Contested races in Clintonville
Bressette, Bayless running for mayor
By Bert Lehman
Incumbents in four of the five Clintonville City Council districts will face challenges in the spring election.
In District 1 incumbent Jim Krause submitted candidacy papers, as did Clintonville High School Principal Lance Bagstad, who is challenging Krause.
In District 2 incumbent Gloria Dunlavy submitted candidacy papers, as did Chuck Manske.
Incumbent Amy Steenbock was the only candidate to submit candidacy papers in District 3.
Three candidates are vying for the District 4 council seat. They include incumbent Mary-Beth Kuester, and challengers Mike Hankins and Timothy Zilch. All three candidates submitted their candidacy papers.
Kuester and Hankins, who was the incumbent at the time, tied in the 2014 election. Kuester was awarded the council seat after both names were placed in a container and her named was picked out.
Incumbent Jeannie Schley is being challenged by Mark Doornink in District 5. Doornink seeks to rejoin the council after a year off. He held a District 5 council seat but chose not to seek re-election in 2015. Alderman Brad Rokus won that seat.
Three people requested candidacy papers seeking to be elected mayor of the city of Clintonville. They include current council president Lois Bressette, who is also acting mayor until the election. Jonathan Bayless and Barbara Flaherty also requested candidacy papers.
Bressette and Bayless submitted their papers by Tuesday’s deadline, while Flaherty did not.