Contested race for New London council
Appointee’s name to appear twice on ballot
By Robert Cloud
Five New London Common Council members will seek re-election unchallenged this year.
Two incumbents, Fred Zaug and John Hass, are running against each other in District 2.
Normally, each aldermanic district in New London has two representatives, who are elected in rotating years.
Zaug was last elected in 2020 and his current term will expire in 2022.
Billie Olson was elected in April 2021 and her term was set to expire in 2023.
However, Olson vacated her seat in October 2021 after she moved out of the city.
Council members appointed Hass on Nov. 9, 2021, to fill Olson’s seat.
In addition to running for the remaining year of Olson’s unfinished term in office, Hass has also filed to have his name on the ballot for the full two-year term that Zaug is seeking.
Hass’s name will appear on the ballot twice.
According to City Clerk Nicole Lemke, if Hass wins the races for the two- and one-year terms, he can choose which seat to take.
If Hass chooses the two-year term, then the seat with one year remaining will become open.
To fill the seat, the city council will have to select somebody, following the same procedures as it did when it selected Hass.
The New London Press Star will take an in-depth look at the two District 2 candidates in a future article.
Other city candidates
Incumbents Mayor Mark Herter and aldermen Mike Barrington, David Dorsey, Dennis Herter and John Faucher are unopposed this year.
Due to redistricting, District 3 and District 5 have been transposed.
Barrington will now represent District 5 and Herter will represent District 3.
The names have changed so that the numbers are sequential for all the aldermanic districts in Waupaca County.
District 5 is in Outagamie County and the boundaries are exactly the same.
District 3 has slight changes. There is a sliver south of East North Water Street to the river that is now in District 1, which votes at the Washington Center. The area between West Wolf River Avenue and the river is now part of District 3. The border used to be the river.