Longtime School Board member Larry Anderson emerged as the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s hotly contested primary election in the Burlington Area School District.
Anderson, who had an unofficial total of 1,513 votes, advances to the April 2 election along with Julie Koldeway (1,325), Norma Miller (1,161) and Jim Bousman (1,159). Anderson is the only incumbent in the race for the two available seats. The next closest candidate was more than 700 votes behind, meaning it is unlikely there will be any changes once late-returning absentee ballots are counted later this week.
The results are not a great surprise since all four of the survivors were backed by organized voting groups – Koldeway and Miller by WeVote Burlington, and Anderson and Bousman by a group of teachers and others aligned in opposition to WeVote.
The two seats on the seven-member board are highly coveted by supporters in both groups since the balance of power on the board hangs on the April election. WeVote-supported candidates Phil Ketterhagen and Roger Koldeway – Julie Koldeway’s husband – claimed both available board positions in last year’s election. Victories by Julie Koldeway and Miller in April would give WeVote candidates a voting majority.
The other candidates in order of finish are former School Board member Susan Kessler (438), Andy Endl (153), Eugene Lindemann (72), and Megan Shuemate (65). John Maltby, who had dropped out of the race received 39 votes.
See Thursday’s print edition of the Burlington Standard Press for complete coverage of the BASD election.
Waterford Union High School District board member
Candidate Sandra Schwartz was eliminated from contention Tuesday in the five-person primary race for four slots in the April 2 election for two seast on the Waterford Union High School Board.
Advancing were (in order of unofficial vote total): James Graff 709; Dan Jensen 690; Nancy Klemko 586; and Deanna Steaver 446. Schwartz finished out of the running with 308 votes.
Find additional coverage in Friday’s print edition of the Waterford Post.
State Supreme Court primary
With all western Racine County voting districts counted, incumbent state Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack holds a commanding lead over two challengers with 71 percent of the local vote. Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone is running second among west-end voters with 20 percent of the vote and lemon law attorney Vince Megna is running a distant third with just over 4 percent of the vote.
While the local results reflect western Racine County’s conservative lean, the statewide results – which are the only ones that matter – will undoubtedly look a bit different.
Statewide news outlets are reporting that Fallone will advance to face Roggensack in the general election.