Mequon, Whitefish Bay to hold primaries

February primaries will decide the candidate fields for Whitefish Bay and Mequon elections after five candidates declared for two seats on the Whitefish Bay Village Board and three candidates declared for Mequon's 4th District alderman seat.

The primary is Feb. 19 and the general election is April 2.

In two top-spot contests, Mequon residents will decide between two mayoral candidates and Brown Deer Village President Carl Krueger seeks re-election unopposed.

Below is a list of the local government and school board seats up for grabs in the April election and the candidates who submitted the necessary paperwork before the Jan. 2 deadline.


Municipal: Incumbent village trustees Eido Walny, 9440 N. Fairway Drive, and Michael Barth, 9270 N. Waverly Drive, are both seeking re-election for the two open seats on the Village Board. Walny has been on the board since 2008. Barth was elected in 2003. They are challenged by former Nicolet School Board member Kelly Herda, 8905 N. Iroquois Road, and newcomer Tom Noble, 728 E. Fairy Chasm Road.

Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $1,200 annually.

Brown Deer

Municipal: Incumbent Village President Carl Krueger, 9326 N. Fairy Chasm Lane, will run unopposed for his seat. Incumbents Jeff Baker, 9083 N. Goldendale Drive, and Gary Springman, 9185 N. 60th St., will run against newcomer Otto Bunge, 8056 N. 54th St., for two seats. Trustees serve three-year terms and are paid $3,600 annually. The village president serves a three-year term and earns $5,400 per year.

School Board: Incumbent board members Barry Godshaw, 6578 W. Floral Lane, and Lisa Zielinski, 9402 N. Pearlette Lane, seek re-election against former School Board member Leslie Galloway Sherard, 4598 W. Terry Ave., and newcomer William Weisgerber, 6150 W. Floral Lane. Board members serve three-year terms and are paid $3,100 annually.

Fox Point

Municipal: Incumbents Douglas H. Frazer, 6405 N. Berkeley Blvd., and Eric Fonstad, 7405 N. Beach Drive, are both running for re-election. They are challenged by newcomer Terry McGauran, 308 E. Willow Road. Frazer is completing his first term. Fonstad has served as trustee for six years.

The top two vote-getters are elected. Trustees serve three-year, unpaid terms.


Municipal: Incumbent Aldermen Izzy Goldberg (5th), 2225 W. Brantwood Ave., and Robert Whitaker (1st), 5350 N. Navajo Ave., both seek re-election for their posts and are unopposed.

Newcomer John Gelhard is running for the 3rd District alderman position currently held by Elliott Moeser, who decided not to run for re-election. Gelhard, 734 W. Apple Tree Road, is unopposed.

Aldermen serve three-year terms and earn $2,700 annually.


Municipal: District 1 Alderman Dan Abendroth is challenging Mayor Curt Gielow for the mayoral seat. Abendroth, 12960 NW Shoreland Drive, was first elected in 1986. Gielow, 3412 W. Club View Court, was elected as mayor in 2010. The mayor receives $9,600 and serves a three-year term.

There will be a primary for the 4th District alderman's seat. Three newcomers, Jeff Hansher, 9948 N. Concord Drive, John Leszczynski, 10147 Hunt Club Circle, and Cherry Lange, are vying for the Common Council position. Two will move on to the April 2 election. No candidate information about Lange was provided to NOW. Alderman John Wirth (4th District) is not seeking re-election.

Abendroth is challenged for his 1st District seat by newcomer Robert J. Strzelczyk, 13775 N Bonniwell Court. Aldermen serve three-year terms and earn $4,800 a year.

School Board: One incumbent and two newcomers are vying for two spots on the Mequon-Thiensville School Board.

Newcomers Alex Leykin, 1580 W. Hidden River Drive, and Kathryn Houpt, 13910 Green Bay Road, are running against incumbent Mary Cyrier, 10702 N. Fairway Circle. All live in Mequon. Incumbent Robert Perry declared noncandidacy. The top two vote-getters will be elected. Board members serve three-year terms and are not paid.

Nicolet-area school districts

Nicolet School District: Incumbent Ellen Redeker runs unopposed for her second term on the board. Members serve three-year terms and are paid $1,000 annually.

Fox Point-Bayside School District: After incumbent President Michael Weiss and member Eliz Greene filed noncandidacy, four newcomers threw their hats into the ring. Michael Weidner, 8485 N. Fielding Road, Bayside; David Smulyan, 9073 N. Bayside Drive, Bayside; Thomas Hayssen, 1111 E. Bywater Lane, Fox Point; and Elizabeth Wick, 8909 N. Pelham Parkway, Bayside, are running for the two seats. Terms are three years and are unpaid.

Glendale-River Hills: Incumbent School Board President Robert Roska, 7244 N. Seneca Ave., Glendale, and incumbent Jean Pereles-Strouse, 7237 N. Wayside Drive, Glendale, are both running unopposed for re-election. Board members serve three-year terms. The board president earns $600 annually and all other members earn $540.

Maple Dale-Indian Hill: Incumbent board member Jim LeTart filed noncandidacy, leaving the path open for newcomer Christopher Soyke, 9250 N. Spruce Road, River Hills, to run unopposed. Board members serve three-year terms and are not paid.

North Shore Municipal Court

Current Glendale Municipal Court Judge Christopher Lipscomb runs unopposed for North Shore Municipal Court Judge, a position created by the recent consolidation of the Glendale and Brown Deer municipal courts. Brown Deer Municipal Court Judge David Victor filed for noncandidacy.

Officials expect each municipality to contribute its current judge's salary toward the new position, $8,000 annually from Brown Deer and $14,000 annually from Glendale throughout the three-year term.

River Hills

Municipal: Incumbents R. David Fritz, 3395 W. County Line Road, and J. Stephen Anderson, 925 W. Dean Road, are running unopposed for re-election. Trustees serve three-year terms and are unpaid.


Municipal: Longtime trustee Ellen Eckman filed for noncandidacy, leaving incumbent Patrick Linnane, 1511 E. Beverly Road, to run against former School Board President Paul Zovic, 2504 E. Newton Ave., and newcomer Tammy Bockhorst, 1617 E. Lake Bluff Blvd. Trustees serve three-year terms and make $1,000 annually.

School Board: Incumbent President Rob Reinhoffer, 4432 N. Wildwood Ave., and member Colin Plese, will run against newcomers Paru Shah, 4259 N. Larkin St., and Gregg Davis, 901 E. Lake Bluff Blvd. Shah was recently appointed to fill Michael Mishlove's vacated seat on the School Board until the election. The top two vote-getters will win Reinhooffer's and Plese's seats; the third-place candidate will fill out the remainder of Mishlove's term through April 2014. Members serve three-year terms and earn $1,000 annually; School Board president earns $1,200.

Whitefish Bay

Municipal: Whitefish Bay will hold a primary Feb. 19 after incumbent Jay Miller, 4820 N. Oakland Ave., and newcomers Kenneth Wysocky, 5437 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Robert Crawford, Carl Fuda, Kevin McMahon all declared for two available seats. Current Trustee Jim Roemer filed noncandidacy. No candidate information was provided to NOW on Crawford, Fuda and McMahon. Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $600 annually.

School Board: Incumbent Cheryl Moranto, 4860 N. Newhall St., and newcomer Kristin Yunker run unopposed for two seats on the School Board. Current board member Michael Mosner will not seek re-election. Board members serve three-year terms and earn $1,250 per year.


Municipal: Two trustee seats, held by John Treffert, 184 Riveredge Court, and David Lange, 428 Alta Loma Drive, are on the ballot. They are unopposed. Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $1,800 per year.

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