County Board has 11 races in April
Proponents of a smaller St. Croix County Board were right about one thing: There is more competition for fewer seats.
In 2008, when all 31 seats were open, there were races in only four districts and there were no candidates on ballots in three districts.
This year, as the number of districts is cut to 19, there will be 11 races, including one primary, and there are no districts lacking a candidate.
The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Because districts were redrawn in response to a 2008 countywide referendum that reduced the number of County Board members from 31 to 19, in several cases current board members are running against one another.
A February primary election will be held in District 9 where the candidates are Gerald Peterson, Baldwin; Craig Mohn, Woodville; and Bill Peavey, Woodville. Peterson and Peavey are both on the board now.
These are the other districts that have races:
These are the unopposed candidates: District 1, Alfred Shrank, Glenwood City; District 2, Brian Hurtgen, Glenwood City; District 3, Roger Larson, Star Prairie; District 4, Ryan Sicard, Somerset; District 5, Fredrick Horne, New Richmond; District 6, Esther Scott Wentz, New Richmond; District 13, Steve Hermsen, Hudson; and District 19, Linda Luckey, Houlton.