|Local elections are typically not barn-burners, but a hotly-contested election for four seats on the Antigo school board is sparking voters in higher-than-expected numbers today.|
As of the the Journal’s traditional noontime poll count 617 city of Antigo voters had cast their ballots to help decide the four board of education positions.
“It’s been pretty steady,” Clerk-Treasurer Kaye Matucheski said. “The national elections are the ones that bring out the crowds, but really the local races are where people have more control.”
In the 2013 election, which also included an Antigo school board race, 529 ballots had been cast by noon. The 2012 spring election, featuring a GOP presidential primary, drew 551 voters by noon.
Voting by precinct includes Ward 1, 46; Ward 2, 50; Ward 3, 63; Ward 4, 72; Ward 5, 38; Ward 6, 71; Ward 7, 110; Ward 8, 90; Ward 9, 77.
In addition, Matucheski said about 100 absentee ballots have already been cast prior to the polls opening this morning.
Matucheski predicted an overall turnout in the neighborhood of 25 to 30 percent. Antigo has 5,029 registered voters.
Voting was also reported as brisk in the village of White Lake, where there are races for two White Lake school board positions along with a $250,000 spending referendum district officials said is vital to maintain current programs.
In White Lake, Kim Jaskolski said the polling activity was active and steady during the morning hours.
Races being decided today include:
—Antigo school board: Eight candidates, including Roy Dieck, Tara Fermanich Guelzow, Scott Jensema, Karin Koeppel, Jeanne Long, Dr. Patrick McKenna, Clark Palmer and Gail Zaverousky.
—Langlade County Board: District 19, Polar Ward I and Price Ward 2. Tom Schultz and Holly Matucheski; District 16, Ainsworth, Elcho Ward 2, Langlade Ward 2, Jerrold Burns and Richard Burby; District 15, Elcho Ward 1, Richard Schuh and Gary Johnson, who has decided not to contest the race; District 14, Ackley, Parrish, Summit and Vilas, Frank Sus and Don Scupien; District 12, Norwood, Polar Ward 2, Eugene Kamps and Joseph Novak III;
—White Lake school board: Evergreen Lewis Bowman and Margaret Pratt; at-large, Carol Blawat and Dave Krochalk.
—Antigo Common Council: Eighth Ward, Reinhardt Balcerzak and Angi Schreiber.
—Village of White Lake: Cheri Hoffman, Mary Lou Pomasl and Chris Oatman.
In the village of Mattoon, located in Shawano County, the ballot is full, including races for village trustee, county supervisor, and the Antigo school board.
Clerk Ashley Johnson said voting was slow this morning, but it typically increases later in the day.
Polls across the region remain open until 8 p.m.
NEW SETUP—City of Antigo voters are being welcomed by a new setup in the fire department bays for the spring election today. Voting was reportedly brisk this morning, with decisions being made for four positions on the Antigo school board, one city council seat and a mix of County Board positions. Polls remain open until 8 p.m.