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Our View: Important decisions to be made in Tuesday’s election

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opinion River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Next Tuesday’s spring election has plenty of excitement and will hopefully attract a large number of voters.

There are races in some municipalities and, both the board of education and the county board, have interesting races.

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Three candidates are running for two spots on the school board. The candidates are incumbent Lynn Robson and newcomers April Simmons and Carrie Whitacre.

With the issues, challenges and decisions involving the school district, this will be an important election and deserves the attention of all voters.

In municipalities, the city of Hudson has a couple of interesting races. In Alderperson District 3, newcomers Dan Tjornehoj and Tom McCormick are seeking a spot on the city council. In Alderperson District 4, incumbent Kurt TeWinkel is being challenged by Jim Webber.

Incumbent Mary Yacoub is running for re-election in District 2. Her opponent, Joe Allen, has dropped out of the race because he will be moving away from the city. Allen dropped out of the race too late to have his name removed from the ballot. If he receives the most votes, the City Council will select his replacement.

Mayor Alan D. Burchill is running unopposed.

There are numerous races for seats on the St. Croix County Board that impact virtually all the local communities. Among those in the Hudson area are:

--District 2, Incumbent Agnes Ring is being challenged by Tim Bender.

--District 3, Incumbent Tim Hood is being challenged by Christopher Babbitt.

--District 4, Incumbent Daryl Standafer (current County Board Chair) is being challenged by Howard Novotny.

--District 5, Incumbent Fred Yoerg is being challenged by Roy Sjoberg.

--District 6, Incumbent Clarence Malick is being challenged by Stephen Nielsen.

--District 8: Incumbent Richard Ottino is being challenged by Scott Nelson.

--District 9: Running are two newcomers, Jill Berke and Jeanette Kunz.

--District 10:Incumbent Dave Ostness is being challenged by John Yunker.

Chris Kilber is running unopposed in District 7.

In the town of St. Joseph, newcomers Richard Thompson and Steve Morrie Johnson are running for Supervisor 3; Tom Spaniol is unopposed for Supervisor 1.

In the town of Troy, both supervisors are running unopposed: David Hense (Supervisor 2) and Jason Kjos (Supervisor 4).

In the town of Hudson, both supervisors are running unopposed: Don Jordan (Supervisor 1) and David Ostby (Supervisor 3).

In the village of North Hudson, three candidates are running for three trustee posts. They are incumbents Daryl Standafer and Ted Head; and newcomer Rodrick A. Anderson.

Two Circuit Court Judges are also running unopposed: Eric J. Lundell (Branch 1) and Howard W. Cameron (Branch 4).

Remember, even in districts with unopposed races, it is still important to vote. If voter turnout is extremely low, sometimes there can be strange results with a write-in effort.

Local candidates all have invested a lot of time, effort and money in seeking positions of service. The least we can do is vote and determine who should be elected.

National elections have the media glamour, but it’s usually the local elections that will have the biggest impact on your life. Local municipalities generally have the most influence on the level of service citizens receive and the amount of property taxes that will be paid.

Vote on Tuesday. Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. in all municipalities and close at 8 p.m.

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