There are still no candidates for a Tomah City Council seat up for election next spring.

Nobody had taken out papers for the city’s second district as of 11 a.m. Friday. Incumbent Luke Bohlen left the seat open by filing a declaration of non-candidacy.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 to file papers with the city of Tomah clerk.

Competition elsewhere on the city ballot is more robust.

Incumbent Nellie Pater has returned to papers to run for a second two-year term as mayor. Challenger Mary Ann Komiskey has also returned papers, while challenger Mike Murray has taken papers but has yet to return them. Both Komiskey and Murray represent odd-numbered seats on the city council and don’t have to vacate their seats to run for mayor.

Three other city council seats featured contested races.

  • District 4—Incumbent Pam Buchda is being challenged by Shawn Zabinsky. Both have taken papers but only Zabinsky has returned them.
  • District 6—Incumbent Lamont Kiefer and challenger John Perry have both returned papers to the city clerk.
  • District 8—Incumbent Larry Siekert has returned papers, while challenger Remberto Gomez has taken papers but has yet to return them.

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors has two seats without candidates. All 16 seats are up for election next spring, and nobody has taken action in Districts 6 and 11.

Incumbent Daniel Olson in District 6 filed a declaration of non-candidacy, and no candidates to replace him had filed as of 2 p.m. Thursday.

Incumbent Paul Steele in District 11 has neither taken out papers nor filed a declaration of non-candidacy, and no challengers have emerged.

Carol Las filed a declaration of non-candidacy in District 1, and Alan McCoy had filed to run.

All other districts feature incumbents running for re-election unopposed. They are: David Pierce (District 2), Nodji Van Wychen (District 3), Cedric Schnitzler (District 4), Wallace Habhegger (District 5), Mary Von Ruden (District 7), Mark Halverson (District 8), Douglas Path (District 9), Rodney Sherwood (District 10), Pete Peterson (District 12), Dean Peterson (District 13), Sharon Folcey (District 14), James Schroeder (District 15) and Mary Cook (District 16).

All except Pierce, Halverson, Schroeder and Cook have returned their nomination papers, which must be filed with the county clerk by 5 p.m. Jan. 2.

The Tomah Area School District office was closed Friday. As of last week, incumbents Brian Hennessey and Aaron Lueck were being challenged by Wayne Kling. The top two vote-getters will win three-year terms.

The primary election is Feb. 20, and the general election is April 3.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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