Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 19:17
Village Board, Northern Ozaukee School Board are short of candidates
The Village of Fredonia seat on the Northern Ozaukee School Board is up for grabs.
Incumbent School Board member Steve Baumeister has filed non-candidacy papers and no one filed paperwork for the post as of Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline.
Without a declared candidate on the ballot, the qualified write-in receiving the most votes in the April 7 election will be declared the winner.
Two other School Board incumbents, Tim Burmesch, who represents the Town of Belgium and Steve Burmesch, who was elected to the at-large post, are uncontested in their bids for re-election.
School board members represent specific communities, but are elected by the entire school district.
The spring election will mean a changing of the guard in the Village of Fredonia.
Incumbent Village President Chuck Lapicola is not seeking re-election, but Trustee Don Dohrwardt has filed papers for the expiring post.
Dohrwardt previously served a stint as village president from 1997 to 2001 and has been a trustee since 2002. He is also an Ozaukee County supervisor.
Even more changes are certain on the Village Board, with two incumbent trustees — Fritz Buchholtz and Scott Ehaney — filing declarations of non-candidacy.
Resident Neil Wagner, 709 Emmer Ave., filed papers for one of the trustee openings, but a qualified write-in candidate will need to fill the other vacancy following the spring election.
Ehaney tried to step down from the board at the completion of his last term, but he was chosen by voters as a write-in candidate.
He said he understands the reluctance of people to step forward, but has found his time as a trustee fulfilling.
“I think perhaps some people feel they are not qualified or do not understand the governmental processes and procedures,” Ehaney said.
“In other cases, I think people just are not willing to give their time. Finally, I think some people recognize it is much easier to be a critic of the decision makers as opposed to being a decision maker.”
Incumbent Trustee John Long is seeking his first elected term on the board. He was appointed trustee last January, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Mark Edbauer Sr.
It will be status quo in the Town of Fredonia.
Only incumbent Town Chairman Rich Mueller and supervisors Chris Janik and Mark Schubert have filed candidacy papers, as have Clerk Dave Gorton and Treasurer Jean Wills.