Deadline for Village Board candidates gets extended

Incumbent’s failure to file papers gives others 72 more hours to collect signatures
Ozaukee Press Staff

Anyone interested in running for the Fredonia Village Board has an additional 72 hours to collect signatures to get on the spring ballot because incumbent Jill Bertram failed to return her nomination papers by 5 p.m. Tuesday and also failed to file a notice of non-candidacy.

Bertram’s seat is one of three board positions to be filled in the spring election. The other two incumbents are Richard Abegglen and Joshua Haas, both of whom were elected in 2018. 

Bertram has served on the Village Board since 2008. She is chairman of the village’s Parks Committee.

Because she failed to file a notice of non-candidacy by Dec. 27, the deadline for candidates to file was extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.

In the Northern Ozaukee School District, School Board members Suzanne Miller and Kevin Klas are running for the two Town of Fredonia seats, one of which has been vacant.

Miller is currently the board’s at-large representative.  

Whoever gets the most votes will get a three-year term representing the Town of Fredonia. The other will take the two-year term for Town of Fredonia.

That will leave the at-large seat open, which can either be filled by a write-in candidate or board appointment or left vacant until the next election.

Other School Board incumbents up for re-election are board President Brent Neis, representing the Town of Saukville, and Treasurer Jennifer Clark, representing the Village of Fredonia.

No challengers filed to run against incumbents.

In the Town of Fredonia, two seats on the Town Board are open. Current Supr. Jim Stemper is up for re-election while resident John Depies has filed to run for supervisor.

Longtime supervisor and former town chairman Rich Mueller is not running for re-election. 

Haas is also challenging Village President Don Dohrwardt for the 2nd Supervisory District on the Ozaukee County Board.

Haas said he wants to improve communication between the County Board and the town and village governments, especially concerning economic development issues.

Haas is chairman of the village’s Economic Development Committee.

Dohrwardt has occupied the 2nd District County Board seat for 20 years, making him the longest-serving current county supervisor along with Rick Nelson of Port Washington and Tom Richart of Grafton.



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