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Update: Candidates confirmed for 14 St. Croix Board seats; 7 incumbents bow out

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With just a week to go before the filing deadline, no candidates have filed for five of the 19 seats on the St. Croix County Board and over a third of current board members won't be seeking re-election.

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Redistricting has left two other districts without incumbents, but candidates have stepped forward in those areas.

In another district, two incumbents will square off come April 3. Races seem to be developing in two other districts.

The deadline for turning in nomination paper signatures -- at least 20 and no more than 100 -- is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. A candidate must collect all 20 signatures from voters in the district in which she or he is a resident.

This is the rundown as of late Tuesday, according to County Clerk Cindy Campbell:

District 1: Travis Schachtner, Somerset, has completed the filing process. Incumbent Ryan Sicard has filed nothing.

District 2: Incumbent Linda Luckey, Houlton, has filed a notification of non-candidacy.

District 3: Dietmar Schlei and Timothy Hood, Hudson, have both completed the filing process. Incumbent Robert Shearer, town of Hudson, filed a notification of non-candidacy.

District 4: Incumbent Daryl Standafer, North Hudson, has completed the filing process.

District 5: Incumbent Sharon Norton-Bauman, Hudson, has completed the filing process.

District 6: There are two incumbents in this district: Roger Rebholz, Hudson, and Clarence Malick, Hudson. Malick has completed the filing process. Rebholz has filed a declaration of non-candidacy.

District 7: No incumbents, and no one has filed. This is a Hudson-area district.

District 8: Incumbent Steve Hermsen, Hudson, has filed a notification of non-candidacy.

District 9: There are two incumbents in this district: Buzz Marzolf, town of Kinnickinnic, and Lorin Sather, River Falls. Both have filed notifications of non-candidacy. Suzanne Van Mele has completed the filing process.

District 10: No incumbent. Dave Ostness, River Falls, has completed the filing process.

District 11: Incumbent Roger Larson, Star Prairie, has completed the filing process.

District 12: Incumbent Fred Horne, New Richmond, has completed the filing process.

District 13: Incumbent Esther Scott Wentz, New Richmond, filed a declaration of non-candidacy. No one else has filed anything in this district.

District 14: No incumbent. Jeff Dionisopoulos, rural New Richmond, has completed the filing process.

District 15: Incumbent Karen Meyer, Roberts, has filed nothing. David Peterson, town of Kinnickinnic, has completed the filing process.

District 16: Incumbent Joe Hurtgen, Woodville, has completed the filing process.

District 17: This district has two incumbents: Alfred Schrank, Glenwood City, and Brian Hurtgen, Glenwood City. Both have completed the filing process.

District 18: No incumbents. Phillip VanSomeren, Baldwin, has completed the filing process, and his name will be on the ballot.

District 19: No one has filed. William Peavey, Woodville, is the incumbent.

Prospective candidates must register their candidacy and return their completed nomination papers to the county clerk. That office is in the Government Center, 1101 Carmichael Road, Hudson. The phone number is 715-386-4607.

To see the new St. Croix districts, go to the county's website, www.co.saint-croix.wi.usa, and click on "2012 County Supervisory Districts" on the right side of the page.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
(715) 426-1049
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