Local race garners relatively high interest for February primary
By Ed Nadolski
Editor in Chief
While winter primary elections are typified by light turnout, Tuesday’s election in the Burlington Area School District has all the ingredients to buck the norm.
Since the state’s passage of Act 10 two years ago, the local School Board has been a hotbed of debate and community controversy.
That politically charged environment initially brought out nine candidates to compete for just four spots in the April 2 election and just two open spots on the board. While the number of candidates fell to eight recently when John Maltby pulled out, voter interest in the race appears high.
Listed in the order in which their names appear on the ballot, the candidates are: Megan Shuemate, Andy Endl, Eugene Lindemann, Julie Koldeway, Jim Bousman, Norma Miller, Susan Kessler and Larry Anderson, the lone incumbent in the race. Maltby’s name will still appear on the ballot, but he has said he will not accept a position if elected.
An extensive story featuring the candidates’ responses to questions about School Board issues can be found elsewhere in this edition.
While that race is generating the most interest locally, voters in the area and throughout the state will also narrow the field of candidates for state Supreme Court justice from three to two.
In that primary, incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack is challenged by Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone and lemon law attorney Vince Megna. The top two will advance.
The only other race in the area is for the treasurer position in the Town of Lyons.
The three candidates – Bonnie Allegretti, 2451 South Road, Connie Nold, 1957 Gail Lynne Drive, and Linda Skiles, 1522 Church Street – are competing to replace current Treasurer Geri Henningfield, who did not seek re-election.
The top two vote getters will advance to the April 2 election.
All polling places (see separate story) will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The Burlington Area School District includes the city and town of Burlington, and portions of the Village of Rochester and the towns of Dover, East Troy, Lyons and Spring Prairie.
Voters who have specific questions regarding the election are advised to contact the clerk in their municipality of residence.