Oconto County Council election results: Three incumbents lose seats

OCONTO — Three incumbent members of the Oconto County Board of Directors were defeated in Tuesday’s election.

Here are the results by district:

District 3 – Brandon Dhuey beat Frank Nowak 82-69. Sobieski residents faced off in one of six districts that were left without an incumbent due to the redistricting. Dhuey, 42, is deputy for Brown County. Nowak, 69, is retired from the financial services field.

District 8 – In another non-starting district, David Behrend of Oconto Falls beat Curt Haffeman of Abrams, 236-117.

Behrend, 70, who served one term on the board from 2018 to 2020, is a retired utility maintenance worker. Haffeman, 59, is a retired paper mill employee.

District 9 –Starter Al Stranz was ousted by Abrams’ Jolene Barkhaus, 267-133. Stranz, 70, a retired DNR employee, served 10 years on the board. Barkhaus, 59, owns Jo Jo’s Diner in Stiles. Stranz, along with fellow incumbents Leonard Wahl and Fran Wranosky were all placed in this new district as part of the redistricting, but Wranosky opted out of running again, while Wahl was eliminated in the primary the month last.

Pat Scanlan

District 11 –Former Oconto County Highways Commissioner Pat Scanlan ousted incumbent Diane Nichols from the District 11 seat on the county board, according to unofficial results.

Nichols won Pensaukee City, part of the district, 58-49, but lost in Oconto City, part of the district, 140-71.

Scanlan, 63, served on the City of Oconto board of directors for 37 years, the last 16 as president.

Nichols, 78, a former member of the Oconto school board, was elected in 2012.

A second incumbent in the district, Karl Ballestad, chose not to seek re-election due to a redistricting.

District 13 –In a race between two write-in candidates, former Oconto City Councilman John Wittkopf edged Cody Henry, 29-26. Wittkopf, 73, who also won a seat on Oconto City Council, succeeds Dick Doeren, a former Oconto City Council member who died in February before completing his first term as supervisor. Henry, 28, has been a member of the Oconto Fire Department since 2012.

District 20 –Keith Schneider of Oconto Falls beat Richard Wood of Lena, 231-136, to win a seat that was unincumbent due to redistricting. They went from a primary to four. Schneider, 56, operates Schneider Plumbing. Wood, 62, is a retired truck driver who owns a Riverwood Saloon and Campground in the town of Stiles.

Borough 21 – Lena starter Kenneth Linzmeyer was beaten by Lena’s Char Meier, 145-53. Meier, 66, recently retired after nine years as a village clerk in Lena.

Linzmeyer, 84, a former trustee and chairman of Lena Village, has served on the council since December 2010.

Borough 22 – Holder David Parmentier of Suring edged Terry Brazeau of Suring, 199-175. Brazeau, 67, served four terms on the former District 27 board of directors but was ousted in 2016 by Ryan Wendt of Pound, who did not seek re-election after one term. Parmentier, 61, beat Brazeau in 2018 to succeed Wendt. A second incumbent, board chairman Paul Bednarik, decided not to run.

District 28 – Carol M. Heise of Suring defeated Richard Vande Wettering of Suring, 175-92. Heise, 66, retired last year after 25 years as a village clerk in Suring. Vande Wettering has served the Town of Breed Chair for over 17 years. There was no incumbent for the seat due to the redistricting.

Research posts written in 2 districts where no one has filed

Each of the two remaining unincumbent constituencies, in which no one ran, has a written candidate.

District 12 – Richard Pillsbury received 39 votes. Pillsbury, 75, of Oconto, is a retired US Army major.

District 7 – Wayne Kaczrowski, 62, of Pulaski, got 15 votes. He retired in June after 44 years with Georgia-Pacific in Green Bay.

Unopposed candidates new to or joining the board

Of the remaining seats, two were to be filled by new board members and one by a former board member.

District 4 – Chris Augustine won with 122 votes. In 2018, he resigned weeks into his third term, saying a new job was taking longer than he had expected.

District 17 –Joel Lavarda, 62, of Oconto Falls, retiring from Georgia-Pacific in 2021, received 271 votes.

Borough 23 —Robert Wolf, 75, of Oconto Falls, a retired independent truck driver, received 304 votes.

These will be the first elected positions for Lavarda and Wolf.

Holders without opposition

District 1 – Elmer Ragen of Suamico, who served one term from 1986 to 1988, and was re-elected in 2000.

District 2 – Theresa Willems of Sobieski, appointed last April to fill a vacant post, has sought her first full term.

District 5 – Guy Gooding of Sobieski, who served five terms ending in 2016 and was re-elected again in 2020.

District 6 – Dennis Kroll of Pulaski, first elected in 2004.

District 10 – Tim Cole of Abrams, who was appointed to the board in November 2018 and elected to his first term in 2020.

District 14 – Al Schreiber of Oconto, first elected in 2018.

District 15 – John Matravers of Oconto, first elected in 2018.

District 16 – Tom Bitters of Lena, who was nominated in June 2020 and has sought his first full term.

District 18 – Stephanie F. Holman of Oconto Falls, who was elected in 2018.

District 19 – Bart Schindel of Oconto Falls, first elected in 2018.

Borough 24 – Tracy Ondik of Gillett, elected for the first time in 2020.

Borough 25 – Gary Frank of Gillett, first elected in 2014.

District 26 – Doug McMahon of Suring, who was elected in 2012.

District 27 – Alan Sleeter of Suring, first elected in 2006.

District 29 – Judy Buhrandt of Mountain, first elected in 2014.

District 30 – Don Bartels Jr., in office since July 2015.

Borough 31 – David Christianson of Townsend, first elected in 2012.

Contact Kent Tempus at (920) 431-8226 or [email protected]

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