RACINE COUNTY — Several interesting contests have emerged in the wake of Tuesday’s filing deadline for the spring municipal and school board elections. A primary on Feb. 20 will be required in several jurisdictions to narrow the field of candidates for the April 3 ballot.

Aldermen who represent even-numbered districts on the Racine City Council are up for re-election this spring. The incumbents are all running for an additional two-year term, and some face competition.

City Council President Dennis Wiser, who represents the 10th District, has two opponents in the spring election: Kevin Rydzik and Carrie Glenn. As a result, a primary will be required.

Eighth District Alderman Q.A. Shakoor II, who filled in as council president while Wiser served as Racine’s interim mayor, also has two challengers: Malcolm Platt and Brandon Campbell. There will be a primary in that district as well.

Alderman Sandy Weidner, the 6th District representative who ran against Cory Mason for mayor last year, is challenged by Jen Adamski-Torres. The two were part of a three-way primary in 2016 for the job. Weidner initially said after losing the mayoral race that she would not seek re-election to the Council, but later said she changed her mind.

Fourth District Alderman Tracey Larrin is up against Dennis Montey.

Incumbents Mollie Jones in the 2nd District, Henry Perez in the 12th District and Jason Meekma in the 14th District are unopposed.

Weidner, Montey and Rydzik had not turned in their required statements of economic interests, city records show. The forms are due Friday in order to have their names placed on the ballot.

The Racine municipal judge race has two candidates: Incumbent Rebecca Mason, the wife of newly elected Mayor Cory Mason, faces a challenge from John Buchaklian.

Suburban races

Primaries likely will take place in two aldermanic districts in the City of Burlington. Randy Canales, Theresa Meyer and Lee Verhagen will face off in the primary for the 1st District, and Ryan Heft, Sara Spencer and Christopher Wiess will have a primary for the 2nd District.

A primary also is on tap for the trustee No. 2 position on the Caledonia Vilage Board. Incumbent Trustee Kathleen A. Trentadue is facing a challenge from Dale Stillman and John Ulcek.

In Mount Pleasant, four candidates are seeking the trustee No. 5 position, which has been open since Dave DeGroot, who ran for trustee and for village president in 2017, stepped down after taking the president’s post. The election this year is for a one-year term, to fill the remaining time for that two-year post that is normally elected in odd years. The candidates are Thomas Giese, Ram Bhatia, John Martini and Janet Sabol.

An unusual primary is slated for the Yorkville Elementary School District, where four candidates are seeking to fill one three-year term on the School Board. The candidates are Lori Christiansen, Ann Wendorf, Marty Winter and Christopher Nelson.


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Pete Wicklund is the local editor for The Journal Times.

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