Spring Election: City Council, school board races take shape
School District of Tomahawk, Lincoln County referendums to appear on April 6 ballot
By Jalen Maki
Tomahawk Leader Editor
TOMAHAWK – As the April 6, 2021 Spring Election approaches, City Council and School Board races have taken shape. Two referendums are also set to be voted on.
City of Tomahawk Common Council
Three incumbents were the only candidates to file paperwork, meaning there will be no competitive races for the City of Tomahawk Common Council this spring. District 1 alderperson Ed Nystrom (Wards 1-2), District 2 alderperson Will Garske (Wards 3-4), and District 3 alderperson Mike Loka (Wards 5-6) will each run for their respective seats unopposed.
School District of Tomahawk Board of Education
Although the School District of Tomahawk has three open seats on its Board of Education, only two candidates filed paperwork.
Incumbent Deb Velleux will be on the ballot to represent the City of Tomahawk on the board. Incumbent Cathy Schmit did not file paperwork for the other City of Tomahawk seat, which will likely be decided by write-in.
Incumbent Cherie Hafeman filed paperwork and will run unopposed for the seat representing the Townships of Bradley, Birch, Skanawan, Tomahawk, and Rock Falls.
A referendum asking voters for $3.25 million per year for four years will also appear on the ballot. View coverage of the referendum at https://www.tomahawkleader.com/2021/01/19/referendum-round-two-school-district-of-tomahawk-spending-request-approved/.
Lincoln County voters will vote on an advisory referendum asking if the county should be allowed to exceed levy limits by $700,000 per year from 2022 to 2026 to fund Highway Department operations and road maintenance.
The additional $700,000 per year levy would have an estimated $26.40 tax impact on a $100,000 home.
The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors voted 15 to 7 on Dec. 15, 2020 to approve the referendum.