New candidate enters Green Lake spring election

A last-minute addition to the ballot will mean a contested race for all three of the Green Lake Common Council seats up for grabs this spring.

City resident Stephen Moore filed paperwork Jan. 7 — the final day to file — to run for the District 2 alderman.

Moore will face fellow newcomer Lauree Renaud, who had been running unopposed until the last day. Moore and Renaud are seeking the seat being vacated by Ald. Jon McConnell, who is relinquishing the seat in his bid for mayor.

Meanwhile, in District 1 (the seat held by Ald. Robin Wallenfang), newcomers Jon Smick and Charles Wallschlaeger are facing off this spring. (Wallenfang, too, is not seeking re-election, amid her bid for mayor.)

And in District 3, incumbent Ald. George King faces a challenge from Mark Kramer.

Meanwhile, the Green Lake mayor’s race will feature McConnell, Wallenfang and former Green Lake mayor Joe Parise. Due to the city having three mayoral candidates, a primary election will narrow the field to two Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The top two vote-getters will face off April 1.

Incumbent Mayor Chuck Mirr — who has served since 2008 — cannot seek re-election due to a two-term limit.

McConnell has been a city alderman since 2012, Wallenfang since 2007.

Parise, meanwhile, has a long history going in and out of public service in Green Lake: He was a city alderman before becoming mayor in 2004. He lost to challenger Mirr in 2008, but served another term as alderman from 2009 to 2011. Then Parise ran for mayor against Mirr but fell short again, also losing his council seat.

Meanwhile, three incumbents’ seats are up for election on the Green Lake School Board. They presently are held by Marty Valasek, Ron Triemstra and newcomer K.C. Simmers, who was appointed to fill out the term of Dennis Deyo, who resigned for health reasons.

Valasek, Triemstra and Simmers all are running for another term unopposed.

No new/challenger candidates have filed to run for Green Lake School Board this time around, although the deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 because school was closed Monday and Tuesday due to the extreme cold.

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