April election promises to bring change to County Board

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

With three contested races and two current supervisors opting to not run for re-election, the Ozaukee County Board faces a potential 25% turnover in membership in the spring election.

All 26 seats will be on the April 7 ballot, with no February primary contests.

In the Second District in Fredonia, village Trustee Joshua Haas is challenging longtime Supr. Don Dohrwardt, who also is village president. 

Dohrwardt has served on the County Board for 20 years. Only supervisors Rick Nelson, Gus Wirth and Tom Richart have served as long.

Haas was elected to the Fredonia Village Board in 2018 and is chairman of the village’s Economic Development Committee.

In the Fifth District in Saukville, village Plan Commission member and former village administrator Chris Lear is challenging incumbent Don Clark. Clark was first appointed to the board in 2015 and was re-elected in 2016 and 2018. He serves on the county’s Health and Human Services Committee and the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Lear served as village administrator for 10 years. He also has served as administrator for the villages of Germantown and River Hills and as clerk for the Town of Saukville.

In the 21st District in Mequon, former county supervisor Bob Walerstein is running against incumbent Supr. Justin Strom.

Jennifer Rothstein, who has represented the 26th District in Mequon for 14 years, is not running for re-election. 

Attorney Natalia Minkel-Dumit is running unopposed for Rothstein’s seat.

In the 16th District in Cedarburg, Doug Gall is not running for re-election. He was first elected in 2016. 

Christopher Duecker filed to fill Gall’s seat and is unopposed. A manufacturer’s representative, Duecker has no previous elective experience.

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