Thanks to write-in votes, village trustee seat is his if he wants it
The Village of Saukville will likely not know until next week if longtime trustee Mike Krocka will remain on the Village Board. He did not run for what would have been an eighth term in the April 4 election, but received the most write-in votes (24) for a seat that ended up having no candidates. As a result, it’s his if he wants it.
“I had a chance to discuss it with my wife a bit over the weekend and I want to run it by some other people as well,” Krocka said Monday. “The village knows it won’t be hearing a decision until the end of the week.”
If Krocka passes, the village will consider its options, said village clerk Mary Kay Baumann, with an appointment process the likely solution. The village’s operating procedures allow for it, she said.
“It doesn’t go to the next-highest vote getter or anything like that,” she said, “or require some sort of special election. What will probably happen is the village president will nominate someone and the board would vote on it. It doesn’t require an application process.”
The board next meets Tuesday, April 18. If Krocka declines to serve, or if he’s still undecided by that time, the seat would remain open until the situation is resolved.
The board operates by majority vote. If a seat is vacant, resulting in an even number of trustees, and a tie occurs, it is considered a failed motion.
Meanwhile, Krocka remains surprised and a bit amused by the unique outcome.
“I made it clear I wanted to step away and I think everybody knew that, so I wondered ‘Who in the heck would vote for me?’” he said. “But I guess it’s nice to know that some people thought I did a good job — enough so to write in my name.”