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December 15, 2019

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Rhinelander mayoral field set
City Council to see at least three new faces

Jamie Taylor
River News Reporter

Three men are officially on the spring election ballot for the position of mayor of Rhinelander.

Alex Young, Chris Frederickson and Scott Counter made their campaigns official this week by filing nomination papers with the city clerk's office prior to the 5 p.m Jan. 2 deadline.

As there are three candidates, a primary election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20 to narrow the field to two candidates who will advance to the April 3 general election. The winner will succeed longtime mayor Dick Johns who announced in December he would not seek another term.

With four City Council seats up for grabs in the April 3 election, only one incumbent has filed to run for re-election, meaning there will be at least three new members of the City Council.

Incumbents Mark Pelletier and Tom Gleason have filed declarations of non-candidacy in Districts 2 and 8 respectively. As he has opted to run for mayor, Young did not file papers seeking to hold his aldermanic seat.

In District 4, incumbent Tom Kelly is seeking another term. He will face challengers Matthew Wocelka and Kyle Rogers, prompting a February primary.

Andrew Larson has filed for the District 2 seat to be vacated by Pelletier while Oneida County sheriff's deputy Ryan Rossing is seeking the seat Gleason currently holds.

David Holt has filed to run for Young's aldermanic seat in District 6. However, because Young did not formally declare his intentions regarding his council seat by filing a notice of non-candidacy, that position remains open for another 72 hours should someone else file paperwork. Anyone interested in running against Holt must return candidate forms by 5 p.m. Friday.

The new mayor will have some major decisions to make in terms of naming replacement chairpersons for some of the city's most powerful committees, as Pelletier is chair of the finance, wage and salary committee, Gleason heads the public works committee and Young chairs the public safety committee.

Oneida County Board

There will be five contested races for the Oneida County Board of Supervisors this spring.

In District 19, which consists of Wards 5 and 6 in the town of Minocqua and Ward 1 in the town of Lynne, incumbent Lisa Zunker has filed a notice of non-candidacy.

Jeff Vollmer of Minocqua, who ran against Zunker in 2016, has filed again. His opponent will be Robert Almekinder, also of Minocqua.

District 5, which incliudes Wards 9, 12 and 14 in the city of Rhinelander and Ward 2 in the town of Pelican, will also have a new supervisor as incumbent Carol Pederson has decided not to run for re-election.

Russ Fisher of the town of Pelican and Rhinelander's Gerald Anderson, who was defeated by Pederson in 2016, will square off in April.

In District 7, incumbent Bob Mott, who represents the towns of Enterprise, Schoepke, Monico, Piehl, part of Three Lakes and part of Stella, will be opposed by Dennis Schoeneck of the town of Enterprise.

In District 3, which includes Wards 5 and 10 in the city of Rhinelander, incumbent Alex Young, who is also running for mayor of Rhinelander, is opposed by William Liebert.

The final incumbent facing opposition in his bid for re-election is District 4 representative, Bill Freudenberg.

District four consists of Rhinelander Wards 4, 7,11.

Freudenberg's opponent is Steve Schreier of Rhinelander.

Board of Education

In a race for three seats on the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education, one challenger will face off against three incumbents. Police captain Ron Lueneburg is hoping to finish ahead of either school board president Ron Counter, David Holperin or Ann Munninghoff Eshelman in the April 4 election for a three-year term.

Brian Jopek of the Lakeland Times contributed to this story.

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