Agenda: Randall Town Board meeting Jan. 13, 2022

The Randall Town Board is scheduled to old a meeting on Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall in Bassett.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Approval of Fire Department Officers Election for 2022-2023.
  • Town contribution to the Powers Lake Management District for the purpose of fish stocking Powers Lake.
  • Painting apparatus bay at fire station 2.

The full agenda is available here.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update Jan. 12, 2022: 27,703 positives

/Kenosha County Division of Health

Note: All numbers are cumulative since data started being reported in early 2020, unless otherwise noted. — DH

Kenosha County Public Heath is reporting 27,703 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Wednesday. That’s 181 more than Tuesday. There have been 474 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County, 2 more than Tuesday. Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 106,873 Kenosha County negative test results as of Wednesday.

In Kenosha County, 56.72 percent of the population has had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination and 51.93 percent are fully vaccinated as of Wednesday.

Kenosha County Public Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Wednesday:

  • Bristol — 783 cases (12 more than Tuesday)
  • Paddock Lake — 521 cases (2 more than Tuesday)
  • Salem Lakes — 2110 cases (9 more than Tuesday)
  • Randall — 479 cases (2 more than Tuesday)
  • Twin Lakes — 824 cases (2 more than Tuesday)
  • Wheatland — 435 cases (3 more than Tuesday)
  • Paris — 182 cases
  • Brighton — 206 cases (1 more than Tuesday)

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time along with a 14-day moving average:

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16, 2020.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 1,103,372positive tests and 10,382 deaths statewide as of Wednesday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there have been 99,123 positives as of Wednesday.

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Spring election 2022: Trevor-Wilmot Grade School District approves referendum for April 5

The Trevor-Wilmot Grade School District on Tuesday approved placing a referendum for the April 5 ballot seeking voter approval to exceed the state revenue limit by $800,000 annually for five years.

From a news release distributed by the district:

“We have long maintained a quality school system by using all available tools and resources to sustain programming. The referendum is also a tool that the State’s legislators have given schools to ask taxpayers to exceed the revenue limit to save programs. That’s exactly what we are doing,” said Michelle Garven, district administrator.

In Wisconsin, the revenue limit is the amount of revenue the district receives in local property taxes and state aid. The District has been struggling with budget deficits for the last several years due to declining revenue and increasing expenses. Despite attempts to control costs, Garven said the District is unable to sustain the current level of programming and services without additional revenue. If approved, she said, the referendum funds would help sustain current educational programs for students.

An April 2021 proposal failed by just 12 votes. It would have allowed the District to exceed its revenue limit by varying amounts over a five year period.

“The problems have certainly not gone away and we cannot remain status quo. We are committed to asking the voters again because we heard from citizens that they either didn’t know about the last referendum or didn’t understand the urgency of our request,” said Garven.

Under the current referendum proposal, the District would be allowed to exceed its revenue limit by $800,000 annually beginning in the 2022-23 school year. It is a non-recurring referendum, which means the authorization would expire after five years.

The initial tax increase is estimated to be $.15 cents per $1000 or property value. “This increase represents an estimated $15 per year increase on property taxes for $100,000 home value,” said Bryan Kadlec, district director of business services.

Trevor-Wilmot has taken steps to address budget shortfalls including reducing the number of support staff, reducing the number of teaching and administrative positions, and increasing class sizes. The District has sought to control costs by keeping expenses at or below the consumer price index for each of the last 10 years.

“Historically, we have been very conservative with taxpayer dollars and mindful of the community. I believe this referendum proposal is in the best interest of the schools and the taxpayers,” Kadlec said.

Even if the referendum passes, the District is committed to continuing to control costs and remaining fiscally responsible to taxpayers, according to Kadlec.

“An approved referendum doesn’t mean clear sailing: an approved referendum will help us avoid budget deficits and sustain programs while we continue to control expenses to maintain the educational programs for students,” he said.

If the current proposal does not pass, Garven said the District will have no choice but to make further reductions to balance the budget including increasing class sizes; reducing class offerings; deferring maintenance and repairs, and reducing technology replacement cycles.

The district will host two public information meetings (in-person, if possible) on February 24, 2022, 6 pm in the school library, and March 29 at 6 pm, also in the school library.

For more information, call district administrator Michelle Garven at (262) 862-2356 or visit the district website.

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Two-day warm-up starts Wednesday

A two-day period of high temperatures in the 30s begins Wednesday, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.

Today’s high temperature is forecast to reach 37. Hey, that’s almost 40. With the bone chilling temps and wind chill of late that’s going to feel warm. There is also a 20 percent chance of wintry mix and rain as well. Wind will be clam.

Thursday should see a high temperature of 34. There’s also a 40 percent chance of snow Thursday. Calm wind again.

Temperatures are expected to slip back down into the 20s as of Friday.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update Jan. 11 2022: 27,522 positives

/Kenosha County Division of Health

Note: All numbers are cumulative since data started being reported in early 2020, unless otherwise noted. — DH

Kenosha County Public Heath is reporting 27,522 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Tuesday. That’s 1,004 more than Friday. There have been 472 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County, 4 more than Friday. Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 106,741 Kenosha County negative test results as of Tuesday.

In Kenosha County, 56.65 percent of the population has had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination and 51.88 percent are fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.

Kenosha County Public Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Tuesday:

  • Bristol — 771 cases (30 more than Friday)
  • Paddock Lake — 519 cases (20 more than Friday)
  • Salem Lakes — 2101 cases (79 more than Friday)
  • Randall — 477 cases (17 more than Friday)
  • Twin Lakes — 822 cases (27 more than Friday)
  • Wheatland — 432 cases (8 more than Friday)
  • Paris — 182 cases (5 more than Friday)
  • Brighton — 205 cases (7 more than Friday)

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time along with a 14-day moving average:

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16, 2020.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 1,088,550 positive tests and 10,382 deaths statewide as of Tuesday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there have been 98,042 positives as of Tuesday.

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Deaths Jan. 11, 2022: Kenneth Earl Kratz, James Phillip Donner, Janet L. Sanderson

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Bristol receives grant for trees; to seek grant for dam repair

Bristol has recently received a grant that will allow it to restore an oak savannah in a village park and will now be seeking another grant to help with repairs of a village-owned dam.

The village received a $5,000 grant from ATC as part of the power transmission company’s Community Planting Program, which will go toward planting of oak trees in Bristol Bay Park. The village also received a $2,500 grant under ATC’s Pollinator Habitat Program, which will fund the planting of plant pollinators under ATC that go through another oak savannah located in Bristol Ridge Passive Park.

“We’re excited,” said Randy Kerkman, Bristol village administrator, about the grants in a news release.

Said ATC vegetation management manager Michelle Stokes, “While we can’t allow trees or tall‑growing vegetation in our rights‑of‑way, ATC’s Community Planting Program enables us to encourage and support communities to plant trees and vegetation that will beautify communities in a way that doesn’t compromise the safety and reliability of the electric transmission system.”

The Village Board on Monday authorized the seeking of a grant to help fund repairs to the Lake Shangri-la Dam.

While performing other work on the dam last year, a 24-inch culvert bypass pipe was found to be corroded, Kerkman said.

Kerkman estimated the work to cost about $30,000. He proposed submitting an application to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Municipal Dam Grant Program to fund 50 percent of the cost.

“Instead of us just picking up that cost I would like to apply for a grant,” Kerkman told the board Monday.

Applying for the grant was unanimously approved by the board.

The village may have to apply for more than one year to get approval, Kerkman said.

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Local fire department responding for mutual aid to Zion, Ill.

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 1:12 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue is responding to a request for mutual aid from the Zion (Ill.) Fire Department.

Salem Lakes is requested to respond with an engine to the 400 block of North Avenue in Zion.

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Agenda: Paddock Lake Village Board committee of the whole Jan. 12, 2022

The Paddock Lake Village Board is scheduled to hold a committee of the whole meeting Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m., at the Paddock Lake Municipal Building.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Tabled Investment Policy.
  • Repeal and recreation of various fire prevention ordinances.
  • Chloride reduction progress report.

The full agenda is available here.

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No COVID-19 data story today; key data not available

There will not be our usual COVID-19 data story today. Key Kenosha County data was not available.

Check back tomorrow.

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Deaths Jan. 10, 2022: Frank Phillip Beverly, Donna Joyce Probst

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Salem School Board to host community focus group Wed. on district administrator search

Community members are invited to participate in a focus group on Wednesday that is part of the Salem School District search for a new district administrator.

Form a news release:

Dana Powers, President of the Board of Education for Salem School District, announced that the
School Board is asking that any parents and community members interested in helping to provide
input in the District Administrator search process attend a Focus Group in the Intermediate Gym
(South Gym) at Salem School District. Parents and community members are invited to attend a
session on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 6:30 pm or on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 5:15
pm. It is anticipated that the session will last for approximately one hour.

The School Board has started the District Administrator search process to replace Dr. Connie
Valenza, who will leave her position in the Salem School District on June 30, 2022. The School
Board has chosen the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) to assist in this search
process.

Focus Groups help the School Board develop screening criteria and interview questions for
candidates. The Focus Group input will aid the School Board in finding the candidate who will
best match the needs of the Salem School District. All Focus Groups will be facilitated by WASB
Search Services Consultant Daniel Nerad.

We encourage all interested parents and community members to participate in the Salem School
District Community Survey located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Salem2021Community.
The survey will remain open until Sunday, January 16, 2022.

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Break in the bitter cold coming … soon

A break in the bitter cold of late may be coming, but we will still have to slog through a couple more days of brrrrrr, says the latest local National Weather Service forecast.

Monday’s high is forecast for 10. Monday’s night’s low should reach -4.

Tuesday looks better at first glance, with a high temperature of 27. But winds of 5 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph will keep wind chill values in the -5 to -15 range.

It looks more promising for cold relief starting Wednesday, with a high of 35 and moderate wind, a trend that is expected to continue through Friday.

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Deaths Jan. 9, 2022: Steven Michael Draeger

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Agenda: Salem Lakes Village Board regular meeting Jan. 10, 2022

The Salem Lakes Village Board is scheduled to hold a regular meeting Monday, starting at 6 p.m. at Village Hall in Salem.

The meeting also will be live streamed here.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Discussion and possible action on awarding the construction of Well No. 2 and Water System Improvements to
    Mid City Corporation, in the amount of $553,396.
  • Discussion and possible action on the request to purchase 12 iPads, in the amount of $6,178.08, to be used for
    call reporting, inspections, and the use of the CrewForce Application.

The full agenda is available here.

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Units responding for crash in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Ata bout 8:35 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to a crash int eh about the 17500 block of Highway 50 in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle crash. Vehicle is rolled over. Deputies on scene report no injuries.

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Deaths Jan. 8, 2022: Brian Lowe

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Agenda: Bristol Village Board meeting Jan. 10, 2022

The Bristol Village Board is scheduled to hold a regular meeting Monday, starting at 7 p.m., at Village Hall.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Discuss and consider for approval the request of Kevin Hansen & Erik Hansen 9474  Ashbury Lane, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 (Owners) for a Land Use Plan Amendment change and a Zoning Text and Zoning Map Amendment change from A-1 (Agricultural Preservation District) and C-1 (Lowland Resource Conservancy District) to A-2 (General Agricultural District) and C-1 (Lowland Resource Conservancy District) and a CSM (Certified Survey Map) on approximately 40 acres on tax parcel #37-4-121-302-0401 Part of the SE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 30 & NE ¼ of SW ¼ Section 30 Town 1 Range 21, Village of Bristol, Kenosha County Wisconsin. For informational purposes, this property is located on the South side of Hwy JS (107th Street) and West of Hwy 45.
  • Consider for approval the request of Lake George Lodge for on street parking in the Lake George neighborhood on February 12, 2022 from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during their annual fishing derby.
  • Consider for approval RESOLUTION NO. 2022-2: Authorizing participation in the Department of Natural Resources Municipal Dam Grant Program. The money is sought regarding the Lake Shangri-la Dam, which is owned by the village.
  • Consider for approval generators to be installed in UD4 at 121st and 119th Streets.

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Kenosha County Youth As Resources grant funding application deadline is Jan. 14

From Kenosha County Extension:

The next deadline to apply for Kenosha County Youth As Resources grant funding for the 2021-
’22 granting year is Friday, Jan. 14.

Youth as Resources is a grant-giving organization that funds youth-designed and youth-led community service projects that benefit individuals in Kenosha County. Grants of up to $500 are available to groups of Kenosha County youth grades K-12 who want to make a difference in their community. Each youth group must have a sponsor organization such as a church, school or community agency, plus an adult sponsor.

Presentations of grant proposals must be made to the youth-led YAR board at its next scheduled
proposal review meeting, on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Projects must clearly meet the YAR definition of “community service,” which is, “Youth and adults contributing time together to make a positive change which addresses a community need.”

Youth as Resources is presented in a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Extension Kenosha County and the United Way of Kenosha County.

More information about the program, including a link to the grant application document, is
available at https://kenosha.extension.wisc.edu/youth/yar/.

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Spring Election 2022: Bristol School District needs primary to narrow field for board

Voters in the Bristol School District will be able to vote in a Feb. 15 primary to narrow the field for school board for the April 5 election.

As of Friday’s filing deadline there are five candidates for two seats.

Filing for candidacy was extended to Friday because incumbent Stephanie Butenhoff did not turn in her non-candidacy paperwork nor did she turn in her declaration of candidacy by Tuesday.

Appearing on the primary ballot will be:

  • Tina Elfering
  • Stephen Grimm 
  • JoDee Hale-Schmid 
  • Danielle Whitaker
  • Lauren Zimmer 

The primary will narrow the field to four candidates.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update Jan. 7 2022: 26,518 positives

/Kenosha County Division of Health

Note: All numbers are cumulative since data started being reported in early 2020, unless otherwise noted. — DH

Kenosha County Public Heath is reporting 26,518 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Friday. That’s 393 more than Thursday. There have been 468 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County, 2 more than Thursday. Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 106,213 Kenosha County negative test results as of Friday.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting a positive rate of 15,811/100,000 people and a 1.8 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Friday.

In Kenosha County, 56.43 percent of the population has had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination and 51.73 percent are fully vaccinated as of Friday.

Kenosha County Public Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Friday:

  • Bristol — 741 cases (10 more than Thursday)
  • Paddock Lake — 499 cases (7 more than Thursday)
  • Salem Lakes — 2022 cases (32 more than Thursday)
  • Randall — 460 cases (4 more than Thursday)
  • Twin Lakes — 795 cases (5 more than Thursday)
  • Wheatland — 424 cases (3 more than Thursday)
  • Paris — 177 cases (4 more than Thursday)
  • Brighton — 198 cases (4 more than Thursday)

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time along with a 14-day moving average:

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16, 2020.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 1,048,267 positive tests and 3,877,823 negative tests with 10,271 deaths statewide as of Friday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there have been 94,065 positives as of Friday.

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Deaths Jan. 7, 2022: Thomas M. Wiley

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Units responding to crash in Salem Lakes

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At about 4:42 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash in the 9600 block of 304th Ave in Salem Lakes.

Per dispatch: Vehicle may be rolled over.

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Units on scene of crash in Trevor

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At about 3:22 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a crash at Highway 83 and Highway C in Trevor.

UPDATE 3:41 p.m. — All fire units clearing the scene. Command terminated

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update Jan. 6 2022: 26,125 positives

/Kenosha County Division of Health

Note: All numbers are cumulative since data started being reported in early 2020, unless otherwise noted. — DH

Kenosha County Public Heath is reporting 26,125 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Thursday. That’s 79 more than Wednesday. There have been 466 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County, 4 more than Wednesday. Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 106,145 Kenosha County negative test results as of Thursday.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting a positive rate of 15,559/100,000 people and a 1.8 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Thursday.

In Kenosha County, 56.34 percent of the population has had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination and 51.67 percent are fully vaccinated as of Thursday.

Kenosha County Public Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Thursday:

  • Bristol — 731 cases (1 more than Wednesday)
  • Paddock Lake — 492 cases (7 more than Wednesday)
  • Salem Lakes — 1,990 cases (2 more than Wednesday)
  • Randall — 456 cases (1 more than Wednesday)
  • Twin Lakes — 790 cases (1 more than Wednesday)
  • Wheatland — 421 cases (1 more than Wednesday)
  • Paris — 173 cases
  • Brighton — 194 cases (1 more than Wednesday)

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time along with a 14-day moving average:

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16, 2020.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 1,035,542 positive tests and 3,871,437negative tests with 10,253 deaths statewide as of Thursday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there have been 93,306 positives as of Thursday.

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Deaths Jan. 6, 2022: Thomas K. Moore, Alex Sid Rogers

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Units responding for crash in Trevor

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At about 8:25 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highway 83 and Highway C in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Injuries being reported.

UPDATE 8:28 p.m. — Unit arriving on scene reports it appears three vehicles are involved.

UPDATE 8:30 p.m. — Someone trapped in vehicle. Additional Salem Lakes equipment dispatched to the scene to perform extrication.

UPDATE 8:31 p.m. — Bristol Fire and Rescue requested to respond with an ambulance.

UPDATE 8:47 p.m. — Third ambulance dispatched from Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue.

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Spring election 2022: Wilmot Union High School to have contested election for school board

Voters in the Wilmot Union High School will have a contested election for school board on April 5.

Filing to appear on the ballot by Tuesday’s deadline to fill two seats were:

  • Joy Corona.
  • Incumbent Laurie DeMoon.
  • Kim Swanson.

One board seat is is currently vacant after the resignation of Sue Gerber in November.

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Spring Election 2022: Randall Joint #1 School District to have contested board election

Voters in the Randall Joint #1 School District will have a contested election for school board on April 5.

Filing to appear on the ballot by Tuesday’s deadline for the one available seat were:

  • Jeffrey Swanson.
  • Meredith Kurtzweil.

Incumbent Kelly James-Piccolo did not run for re-election and filed non-candidacy.

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Spring election 2022: Three to vie for county executive in Feb. 15 primary

Three candidates filed to run for the non-partisan office of county executive by the end of filing Tuesday.

The field will be narrowed to two in a primary election Feb. 15. The survivors will then face-off again April 5.

On the primary ballot will be:

  • Jerry Gulley of Pleasant Prairie. Gulley is currently a member of the Kenosha County Board, but he is not seeking re-election to that post.
  • Samantha Kerkman of Salem Lakes. Kerkman is currently the representative to the state Assembly from the 61st District.
  • Rebecca Matoska-Mentink of Pleasant Prairie. Matoska-Mentink is the Kenosha County clerk of circuit courts.

Incumbent James Kreuser is not seeking re-election. He has been county executive since 2008.

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