On April 4, voters cast their ballots in the spring election. An overview of the results is listed below. Key races to note show a new president in the village of Coon Valley and several new town board members in the town of Clinton.
At the county level, Attorney Darcy Rood defeated District Attorney Tim Gaskell for the Vernon County Circuit Court Judge position.
Vernon County judge
Current longtime Judge Michael Rosborough is retiring after 31 years on the bench. Vernon County District Attorney Tim Gaskell ran against Attorney Darcy Rood for the judicial position. Gaskell and Rood ran neck-and-neck in many areas, but Rood grabbed a huge lead in the city of Viroqua receiving 719 votes to Gaskell with 369. The final tally had Rood winning with 56-percent (3253 votes), to Gaskell’s 46-peercent (2515 votes).
Village of Coon Valley
The village of Coon Valley, will have a new president after Karl Henrichsen defeated Rick Stegen, 161 votes to 103. Three village board trustee seats were up for re-election and will be filled by Michael Raasch (222 votes), David Stellner (213) and Charles Lind (173). Longtime board member Roger Starkey stepped down as trustee and Raasch, a former board trustee took out papers to fill the vacant seat. Lind and Stellner both refiled nomination papers.
In the Vernon County judicial race, Tim Gaskell carried the village with 152 votes, while Darcy Rood received 106 votes.
City of Westby
In the city of Westby the current board will remain intact. Four, two-year seats are also up for re-election, Mayor Danny Helgerson (425 votes) and three city council aldermen Brad Mashak, Ward 1; Bob VonRuden, Wards 2 and 4; and Lyle Lund, Wards 3 and 5. Both Mashak and Von Ruden filed non-candidacy papers leaving the seats vacant on the ballot, yet both men will continue to serve on the board after being reinstated as write-ins. Mashak received 27 votes and VonRuden received 16 votes. Lund was unopposed and received 129 votes.
In the Vernon County judicial race, Darcy Rood carried the city of Westby with 259 votes, while Tim Gaskell received 225 votes.
Village of Chaseburg
In the village of Chaseburg the two-year terms for President Ken Bluske and Trustee Tom Heller expire in April. Both candidates are running unopposed. Bluske received 58 votes and Heller received 60.
In the Vernon County judicial race, Darcy Rood carried the village of Chaseburg with 34 votes, while Tim Gaskell received 25 votes.
Town of Clinton
In the town of Clinton the town board will have several new faces representing its constituents. Incumbent Chairman Dennis Kelbel received 57 votes and was defeated by Monte Dahlen with 95 votes. Supervisor 1 incumbent Myron Jothen received 58 votes and was defeated by challenger Daniel Chaulklin with 94 votes. Supervisor 2 incumbent James Chapiewsky retained his seat with 89 votes, to challenger Paul Clark who received 64 votes. Clinton Town Clerk Sandy Schweiger and Town Treasurer Jan Clark were unopposed and retained their positions.
In the Vernon County judicial race, Tim Gaskell carried the town of Clinton with 81 votes, while Darcy Rood received 68 votes.
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Town of Hamburg
In the town of Hamburg the board will remain intact with the addition of Tim Servais replacing Ron Humfeld who filed non-candidacy papers. Servais received 155 votes defeating Bob Schultz with 48 votes. Two-year positions up for re-election and retaining their seats were Chairman Rod Erlandson; Supervisor Gary Antoniewicz; Clerk Jackie Stalsberg; and Treasurer Dayna Schultz.
In the Vernon County judicial race, Tim Gaskell carried the town of Clinton with 100 votes, while Darcy Rood received 96 votes.
Town of Coon
In the town of Coon the two-year positions up for re-election Chairperson Orlan D Bakkum; Supervisor 1 Craig Storm; Supervisor 2 Troy S. Morey; Clerk Lorraine Bakkestuen; and Treasurer Janice L. Ihle all ran unopposed and retained their positions.
In the Vernon County judicial race, Darcy Rood carried the town of Coon with 94 votes, while Tim Gaskell received 68 votes.
Town of Christiana
In the town of Christiana the two-year-positions up for re-election. Chairman David Eggen, Supervisor Roger Lewison, Supervisor Nathan Wehling, Clerk Jackie Olson and Treasurer Diane Buros all ran unopposed and retained their positions.
In the Vernon County judicial race, Darcy Rood carried the town of Christiana with 90 votes, while Tim Gaskell received 87 votes.
Town of Viroqua
In the town of Viroqua all two year positions up for re-election. Chairman Phil Hewitt; Supervisor Nathan Campbell; Supervisor Travis Cowden; Clerk Donna Leum; and Treasurer Jessica Huschka all ran unopposed and retained their positions.
In the Vernon County judicial race, Tim Gaskell carried the town of Viroqua with 213 votes, while Darcy Rood received 203 votes.
Westby Area School Board
Two members of the Westby Area School Board of Education, Cary Joholski Chaseburg Attendance Area and Gerald Roethel At-Large Seat 6 Attendance Area were up for re-election to their three year terms. Joholski (1348 votes) and Roethel (1418 votes) both ran unopposed.
For Wisconsin State School Superintendent, incumbent Tony Evers retained his position.
The new term for elected positions begins on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.