Municipal, school board races take shape

Plenty of candidates; just one primary

Jan. 6, 2010

North Shore voters will have plenty of choices in the April 6 school and municipal elections, but there will be just one primary race on Feb. 16 - as three candidates are vying for one seat on the Nicolet School Board.

Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file paperwork to get on the spring ballot, which includes contested races in the Brown Deer, Shorewood and Mequon-Thiensville school boards.

Shorewood has unique status as the only community with contested races for both its village and school boards. There are four challengers for two open seats on each board.

There are also contested races for village boards in Fox Point and River Hills, and for one aldermanic district in Glendale.

Here's a rundown of who will appear on the North Shore ballots:


Incumbents Eido Walney and Michael Barth are unopposed in the Village Board race. Walney, 9440 N Fairway Drive, was appointed to the board in November 2008. Barth, 9270 N. Waverly Drive, was appointed in December 2003, and elected in April 2008. Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $1,600 per year.

Municipal Judge Charles Barr, 9474 N. Broadmoor Road, faces no challengers in his bid for another three-year term. He was first elected in 2000. The judge earns $1,600 a year.

Brown Deer

School Board: Four candidates are running for two open seats, including incumbent Gary Williams, 9028 N. Bethanne Drive, and newcomers Michael Bembenek, 8536 N. Stoneridge Court, Barry Godshaw, 6578 W. Floral Lane, and Lisa Zielinski, 9402 N. Pearlette Lane.

Members serve three-year terms with a salary of $3,100 per year. Williams was first elected in 2008. Member Dennis Murphy did not seek re-election.

Village: Village President Carl Krueger, 9326 N. Fairy Chasm Lane, is unopposed. He was elected trustee in 2002 and village president in 2007. Trustees Jeff Baker, 9083 N. Goldendale Drive, and Gary Springman, 9185 N. 60th St., also face no opposition. Baker was first elected in 2001; Springman in 2004.

Municipal Judge David Victor, 9251 N. Carlotta Lane, also has no challengers. Victor was first elected judge in 2001.

All terms are for three years. The village president earns $5,400 annually and a trustee makes $3,600. The judge post pays $8,004.

Fox Point

Two three-year terms are open on the Village Board and incumbents Eric Fonstad, 7405 N Beach Drive, and Sandy Garmer 7863 N Club Circle, will seek re-election and be challenged by Douglas H. Frazer, 6405 N Berkeley Blvd., and Craig Kaplan, 8118 N. Links Way. Fonstad was first elected in 2007; Garmer in 1998.

Trustee F. R. Dengel III, 803 E Calumet Road, who was appointed to the Village Board in August, is unopposed in the race for a two-year term.


Seats on the council in districts 4 and 6 will be uncontested, while 2nd District Alderman Brian Rice faces a challenger.

Rice, 5850 N. Witte Lane, who was appointed in August 2009, will face challenger Daniel Sweeney, 6521 N. Sunny Point Lane.

Incumbent Richard Wiese, 7505 N. Berwyn Ave, appointed to the 4th District seat in September 2007, and elected for a two-year term, will also seek re-election. Incumbent JoAnn Shaw, 5792 N. Argyle Ave., was first elected in 2006 to represent the 6th District.

Municipal Judge Christopher Lipscomb, 2340 W. Wingate Ave., is the only candidate for that office. He was first elected in 1998.

Aldermen serve two-year terms and earn $2,700 per year. The judge serves a three-year term and earns $14,004 annually.


School Board: Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Mequon-Thiensville School Board. Incumbents Robert Perry, 8033 W. Bonniwell Road, Mequon, and Mary Cyrier, 10702 N. Fairway Circle, Mequon, will face challenger Lisa Steinman, 10407 N. Larkspur Court, Mequon

School Board members serve three years and are not paid.

City: Former alderman Curt Gielow is unopposed in his bid to replace Mayor Christine Nuernberg, who is not seeking re-election. Gielow was alderman in the 6th District from 2000 to 2003, and served in the state Legislature from 2003 to 2007. The mayor earns $9,888 a year and serves for three years.

Aldermen Dan Abendroth, 12960 NW Shoreland Drive, and John Wirth, 9531 W. Donges Bay Road, are unopposed for re-election to their council seats in the 1st and 4th districts respectively. Abendroth was first elected in 1986; Wirth in 2001.Aldermen serve three-year terms and earn $4,800 a year.

River Hills

Four candidates will seek two open seats on the Village Board. Incumbents Steve Anderson, 925 W. Dean Road, and R. David Fritz Jr., 3395 W. County Line Road, will be joined on the ballot by Victor Harding, 7730 N River Road, and Katharine H. Stanford, 825 W Dean Road. Trustees serve three-year terms and are not paid.


School Board: Incumbent John Carlton, 3824 N. Murray Ave., and three newcomers are seeking two open seats on the board. Also running are Colin Plese, 2113 E. Lake Bluff Blvd., Rob Reinhoffer, 4432 N. Wildwood Ave., and Linda Jacobi, 1907 E. Lake Bluff Blvd. Board members earn $1,000 per year, with the president earning $1,300 annually.

Village: Four candidates are seeking two open seats on the Village Board. Incumbent Ellen Eckman, 2500 E. Beverly Road, will face newcomers Donald Ford, 4300 N. Lake Drive, Patrick Linnane, 1511 E. Beverly Road, and Timothy Wick, 2305 E. Lake Bluff.

Eckman was first elected in 2001. Trustee Sean Cummings is not seeking re-election. Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $1,000 per year.


Incumbents John Treffert, 184 Riveredge Court, and Van Mobley, 409 Heidel Road, are unopposed for two seats on the Village Board. Treffert was first elected in 1994; Mobley in 2006. Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $1,800 per year.

Nicolet area school districts

Nicolet: One seat is up for election and with three candidates, a primary election will be held Feb. 16 to narrow the field to two.

Joseph Kasle, 8610 N. Point Drive, Fox Point, president of the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board, is vying for the seat. Also running is Ellen Redeker, 6601 N. Alberta Court, Glendale, former president of the Glendale-River Hills School District Foundation. Rounding out the trio of candidates is Bruce Brocker, 2151 W. Bernard Lane, Glendale.

Incumbent Mark Majeski is not seeking re-election. School Board terms are for three years and members earn $1,000 per year.

Fox Point-Bayside: Incumbent Michael Weiss, 305 E. Acacia Road, Fox Point, and Eliz Greene, 514 E. Community Place, Fox Point, are unopposed for two seats on the board. Members serve three-year terms and do not receive compensation.

Glendale-River Hills: Incumbents Bob Roska, 7244 N. Seneca Ave., Glendale, and Jean Pereles-Strouse, 7237 N. Wayside Drive, Glendale, are unopposed in their re-election bids. Terms are three years and members are paid $540 per year. The president, who is elected by the board, receives $600 per year.

Maple Dale-Indian Hill: James LeTart, 621 W. Fairy Chasm Road, Bayside, is running unopposed for the lone open seat on the board. Joe Kasle decided not to seek re-election. The term is three years, and members are not paid.

Whitefish Bay

School Board: Incumbent Cheryl L. Maranto, 4860 N. Newhall St., and newcomer Michael Mosner, 4849 N. Ardmore Ave. are unopposed for two spots on the board. Longtime board member and former board President Pam Woodard is not seeking re-election. Members serve three-year terms and receive $1,200 annually.

Village: Incumbents James D. Roemer, 4611 N. Woodburn St., and Jay W. Miller, 4820 N. Oakland Ave., are unopposed in their re-election bids to the Village Board. Roemer was first elected in 2007; Miller in 2009. Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $600 per year.

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