2022 Spring Election preview: Competitive races set for Mayor, city council, school board, county board
By Jalen Maki
Tomahawk Leader Editor
LINCOLN COUNTY – Competitive races will be found up and down local ballots for the 2022 Spring Elections.
Primary elections will be held for positions on the School District of Tomahawk Board of Education and the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 15.
On Tuesday, April 5, voters will choose next the City of Tomahawk Mayor. The City of Tomahawk Common Council, the School District of Tomahawk Board of Education and the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors will also see contested races decided in April.
City of Tomahawk Mayor
The City of Tomahawk will see its first competitive race for Mayor in six years.
Mayor Steven E. Taskay, who has not faced a challenger since his election in 2016, will go up against Roxanne Consolver in April.
The winner will serve a two-year term.
City of Tomahawk Common Council
There will be two contested races for the City of Tomahawk Common Council, while one current alderperson will run unopposed.
District 1 alderperson Mike Loka will not face a challenger.
In District 2, current alderperson and council president Jeff Kahle will face Christie Fletcher.
District 3 alderperson Tadd Wegener is set to run against Brandon Kato.
School District of Tomahawk Board of Education
Numerous competitive races for the School District of Tomahawk Board of Education will appear on upcoming ballots.
A primary will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15 for the seat representing the Towns of Nokomis, Wilson and Little Rice on the board. The current seat holder, Bonnie Rudie, chose not to run for reelection. Jerrod Hock, Mandy Street and Ann Swenty each filed papers to run for the post. The top two vote-getters will face off in April.
Four candidates will run to fill two seats representing the City of Tomahawk. Incumbent Dick Huseby, Lonny Calhoun, Bob Skubal and Doug Turner each filed paperwork to run, with the two candidates garnering the most votes being elected to the board.
Lincoln County Board of Supervisors
A total of 37 candidates are vying for 22 seats on the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors, bucking the recent trend of relatively quiet county board races.
Incumbent William R. Bialecki will run unopposed for the position of County Board Supervisor for District 1.
In District 2, Robert Weaver has filed non-candidacy paperwork. Lori L. Anderson-Malm will run unopposed.
Incumbent Elizabeth McCrank will not face a challenger in District 3.
In District 4, incumbent Joshua Wendt will not seek reelection. Steven L. Osness Jr. and Derek Woellner will face off for the position.
Incumbent Nathan Peterson will run unopposed for District 5 Supervisor.
Landis Paul Holdorf will challenge incumbent Norbert Ashbeck for the District 6 Supervisor position.
In District 7, incumbent Greta Rusch is set to face Wallace Jay Downey.
Laurie J. Thiel will go up against incumbent Christopher Heller in District 8.
Incumbent Don Friske will run unopposed in District 9.
In District 10, Jesse Boyd will challenge incumbent Judy Woller.
District 11 incumbent Hans Breitenmoser Jr. will face challenger Randal John Detert.
The two District 12 candidates to be listed on the April 5 ballot will be decided in the Feb. 15 Primary Election. Both Julie DePasse and Jon K. Weiler are challenging incumbent Paul Gilk. The two candidates who receive the highest number of votes in the Primary Election will go head-to-head in April.
In District 13, Alan Bishop will challenge incumbent Calvin Thomas Callahan.
District 14 incumbent Brian Hafeman is set to go up against challenger Marguerite Lyskawa.
In District 15, incumbent Ann Nelson will not seek reelection. Marty R. Lemke will run unopposed.
In District 16, Sarah Ann Miller will take on incumbent Michael Loka.
Board Chair Kevin Koth will face challenger George Brixius for the District 17 Supervisor position.
In District 18, Kenneth L. Wickham is slated to challenge incumbent Patricia Voermans.
In District 19, Matthew Webb will face incumbent Julie L. Allen.
Incumbent Dora Gorski is set to go up against challenger Angela Marie Cummings in District 20.
Incumbent Eugene Simon will run unopposed in District 21.
In District 22, incumbent Timothy Panfil filed his notification of non-candidacy. Greg Hartwig will run unopposed.