Primary needed for 2 Shawano School Board seats

Three-way races for Area 4, at-large seats

A primary will be needed for two seats on the Shawano School Board to winnow down the number of candidates before the April election.

Area 4 incumbent Tyler Schmidt is being challenged for his seat by former teacher Mart Grams and Starlyn Rose Tourtillott.

Grams and Tourtillott are also both vying for the at-large board seat held by incumbent Bruce Milavitz. Grams lost a bid for Milavitz’ seat last year.

The primary will be Feb. 20. The spring election will be held April 3.

Meanwhile, Area 1 incumbent Al Heins, who has been on the school board since 2003, has chosen not to run again.

Chuck Dallas is running to succeed Heins and is not facing any challengers.

Voters throughout the school district vote for all school board candidates regardless of which area the candidate represents.

The Shawano School District covers costs associated with the primary in those municipalities that wouldn’t otherwise have a primary of their own, and a portion of the costs in those municipalities that do.

The city of Shawano has a three-way mayoral race on the primary ballot, with incumbent Jeanne Cronce being challenged by former police chief Ed Whealon and Jim Oberstein, who lost a bid for the mayor’s office two years ago.