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Spring 2021 election guide

By Press Times Staff

Local municipal elections feature contested races

A number of contested local municipal races are on the Tuesday, April 6, spring general election ballot.

In the City of De Pere, four of the eight aldermanic seats are up for new two-year terms with two being contested.

In District 1, Nathan Cummings is seeking to unseat Amy Chandik Kundinger, who is in her first term in office.

In District 2, two-term Alderman Jonathon Hansen is being challenged by Susan Netzel.

Hansen is in his second race for office within six months, after making an unsuccessful bid last November for the 30th State Senate seat.

In District 4, Casey Nelson, a two-term alderman, is not seeking re-election. John Quigley is the only one on the ballot running for the open seat.

In District 3, Dean Raasch, who was first appointed to the city council in June 2014, is unopposed for re-election.


There is a contested race for the three-year term for village president in Bellevue with the incumbent, Steve Soukup, being challenged by Jackie Krull.

The two-year terms of two of Bellevue’s four at-large trustees – Dave Kaster and Adam Gauthier – also are up for election this spring with both incumbents running unopposed.


A rematch of last year’s race for municipal judge is on the ballot in the Village of Howard.

Village Trustee Cathy Frey Hughes lost last spring’s general election by 35 votes (2,155-2,190) to Brian Stevens for a one-year term as municipal judge, and the two are running again for a full four-year term.

Stevens was first appointed as municipal judge by the village board, effective Nov. 1, 2019, to replace Gregg Schreiber, who resigned after about 20 years in office because of moving out the village.

Frey Hughes and Stevens both applied for the appointment along with attorney Quinn Jolly.

Four of the Howard’s eight trustee seats are up for election this spring to new two-year terms.

The four incumbents running without opposition include Maria Lasecki (Wards 1-2), Chris Nielsen (Wards 3-4), Adam Lemorande (Wards 13-14 and 18) and Craig McAllister (Wards 15-17).


Three of the six trustee seats on the Ashwaubenon village board are up for new three-year terms with three incumbents having been appointed by the board last year to fill unexpired terms which end this April.

Mark Williams, who represented Wards 7-8 before moving out of the district last year, is running in Wards 11-12 against the appointed incumbent, Tracy Flucke.

Williams and Flucke were two of four applicants who sought the appointment in Wards 11-12 last year when Michael Malcheski resigned because of moving out of the area.

The incumbents appointed last year to the two other Ashwaubenon trustee seats up for election are unopposed with Jay Krueger in Wards 7-8 and Steve Kubacki in Wards 9-10.


Three at-large trustee seats are up for election to new three-year terms in the Village of Allouez with incumbents Rob Atwood and Lynn Green running again and Sarah Deutsch also seeking a board seat.

Penny Dart decided not to seek re-election.

Allouez’s municipal judge, Bob Dennis, is seeking a new four-year term running unopposed.


The at-large seats of two of the six Suamico trustees are up for new three-year terms with incumbents Michelle Eckert and Dan Roddan being challenged by Nick Bonafilia.


Two of the four at-large trustee seats in Hobart are up for new two-year terms with incumbents Dave Dillenburg and Tim Carpenter facing no opposition.

Contested races for local school boards

Contested races will be on the ballot Tuesday, April 6, for a number of local school boards.

The race for two at-large seats up for election to new three-year terms in the Unified School District of De Pere includes four candidates.

Incumbents Jeff Mirkes and Dan Van Straten are being challenged by Angela Hoisington and Chad Jeskewitz.


The field of four candidates in Howard-Suamico seeking two at-large seats up for election for three-year terms includes incumbents Vanessa Moran and Jeff Eilers and challengers Travis Veraghen and Greg Klimek.

Green Bay

Two at-large seats up for election for three-year terms on the Green Bay school board are also being contested with four candidates.

Incumbents Andrew Becker and Rhonda Sitnitkau are being challenged by Nancy Welch and Bryan Milz.


Only one of the five at-large elected school board seats in Ashwaubenon is the ballot for a new three-year term.

Board President Jay Van Laanen is being challenged by Heidi Murphy.

West De Pere

The West De Pere school board has an open seat up for election with Tom Van De Hei not seeking a new three-year term.

Jamie Kinjerski and Ryan Van Den Heuvel are the two candidates seeking to replace Van De Hei.


The Pulaski Community School District has two contested board races for three-year terms.

For the open at-large seat, Dan Nowak is running against Megan Mills-Koehler to replace Dawn Clark.

For the seat in Zone 2, which includes the towns of Chase, Little Suamico and Morgan, board Vice President Jeromy Delebreau is being challenged by Jaclyn Fradette.


On the Seymour school board in Zone 3, which includes the towns of Cicero, Maine and Lessor and the Village of Nichols, Jenny McCollian and Beth Schmalz are running for an open seat for a three-year term.

Board Vice President Laurie Bowers is not seeking re-election.

Voters to fill 89th Assembly District seat

The spring general election Tuesday, April 6, is taking place the same day a special election is being held in the 89th Assembly District, which includes the Village of Suamico and part of the Village of Howard along with portions of Oconto and Marinette counties.

Prior to the current two-year term beginning in early January, 14-year Republican State Rep. John Nygren announced his resignation in early December and became the executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans.

The now-vacant Assembly seat will have a new representative finish out the remainder of the term upon the special election winner taking office.

The two candidates include Republican Elijah Behnke, who lives near Oconto in Pensaukee and owns and operates a residential cleaning business, and Democrat Karl Jaeger, a Marinette County supervisor who lost last November’s general election to Nygren.

Three races for all Brown County voters to decide

Of the races on the Tuesday, April 6, spring general election ballot, all county voters will be able to select candidates in three of them.

County voters have a choice as to who they want as their circuit court judge in Branch 4.

The 19-year incumbent, Kendall Kelley, is being challenged by Rachel Maes, an assistant Green Bay city attorney.

Kelley was first appointed a circuit court judge in 2002 by then Gov. Scott McCallum, prior to being elected to a six-year term in 2003 and re-elected in 2009 and 2015.

He previously was an assistant district attorney in Brown County and the municipal judge in Suamico.

Maes, who prosecutes municipal citations issued by the City of Green Bay, previously was an assistant district attorney and assistant corporation counsel in Douglas County.

Two other county circuit court judge seats are up for election this spring with the incumbents in Branch 1, Donald Zuidmulder, and Branch 5, Marc Hammer, running unopposed in their bids for new six-year terms.

Court of Appeals

An open seat for the District III Wisconsin Court of Appeals, which includes Brown and 34 other counties in northern Wisconsin, is up for a six-year term with Judge Mark Seidl not seeking re-election.

Outagamie County Judge Greg Gill Jr. is running against Wausau attorney Rick Cveykus.

State Superintendent

The office of state superintendent of public instruction is being contested with Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly running against former Brown Deer Superintendent Deborah Kerr.

The current officeholder, Carolyn Stanford Taylor, decided not to run for a new four-year term after being appointed to the position two years ago when the previous state superintendent, Tony Evers, became governor in 2019.

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