The April 1 nonpartisan election will bring new faces – at least four, and possibly six – to the Marquette County Board of Supervisors.
County Board Chairman Paul Wade of the town of Moundville and Vice Chairman Dan Klawitter of the town of Packwaukee both have declared that they are not candidates for re-election, as have supervisors Sherwin Lloyd of Oxford and John Johnston of the town of Douglas.
In each of these incumbents’ districts, however, one candidate has stepped forward to be placed on the ballot for a two-year term.
Alan Gibeaut, chairman of the town of Moundville, is running for the District 16 seat occupied for almost 46 years by his neighbor, Wade. District 16 includes the village of Endeavor and ward 1 of the town of Moundville.
In District 11, encompassing ward 2 of the town of Packwaukee, Jim Sanders will run for the seat that Klawitter has held since 2010; before that, however, Klawitter had been on the Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors for 36 years.
Johnston is stepping down from his District 15 seat after 44 years, but Kristin Skolarz of the town of Douglas is on the ballot to take his place. District 15 includes the town of Douglas and ward 2 of the town of Moundville.
And, in District 9, Karl L. Spath of Oxford is running for the seat occupied for the last 33 years by Lloyd. The district includes the village of Oxford and ward 1 of the town of Oxford.
Two of the 17 incumbents face an election challenge.
Robert Goldsmith Sr. of the town of Springfield, the District 1 incumbent, faces off against Steve Janke, also of the town of Springfield. District 1 includes the town of Springfield and ward 1 of the town of Newton.
In District 7, Ken Borzick of the town of Shields will challenge Peter Steuck of the town of Montello, to represent the district that includes the town of Shields and ward 1 of the town of Montello. Steuck was appointed to his seat in July 2012, to fill the post vacated by the June 7 death of then-County Board Chairman Howard Zellmer.
The following Marquette County supervisors are unopposed in their quest for re-election.
• Shirley Floeter – District 2, town of Crystal Lake and ward 2 of the town of Newton.
• Gerald Hebert II – District 3, village of Neshkoro and ward 1 of the town of Neshkoro.
• Robin Buchholz – District 4, ward 1 of the town of Westfield and ward 2 of the village of Westfield.
• Lyle Snyder – District 5, ward 1 of the village of Westfield.
• Marvin Groskreutz – District 6, town of Harris and ward 2 of the town of Westfield.
• Michael Raddatz – District 8, town of Mecan and ward 2 of the town of Neshkoro.
• Mary Walters – District 10, ward 2 of the town of Oxford and ward 2 of the town of Packwaukee.
• Jon Sheller – District 12, wards 1 and 2 of the city of Montello and ward 2 of the town of Montello.
• Frank Breitenbach – District 13, wards 3 and 4 of the city of Montello and ward 4 of the town of Montello.
• Robert Miller – District 14, ward 2 of the town of Buffalo and ward 3 of the town of Montello.
• Jan Banicki – District 17, ward 1 of the town of Buffalo and ward 3 of the town of Packwaukee.
Because there are not more than two candidates for any seat, a primary election will not be required. Statewide, the nonpartisan spring primary is scheduled for Feb. 18.