Two of school board’s longest serving members say they’re up for another term

Sara and Brian McCutcheon plan to add to their decades on PW-S board with April re-election bids
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

Two of the longest-serving Port Washington-Saukville School Board members said this week they will run for re-election in April.

Sara McCutcheon, who has held a Village of Saukville seat on the board for 22 years and is the senior member of the board, will seek another term, she said. 

McCutcheon was appointed to the board in August 1997 to fill a vacancy, then elected the following year.

Her brother-in-law Brian McCutcheon said he will also seek another term. Elected by write-in vote in April 1998, he has represented the City of Port Washington on the board for 21 years.

Brian McCutcheon has faced competition for his seat only once. That was from Aaron Paulin, who challenged him unsuccessfully in 2017. 

Paulin was elected to the board the following year in a two-person race for a City of Port Washington seat vacated by Michelle Shinners.

Also on the April school board ballot is a Town of Port Washington seat held by Marchell Longstaff.

Longstaff was first elected in 2014, then re-elected without opposition in 2017.

She did not return phone calls.

School board members serve three-year terms.

Although eight of the nine members represent municipalities within the school district, they are elected by all voters in the district. 

A ninth seat on the board, which once represented a small section of the towns of Saukville and Grafton in the school district, was changed to an at-large seat that can be filled by a person living anywhere in the district. Yvonne Klotz became the first person elected to fill the at-large seat earlier this year. 

Candidates can begin circulating nomination papers on Sunday, Dec. 1, and must file them by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, in order to be listed on the ballot.

The deadline for incumbents to filed noncandidacy papers is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27.

The spring election is Tuesday, April 7. The primary election, if required, would be on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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