (filed noncandidacy papers); Gary Huppert*, town board supervisor I; Jerry Kosin*, town board supervisor II; Dan Reis*, town clerk (filed noncandidacy papers); Jeremy Boles*, treasurer.

TOWN OF RIVER FALLS, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16.

TOWN OF ROCK ELM, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.

TOWN OF SALEM, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 (after Herald press deadline)

TOWN OF TRIMBELLE, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 (after Herald press deadline)

Sarah Young

Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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