Unified incumbents to seek new terms


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BY TERRY FLORES
tflores@kenoshanews.com
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Both Kenosha Unified School Board incumbents up for re-election in the spring say they will seek another three-year term.

David Gallo, who has served since 2010, filed his campaign registration statement and declaration of candidacy forms earlier this week.

Rebecca Stevens has not filed papers, though she said Friday she plans to do so before the upcoming deadline.

Friday was the deadline to file non-candidacy papers for incumbents choosing not to run.

The deadline to turn in all documents, including nomination papers with signatures, is 5 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Educational Support Center, 3600 52nd St.

While the district is on a winter break schedule through Jan. 3, the support center will be open to accept all documents needed to ensure candidates appear on the ballot for the elections.

The general election is April 2. A primary election, if needed, will be held Feb. 19. Each School Board member earns a salary of $4,500 per year.

Gallo, 44, is employed locally as a mechanical contractor. Stevens, 52, is unemployed.

Other candidates

Three other candidates had announced intentions to run as of Thursday.

They are: Samuel Martin, an employee at Abbott Laboratories; Kyle Flood, a 2012 Tremper High School graduate studying political science at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; and William Mauer III, 55, office manager for an Illinois-based scrap metal recycling company.

Of those taking out papers, only Flood has turned in nomination papers with signatures, said Stacy Busby, secretary to the School Board.

For information on candidacy documents, visit http://www.kusd.edu/boe/nomination.html.

Other filings

Elsewhere in Kenosha County, a few incumbents did declare non-candidacy before Friday afternoon’s deadline.

Brighton School Board president Judy Uhlenhake filed noncandidacy papers after filling a one-year, appointed term.

Uhlenhake ran as an incumbent for a three-year seat last spring. Challenger Linda Perona, the town clerk who works in the school cafeteria, was elected to the seat. However, she declined to accept it because it would have meant she could no longer be employed at the school. The board later appointed Uhlenhake to fill the seat for one year.

Uhlenhake said Friday she decided not to run for re-election because of personal time constraints and a family health issue. She served the board for six years.

“I guess what I’ll miss the most is being a part of helping the school move forward,” she said. “It has been fun to be a part of getting laptops and Smart Boards to improve education at the school.”

Also:

— Jim O’Connell will not run for re-election to the Randall Consolidated School Board.

— In Wheatland, non-candidacy papers were filed by the late Supervisor Robert Herda and town Constable Bob Haas, who announced his retirement last year.

— Ben Harbach filed non-candidacy papers for his town supervisor seat in Somers. Harbach has taken out papers, however, to challenge Town Chairman Fred Loomis, said Town Clerk Tim Kitzman.

— Pleasant Prairie Municipal Judge George Easton filed for non-candidacy after announcing his retirement recently. Local attorney David Berman and Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Richard Ginkowski have announced plans to run for the village position.

Those seeking to run for school, town and village offices have until Jan. 2 to submit nomination papers to the corresponding municipal or school office.

— Kenosha News reporters Jill Tatge-Rozell and Joe Potente contributed to this report.

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