Ballots set for spring elections in Wisconsin


The ballots are set for spring elections in Wisconsin.

When voters head to the polls, they'll decide local government and school board races in addition to races for the Court of Appeals District III and Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Only the Supreme Court race is going to a primary next month as three candidates vie for a seat on the state's high court. On Feb. 16, voters statewide narrow the field to two.

Incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley, appointed in October to fill a vacancy after the death of Justice N. Patrick Crooks, is facing challenges from Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Joe Donald and Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV Judge Joanne Kloppenberg.

After 16 years in the private sector, Bradley was appointed appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to serve as a children's court judge in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. She was elected to the Milwaukee court in April 2013. In May, the governor appointed her to the District I Wisconsin Court of Appeals before her appointment to the Supreme Court in October.

Donald was appointed to the Milwaukee court in 1996 by former Gov. Tommy Thompson and has been re-elected four times without opposition. Currently assigned to the general felonies in the criminal division, he previously has served in civil/probate, homicide and sexual assault, and as chief judge of children's court, according to his campaign website.

Kloppenberg served as an assistant attorney general for 23 years, working with Republican and Democratic attorneys general, before she was elected to the Court of Appeals in 2012, where she serves 24 counties in southwestern Wisconsin.

Voters in Douglas County also will cast ballots for a Wisconsin Court of Appeals District III race in which incumbent Thomas Hruz of Grand Chute is running unopposed.

In local races, the entire 21-member Douglas County Board is up for re-election this year, but only two seats are contested. In the 15th District, incumbent Susan A. Hendrickson is facing a challenge from Jerry R. Paine, while Jake Fuller of Lake Nebagamon is challenging incumbent David Conley of Lake Nebagamon for the 20th District seat.

Supervisors Kay Johnson (16th District) and Rae Ann Anderson (18th) filed papers of noncandidacy as their two-year terms are set to expire in April. Scott A. Luostari of Pine Central Road is running unopposed for the seat held by Johnson, and Daniel D. Corbin of County Highway A is running unopposed for the seat he held before Anderson defeated him almost two years ago.

Incumbents in 17 County Board districts are running unopposed.

With odd-numbered Superior City Council districts on the ballot this spring, councilors Dan Olson in the 1st District and Warren Bender in the 3rd are running unopposed.

In the 5th District, Councilor Denise McDonald is facing a challenge from Brent Fennessey. Longtime 7th District Councilor Bob Finsland is facing a challenge from Ruth Ludwig, and 9th District Councilor Dennis Dalbec is facing a challenge from Keith Kern.

Superior School Board incumbents Christina M. Kintop and Robert E. Morehouse are running unopposed for two seats on the School Board.

The general election is April 5, when Wisconsin voters also decide their preference in the presidential primary.