Who's running for local office in April?
As the filing deadline passed last week, contests developed for 14 of the 19 districts for St. Croix County Board and one contest for one district on the 17-member Pierce County Board of Supervisors.
River Falls City Council and River Falls School Board will see races, while one River Falls seat on the Pierce County Board received no candidates filing.
Spring elections will be held April 3, with primary elections (if necessary) preceding on Feb. 20. The following seats will go before voters in April:
(* denotes incumbent)
Pierce County Board
In District 9 Paula L. Lugar, Spring Valley, is challenging incumbent Ken Snow*, Spring Valley, who has represented District 9 since 2008. This district includes the town of Gilman, Wards 1 and 2 of the village of Spring Valley and Ward 2 of the town of Spring Lake.
In the River Falls area, no candidate has filed for the District 5 seat now held by Ben Plunkett, who is not running for re-election. The district includes Wards 12 and 13 of the city of River Falls.
In Elmwood, Rick A. Talford filed for the District 10 seat after first-term supervisor Paul Fetzer* decided not to run for re-election. This seat includes the village of Elmwood, the towns of El Paso and Rock Elm and Ward 1 of the town of Spring Lake.
John M. Krings, Arkansaw, is unopposed in his bid for the District 17 seat, currently held by Mel Pittman*, who is running for the Senate District 31 seat, currently held by Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma). District 17 is comprised of the villages of Maiden Rock and Plum City and towns of Maiden Rock, Salem and Union.
In these districts, the incumbents are running with no opposition:
District 1: Robert Mercord* (Wards 3-5 of the city of Prescott)
District 2: LeRoy Peterson* (Wards 1-3 of the town of Clifton and Ward 6 of the city of Prescott)
District 3: Jon Aubart* (Ward 8 of the city of River Falls and Ward 3 of the town of River Falls)
District 4: Ruth Wood* (Wards 5-7 of the city of River Falls)
District 6: Mike Kahlow* (Wards 9 and 10, city of River Falls)
District 7: Scott Bjork* (Wards 11 and 14, city of River Falls)
District 8: Dean Bergseng* (Wards 1 and 2 of the town of River Falls and Ward 2 of the town of Martell)
District 11: Neil Gulbranson* (Wards 2 and 4 of the village of Ellsworth and Ward 1 of the town of Ellsworth)
District 12: Dale Auckland* (Ward 2 of the town of Ellsworth, Ward 1 of the town of Martell and Wards 1 and 3 of the village of Ellsworth)
District 13: Dan Reis* (Ward 3 of the town of Oak Grove and Wards 1 and 2 of the town of Trimbelle)
District 14: Bill Schroeder* (village of Bay City, towns of Harland and Isabelle and Ward 2 of the town of Trenton)
District 15: Jerry Kosin* (Wards 1 and 2 of the city of Prescott and Ward 1 of the town of Oak Grove)
District 16: Jeff Holst* (town of Diamond Bluff, Ward 2 of the town of Oak Grove and Ward 1 of the town of Trenton)
St. Croix County
Circuit Court judge Scott Needham* is running unopposed.
Filings were pouring in as the deadline approached last week, and in the end races developed for 14 seats on the 19-member St. Croix County Board.
Five incumbents are running unopposed
District 1: Ed Schachtner, Ryan Sicard*, who did not complete filing, but received a 72-hour extension. (includes Wards 1 and 2 of town of Somerset and Wards 1-4 of village of Somerset.)
District 2: Scott J. Nordstrand will run unopposed after being excluded as a candidate for appointment this fall when St. Croix County supervisors appointed Chris Matter to fill the seat vacated by Supervisor Agnes Ring in November.
Ring stepped down from the position in September after announcing her new position with Family Resource Center of St. Croix Valley, which she said could cause potential conflicts of interest.
The district includes Wards 1-3 of town of St. Joseph and Wards 3-6 of town of Somerset.
District 3: Incumbent Christopher Babbitt* is challenged by Lynda Miller in the district that includes Wards 3-7 of town of Hudson and Wards 4-6 of town of St. Joseph. District 4: Tom Coulter*, Howard Novotny will face off for the seat that includes Ward 1 of town of Hudson and Wards 1-6 of village of North Hudson.
District 5: Roy Sjoberg*, Carla Stream (Wards 1, 6, 9 and 10 of city of Hudson)
District 6: Timothy Hall will challenge incumbent Bob Long*, who was elected in 2016 to his first term. The district includes Ward 2 of town of Hudson and Wards 5, 8, 11 and 12 of city of Hudson.
District 7: Incumbent Tammy Moothedan* is challenged by Rory O'Sullivan, who ran for St. Croix County District Attorney in 2016. Moothedan was appointed Aug. 1 to finish the 2016-2018 term after the April resignation of Laurie Bergren. The district encompasses Wards 2, 3, 4 and 7 of city of Hudson.
District 8: Incumbent Scott J. Nelson* is challenged by Dan Fosterling. The district is Wards 8-14 of town of Hudson.
District 9: Jill Ann Berke* faces opposition from Robert Fiedler, in the district that covers Wards 1-6 in the town of Troy.
District 10: Incumbent Dave Ostness is challenged by Jacqueline Niccum in the district that includes Wards 1-4 city of River Falls, Wards 2 and 3 town of Kinnickinnic and Ward 7 town of Troy.
District 11: Incumbent Roger Larson* will square off against Gary R. Hanson for the seat that represents Ward 1 village of Star Prairie, Ward 1 town of Stanton and Wards 1-5 town of Star Prairie.
District 12: Daniel Hansen* will be challenged by Mike Montello. This district includes Ward 6 town of Star Prairie and Wards 1-3 and 7-9 city of New Richmond.
District 13: Newly appointed supervisor (Aug. 1, 2017) Scottie Ard*will run against Ryan Sherley, whom she defeated with a 12-5 St. Croix County Board vote. The district is Wards 4-6 and 10-12 of the city of New Richmond.
District 14: Andy Brinkman* will run unopposed. This district covers Ward 1 of town of Erin Prairie, Wards 1-5 of town of Richmond and Ward 1 of town of Warren
District 15: John Kraft will challenge David Peterson* (Wards 1 of towns of Kinnickinnic, Pleasant Valley and Rush River; Wards 2 and 3 of town of Warren and Wards 1-4 of village of Roberts).
District 16: Paulette Anderson* will run unopposed. She represents Ward 1 of town of Baldwin, Wards 1-3 of town of Hammond and Wards 1-4 of village of Hammond.
District 17: Judy Achterhof* will also run unchallenged. She represents Wards 1 of towns of Cylon, Emerald, Forest and Glenwood and village of Deer Park and Wards 1 and 2 of city of Glenwood City.
District 18: Shaela Leibfried* faces no opposition for her seat representing Ward 2 of town of Baldwin and Wards 1-6 of village of Baldwin.
District 19: William Peavey* will face William Ruesch for the seat representing Ward 1 of towns of Cady and Springfield and village of Wilson; Ward 3 of village of Spring Valley and Wards 1 and 2 of town of Eau Galle and village of Woodville.
Kinnickinnic Town Board: Two supervisor seats, Alex Williams and Mae Wolfe*. Tom Andersen* filed non-candidacy paper.
River Falls City Council: Alderperson District 4, Todd Bjerstedt*, Ben Plunkett, and Nathan Stauner; Alderperson at large, two seats, Jeff Bjork*, Judie Foster Babcock, Scott Morrissette* and Michael Page; mayor, Dan Toland* and Aaron Taylor (former council member); municipal judge, David Sienko and Daniel Gorman (June Cicero is retiring).
River Falls School Board: Four board seats, Todd Andrews, Cindy Holbrook, Mike Miller*, Mike Thompson, Alan Tuchtenhagen*, and Kellen Wells-Mangold*. Mike Stifter filed non-candidacy papers.
River Falls Town Board: Two supervisor seats, currently held by Joe Mahoney and Brad Mogen. Caucus will be held Tuesday, Jan 16.
Troy Town Board: Two supervisor seats, Lowell Enerson and Cliff Jennings. Ray Knapp* and Jason Kjos* filed non-candidacy papers.