De Pere alderman running unopposed for mayor
By Press Times Staff
DE PERE – A city alderman wants to be De Pere’s next mayor with Mike Walsh not seeking re-election this spring after 24 years in office.
James Boyd, who is not seeking another two-year term in Aldermanic District 1, has filed nomination papers for mayor.
Boyd’s name will be the only one on the mayoral ballot April 7 with no one else filing papers by the Tuesday, Jan. 7, deadline.
Four candidates have filed papers to replace Boyd in District 1 (Wards 1-5). They include Ted Keneklis, Randy Soquet, Shana Defnet Ledvina and Joshua Errer.
A primary will be held Feb. 18 to narrow the field of four candidates to two for the April general election.
Two of the other three city council seats up for election this spring also won’t have the incumbent seeking re-election.
In District 2 (Wards 6-9 and 18), Ryan Jennings filed a declaration of non-candidacy.
Three candidates have filed papers to run for that seat, which will also require a primary to narrow the field to two. Kelly Ruh, Carol Spice and Matt Gruetzmacher will be on the primary ballot.
Scott Crevier isn’t seeking another term in District 3 (Wards 10-12 and 16-17).
Only Mike Eserkaln filed papers to run for Crevier’s seat.
In District 4 (Wards 13-15), Dan Carpenter is seeking another two-year term with no challengers on the ballot.
In De Pere, four of the eight aldermanic seats are up for election each year for two-year terms with the mayoral race occurring every two years in the spring on even-numbered years.