Races set as election filing season ends

Primary coming in Shawano mayoral race

The April election ballot took its final shape Tuesday with the end of the filing season, setting up a mayoral primary in Shawano and five contested races for the Shawano County Board.

Candidates had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to return their nominating papers and signatures.

In the city, incumbent Mayor Jeanne Cronce faces two challengers; Jim Oberstein, a mayoral candidate defeated by Cronce in 2016 and former Shawano police chief Ed Whealon.

The three-way race will necessitate a primary contest on Feb. 20.

The spring election is April 3.

All three alderpersons up for reelection in April — Rhonda Strebel, Lisa Hoffman and John Hoeffs — are also seeking another two-year term but are not facing any challengers.

Katherine Sloma is seeking the post of city attorney in the wake of incumbent Tim Schmid’s decision not to run again.

Meanwhile, five contested races for the Shawano County Board will be on the ballot in April, along with one district where there won’t be any candidate at all.

District 14 Supervisor William Berkhahn chose not to return his nomination papers, according to the county clerk’s office.

That means there will be no name on the ballot for that district in April, but it’s possible someone could mount a write-in campaign.

The district includes the town of Hartland, Ward 1 of the town of Angelica and Ward 2 of the town of Washington.

In other contested county races, District 3 Supervisor Milt Marquardt is facing a challenge from Kevin Barkow. The district includes wards 5 and 6 of the city of Shawano.

Former supervisor Mike McClelland is running against District 4 Supervisor Aimee Zeinert, who defeated McClelland in 2016. The district includes wards 7 and 8 of the city of Shawano.

Devin Krizan is challenging incumbent District 8 Supervisor Rosetta Stern. The district includes wards 3 and 4 of the town of Wescott.

Former supervisor Bert Huntington is seeking to reclaim his District 21 seat against Joseph Miller, who was a last-minute entry after the passing Friday of incumbent Roger Miller, who defeated Huntington in the April 2016 election. The district includes Ward 1 of the town of Red Springs, the town of Bartelme and the village of Bowler.

In District 23, Supervisor Ray Faehling will go up against challenger Jill Brown. The district includes the town of Fairbanks and the village of Tigerton.

Meanwhile, District 20 Supervisor Tom Madsen filed notice that he will not seek another two-year term.

Rick Giese, who lost that seat to Madsen in 2016, is running in that district, which includes the village of Gresham, Ward 1 of the town of Herman and Ward 2 of the town of Red Springs.