Matera pulls out victory in race for county seat

Political newcomer who will represent Port on board among several new supervisors elected Tuesday
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

At least six new county supervisors were elected Tuesday night, including Tony Matera of Port Washington.

Matera garnered 519 votes, or 59%, to challenger Peter Vander Velden’s 352 votes, or 40%, in the board’s 7th District race representing portions of the City of Port Washington.

Incumbent Dan Becker did not seek re-election.

Contacted Tuesday night, Matera said, “Right now I’m just enjoying the moment. I’m humbled by the last five months of getting to know my neighbors and hearing the passion they have for Port Washington.”

Matera said he wants to maintain the county’s status as a leader in providing good services to its residents while helping the City of Port continue to grow and maintain its identity.

“That’s the directive I’ve been given by my constituents,” he said.

In four districts, there were no candidates on the ballot, and write-in candidates may fill the seats. These seats include District 12, where 173 write-in ballots were cast after Supr. Tom Richart of Grafton did not seek another term; District 13, 113 votes, formerly held by Supr. Donald Korinek of Grafton; District 23, 111 votes, formerly held by Supr. David Henrichs of Mequon; and District 24, 89 votes, formerly held by Janette Braverman of Mequon. 

Other newcomers on the board include:

In District 16, Shannon Whitworth narrowly defeated Connie Kincaide, 597 (50%) to 589 (49%), to take the seat previously held by Christopher Duecker of Cedarburg.

In District 25, Anne Watts received 594 votes, or 57%, to Catherine Frohman’s 438 votes, or 42%. Watts will replace Alice Read, who did not seek re-election.

In District 26, Patrick Foy received 486 votes, or 54% of the vote, to Andrew Kramer’s 410 votes, or 45%, to succeed Natalia Minkel-Dumit, who did not seek re-election.

Incumbents won races against challengers in five districts:

Incumbent Tom Winker defeated challenger Joe Weyker, 349 (53%) to 315 (47%) to keep his District 1 seat on the board.

In the 14th District, incumbent Scott Rishel received 315 votes, or 52%, to Sarah McCraw’s 295 votes, or 48%, to earn another term on the board.

Incumbent Bruce Ross of Cedarburg received 581 votes, or 58%, to challenger Dan Eastman’s 404 votes, or 41%, to win the 19th District seat.

Incumbent Michelle Godden of Mequon won the District 20 seat over challenger Nicholas Lemus, 366 (55%) to 292 (44%).

In the 21st District race, incumbent Justin Strom of Mequon received 637 votes (60%) to Bob Walerstein’s 413 (39%).

Running unopposed Tuesday were incumbent supervisors Joshua Haas of Fredonia, Barbara Jobs of the Town of Saukville, Lee Schlenvogt of the Town of Port Washington, Don Clark of Saukville, Rick Nelson and David Larson, both of Port, Tom Grabow, Paul Melotik and Marty Wolf of Grafton, David Irish and Rob Holyoke.

Also running unopposed Tuesday were newcomers Tim McGuire and Eric Stelter.

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