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May 20, 2022

4/6/2022 11:13:00 AM
Hanus defeats Sauer in Rhinelander mayoral race
Write-in candidates take aldermanic seats; school board incumbents re-elected
Heather Schaefer
Associate Editor

Rhinelander voters have chosen Kris Hanus to serve as the city's next mayor.

Hanus defeated former alderman Steve Sauer 666 votes to 517 in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial results posted by the Oneida County Clerk's office.

"Thank you to everyone that help me in this process and thank you to everyone that voted," Hanus posted on his campaign website after the vote was tallied.

In a pre-election interviews, Hanus said he moved to Rhinelander in 2013 and quickly decided this is where he wants to spend the rest of his life.

Two write-in candidates were also successful Tuesday. Steven Jopek received 12 votes to take the District 8 seat being vacated by current council president Ryan Rossing, who chose not to run for re-election. (Full disclosure: Jopek is the son of Lakeland Times news director Brian Jopek).

Similarly, LeAnn Felten will serve as District 2 alderperson after receiving 5 votes in Tuesday's election. There were 13 votes cast for other write-ins but none received more than the five votes cast for Felten, according to city clerk Austyn Zarda.

The District 2 seat was open following incumbent Andrew Larson's decision not to seek re-election.

The newly elected candidates will begin their four-year terms on Tuesday, April 12.

School board election

Voters in the School District of Rhinelander chose to re-elect the three incumbent school board members Tuesday.

Long-time board member Mary Peterson received the most votes with 2.361. In second was another veteran board member, Judy Conlin, with 2,167. The third incumbent on the ballot, former Rhinelander police captain Ron Lueneburg was also re-elected with 2,075 votes. Challenger Brett Petrick received 2,012 votes while registered write-in candidate Callie Bertsch received 845.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Article comment by: Karen Vick

Congratulations Kris Hanus

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