Competition develops in two county board races


At least two seats on the Monroe County Board have become contested races after redistricting landed some supervisors in the same district.

So far, District 7 will see a race between supervisors Toni Wissestad and Mary Von Ruden, and District 14 will see supervisors Jen Schmitz and Jim Kuhn face off.

Wissestad was bounced out of District 6 and was placed in District 7, where Von Ruden is the incumbent.

Schmitz was displaced from District 15 and joined District 14, where Kuhn is the incumbent.

It’s possible there will be a race for District 1, as Cedric Schnitzler has filed for candidacy and incumbent Alan McCoy has not yet shared his intention to run or not. Schnitzler is the current supervisor for District 4, and redistricting has placed him in District 1 territory.

Nodji VanWychen has filed for the open seat in District 3.

In District 4, Jason Jandt will try his hand at the seat Schnitzler is vacating.

Zachariah Zebell has filed to run in District 8. Incumbent Mark Halverson has filed papers indicating he will not seek re-election.

Mary J. Cook, who is the current incumbent in District 16, has filed to run in District 10 after redistricting. Incumbent Mark Nicholson is not seeking re-election.

Incumbent supervisors who so far intend to keep their seats are David Pierce, District 2; Wallace Habhegger, District 5; Adam Balz, District 11; and Remy Gomez, District 13.

Craig Buswell has taken out papers for District 16.

District 12’s Brett Larkin has not yet filed any paperwork with the county.

Ron Luethe of District 9 is not seeking re-election, and so far that district has no candidate.

District 15 so far has no candidate.

Candidates have until Jan. 4 to submit their nomination papers.


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