Cronce to face Whealon in April

Oberstein out of mayoral race

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Election workers Tina Singer and Kerry Piehl, right, assist voters from Shawano District 6 during Tuesday’s primary election at Shawano City Hall. Shawano voters were voting on the top two candidates for mayor and two Shawano School Board seats.

Incumbent Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce and challenger Ed Whealon advanced to the April 3 general election after Tuesday’s primary.

Jim Oberstein, a retired businessman who ran against Cronce two years ago, failed to make the final cut.

The results, which still have to be verified by the Board of Canvass, reported by the city were as follows:

Cronce — 443

Whealon — 379

Oberstein — 303

“I appreciate all the support and the backing,” Cronce said. “People know the community is moving forward and want to keep the momentum going.”

Whealon said he was pleased with the results.

“I look forward to moving on (to the general election),” he said.

Oberstein thanked those who supported him and added one other statement.

“Buyer beware,” he said.

Cronce and Oberstein faced off in the last Shawano mayoral general election in 2016 when Cronce edged Oberstein 1,434 to 1,290.

Whealon’s campaign for the city’s chief executive post marks his first foray into politics. Whealon retired as the city’s police chief in 2014 following a 34-year career with the police force, the last 12 serving as the city’s top law enforcement officer.

City Clerk Karla Duchac said turnout had been low during the morning and early afternoon due to the weather, but started picking up later in the day.

Actual turnout figures were not available at press time.

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.