Few competitive races to be seen during April 2 election

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JANESVILLE - The City of Beloit will see few competitive races during the April 2 election, with the School District of Beloit being the only race with challengers heading into the spring.

On the school board, four seats are up for re-election, with incumbent Pam Charles and John C. Wong to see challenges from Megan Miller, Ami Christophersen, Torie Champeny and Phillip L. VanLandingham Jr. and John Winkelmann.

On the Beloit City Council, three seats are up for re-election with incumbents Clinton Anderson, Sherry Blakeley and Nancy V. Forbeck set to run unopposed.

Rock County Circuit Court judges Karl Hanson, Derrick A. Grubb and Daniel T. Dillon will also run unopposed. Hanson and Grubb were appointed by former Gov. Scott Walker last year. Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn and Appeals Chief Justice Lisa Neubauer are set to run for the office of Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Beloit Clerk-Treasurer Lori Stottler said she expects Beloit to see around 10 percent voter turnout from the city's pool of 16,025 registered voters, a far cry from the record 77.3 percent turnout reported for the Nov. 6 general election. Five polling places ran out of ballots and some wait times to vote were reported around an hour.

"By having to wait for a ballot, or by having an unpleasant experience, I want those voters to know I am addressing it with poll workers and I want people to continue to go to the polls and ask for patience during our elections," Stottler said.

Wisconsin voters can register to vote online at My Vote Wisconsin up until March 13, with absentee in person voting running from March 12 to March 29. A ballot can be requested online through MyVote and those who aren't tech-inclined can register in person at the clerk's office, 100 State St., Second Floor.

• Town of Beloit: Town of Beloit incumbent chairperson Diane Greenlee will see a challenge from Tammy Maegli. Incumbent board supervisor George S. Rath and Jim Stevens will run unopposed for board supervisor.

• South Beloit: All four council positions and the mayor's position will be up for election in April. Candidates for city council include incumbents Tom Fitzgerald and Lori Duffy, and council members who were appointed to fill vacancies in the last year Angela Teeters and Chris Moore. Challengers include former fire chief Ken Morse, former street department director Brian Hedrington and former councilor Donald "D.J." Barber. Mayor Ted Rehl was the only candidate to file for mayor, according to South Beloit Clerk Tracy Patrick. All positions on the city council carry four-year terms.

• Roscoe: Mark Szula will seek office of village president after Dave Kreinke has said he will not seek re-election in April. Incumbent Clerk Lori Taylor was the sole candidate for village clerk. Incumbent trustees Carol Gustafson, Mike Dunn will also seek office along with challenger Anthony F. Keene.

• Rockton: Incumbent trustees John Peterson, Jodi May and Cory Magnus will seek office once again, with challengers Frank Saladino and Tyler Seever also running for trustee positions. Three seats are up for election every two years for four-year terms.

Early voting in for voters living in Winnebago County outside of the city limits of Rockford starts Feb. 21 and runs through March 5, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Clerk's Office, 404 Elm St., Room 101. Early grace period voting runs from March 6 to April 1, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and from 8 a.m.-noon on March 23 and March 30.

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