Voter turnout up despite lack of races

Local polls stay busy even though board incumbents are unopposed in town, village

Apparently drawn by county and statewide judicial races, voter turnout in the town and village of Fredonia was higher than expected Tuesday, especially considering there were no contested races in either community.

Nearly half the eligible voters in the town — 46.43% — went to the polls while turnout was slightly less, at 38.46%, in the village.

In the Village of Fredonia, Don Dohrwardt was re-elected village president with 380 votes against 14 write-in votes, while village trustees John Long and Bill McLarty were re-elected with 321 and 290 votes, respectively. Newcomer Daniel Gehrke was elected with 298 votes. There were 10 write-in votes for trustee.

Gehrke replaces TJ Meyers-Jansky, who opted to not run for re-election.

In the Town of Fredonia, Lance Leider was elected chairman, collecting 487 votes against 10 write-in votes. Leider, a 17-year Town Board veteran, replaces Rich Mueller, who stepped down after 20 years as chairman.

Town supervisors Chris Janik and Mark Schubert won re-election with 393 and 436 votes, respectively, against 11 write-in votes.

The board is expected next week to consider candidates to fill Leider’s supervisor seat. That meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Fredonia Government Center.

In the Northern Ozaukee School District, two School Board members were re-elected. Dan Large, representing the Town of Belgium, received 1,106 votes against 14 write-in votes and Rick Hamm, representing the Town of Saukville, received 1,115 votes against 11 write-in votes.

No one ran for the Town of Fredonia School Board seat, vacated by Scott Szcerbinski. There were 95 write-in votes.

The person with the most write-in votes will be offered the post but is under no obligation to accept the seat.

Last year, longtime-board member Tim Burmesch lost his at-large seat to Suzanne Miller but was elected to the Village of Fredonia seat based on the number of write-in votes he received.

School district voter turnout was 43.61%.

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