Most Incumbents Unchallenged In Area Except Rhinelander

Jan 3, 2018


Tuesday was the filing deadline for county, municipal and school board seats up for election this spring.

In Rhinelander, the city council and mayor's positions will see new faces. Mayor Dick Johns is retiring after 53 years with the city. Three persons have filed to be mayor: Alderman Alex Young and challengers Scott Counter and Chris Frederickson. Incumbent city council members Mark Pelletier, who chairs the Finance committee, and Tom Gleason said they weren't running again. Alex Young is the sixth district council member and did not file a non-candidacy statement, meaning it will stay open until Friday if someone else would like to file. David Holt has filed for that seat. Also running is Andrew Larson in District 2. Kyle Rogers and Matthew Wocelka are challenging incumbent Tom Kelly in District 4, and Ryan Rossling is running in the open District 8 seat.

The only two women on the Oneida County Board have both decided not to run. Carol Pederson and Lisa Zunker both filed notices of non-candidacy. Five candidates have filed for seats. The rest of the incumbents have decided to return.

In Vilas county, all incumbents filed on time. Vernon Wiggenhauser filed for a seat in Boulder Junction without opposition.In the only opposed race, incumbent Marv Anderson is being challenged by Mark Rogacki.

In Forest County,  five county board races have occurred with county board chair Paul Millan being challenged by Scott Goode. Two districts without candidates are being held open until Friday to find a candidate.

No challengers emerged for Antigo City Council seats. City Police Captain Ron Lueneburg is running for one seat on the Rhinelander school board, joining incumbents David Holperin, Ann Munninghoff Eshelman and Ron Counter.