Mayoral race tops ballot on Tuesday

April 2, 2019

Dodge and Jefferson County elections are Tuesday, with Watertown voters making their way to the polls to vote for mayor and aldermen in odd-numbered districts, others to support their municipal and school board choices.

Former Watertown Mayor and Alderman Fred Smith and 1st District Alderwoman Emily McFarland are running for mayor. The position is currently held by Mayor John David, who has completed two consecutive three-year terms.

Bob Mudler is running unopposed for the city’s 1st District aldermanic seat currently held by McFarland.

Chris Ruetten and Steve Board are facing off for District 3 alderman. The position is currently held by Ken Berg.

Jill Holthaus will also run unopposed for the District 5 seat currently held by Steve Zgonc.

Judith Cornell and Eric Schmid are the candidates for the 7th District seat. Augie Tietz is currently alderman of District 7.

Incumbent Linda Kilps is running unopposed for her second term in the city’s 9th District.

Residents will also vote on seats on the Watertown Unified School District Board of Education. Incumbents Steve Kauffeld, Ron Buchanan and Paul Van Den Langenberg are unopposed in their re-election bids.

There are several important elections taking place Tuesday around Jefferson County.

The town of Ixonia finds itself with another town chairman’s race to decide, as incumbent Perry Goetsch faces challenge from Matt Taylor. Three people are also vying for two supervisor seats on the Ixonia Town Board. They are Jeff Taylor, Janet McConaughey and Peter Mark.

In Farmington, Kristi Meyer is challenging incumbent Bernice Sukow for the position of town treasurer.

Two candidates are vying for the position of clerk in the town of Lake Mills. Former clerk Robin Untz is facing newcomer Andrea McHenry for the seat. There were no candidates that filed to fill the supervisor II seat on the board.

Town of Aztalan voters will be asked to choose between newcomers Dawn Miller and Karen Mundt, who are on the ballot for the position of treasurer.

Incumbents Ted Mueller and Lloyd Zastrow will face challenges in the April election for their positions on the Concord Town Board from Erick Frommgen and Dennis Stair.

A pair of newcomers are competing for the top seat in the town of Sullivan election. Scott Buth, a former member of the School District of Jefferson Board of Education, and Jefferson County board Supervisor John Kannard cite their respective past public service experience in seeking the chairman’s post in the town. Three board supervisor seats are up for election in the town of Sullivan. Incumbents are town Chairman Norman Stoner and Supervisors Tom Bauer and Barry Boos. Stoner is not seeking a new term as town of Sullivan chairman.

Jefferson has a race for several of its aldermanic posts. Incumbents Toby Tully, Bill Brandel, Vinnie Krause and Peg Beyer are seeking four at-large seats on the Jefferson Common Council Tuesday, with newcomer Chick Neils also part of the challenge.

Two alderwomen and one former alderman are seeking the position of mayor in the city of Waterloo in Tuesday’s election. Two names will appear on the spring ballot, Angie Stinnett and Jenifer Quimby. Former city council member Dale Van Holten has filed to be a write-in candidate for the position. Van Holten had announced in early December 2018 his intention to be on the ballot but did not file his paperwork on time. Incumbent Mayor Robert Thompson had announced his plans to not seek re-election to a fourth term. He was elected in 2007 and has served three terms of four years each. He had also been appointed mayor of the city in August of 2000 and elected mayor in 2001, serving a two-year term until 2003.

Voters will have a busy Tuesday as numerous municipal elections are set for Dodge County.

Six individuals are running for seats on the Ashippun Town Board. While incumbent James Meyer is running against Chris Enders for town chairman, incumbent William Bremer is hoping to keep his town board supervisor No. 2 seat against political newcomer Tom Wasemiller. For the town board supervisor No. 4 seat, David Adkins is facing David Guckenberg.

Four people are vying for two supervisor seats in the town of Emmet. Incumbent Richard Walter is squaring off against Carrie Will, and incumbent Brent Carlson is up against David Huber.

In the town of Lebanon, Brenda Buske is facing Pam Conway, who was appointed town supervisor No. 2, completing longtime supervisor LeRoy Tietz’s position after his retirement in December 2018.

Town of Oak Grove voters will need to decide between incumbent Jeff Pitzlin and Jim Zahn who are both running for one seat on the board.

In Hustisford, four individuals are running for three village seats. They include incumbents Bob Knueppel and Joshua Prescher. The others are David A. Vinz and Raymond Budnik.

In Neosho, incumbent Mike Weynand will square off against Liz Densmore for a trustee position in the village.

Four people are trying for just two available seats on the Dodgeland School Board. While incumbent David Beal is up against Bruce Haan to represent the school district in the city of Juneau and town of Oak Grove, incumbents Andrew Oemig and Serene Seufzer are competing for a seat to represent the town and village of Lowell and town of Beaver Dam for the school district Tuesday.