There will be some new faces vying for Oneida County supervisor seats in the next term. A primary election will be held Feb. 18 and the spring election will be April 1.
In District One, representing Wards 1, 2 and 8 in Rhinelander, Sonny Paszak will again run unopposed. In District Two, representing Wards 3 and 4 in Rhinelander, Greg Berard filed papers of non-candidacy. No other candidates did either, so that seat will be determined by write-in votes. Wards 5 and 10 in District Three were represented by Romelle Vandervest, who has chosen not to run again; however, Alex Young has filed papers as a candidate for that district.
In District Four, which encompasses wards 7, 11 and 13 in Rhinelander, Jerry Shidell did not file non-candidacy papers, making him ineligible to run for a second term on the county board, but Bill Freudenberg will be running for that seat. In District Five, representing wards 9, 12 and 14, incumbent Carol Pedersen will be running against Robert DeeDe I. Incumbent Jim Intrepedi will be the sole candidate in District 6. In District Seven, which is Pelican, incumbent Bob Mott will have two opponents including Dennis Schoeneck and Gregory Meyer. This race will be featured in the primary election in February, with the two winning candidates advancing to the April 1 election.
In the parts of Pine Lake and Stella that make up District Eight, Greg Oettinger will be running unopposed, as will Jack Sorensen in District Nine which encompasses wards 1 and 4 in Pine Lake. Incumbent Tom Rudolph will run against Ben Loma for Newbold’s Ward 10 and Bob Martini, representing District 11 in Crescent, will be running against Robb Jensen. Denny Thompson will not be representing District 12 again, but Mitchell Ives has taken out candidacy papers to run for this area which includes parts of Woodboro, Cassian and Crescent.
Dave Hintz is the sole candidate for Three Lakes’ District 13, as well as Bob Metropulos who represents District 15, which encompasses parts of Newbold and Lake Tomahawk. In District 16 representing Woodruff, Mike Timmons will run against Michael Pockat; however, in District 17 representing Minocqua, Billy Fried will run unopposed.
In District 18, representing parts of Minocqua and Woodruff, incumbent Candy Sorensen will run against Lance Krolczyk, while Jack Martinson filed non-candidacy papers in District 19 representing Wards 5 and 6 in Minocqua, so that area will also be determined by a write-in candidate.
In District 20, former supervisor Gary Baier passed away, but Alan VanRaalte and Kenneth Dirks have both taken out and returned papers to run for this district which includes parts of Little Rice and Nokomis. And in District 21, representing parts of Hazelhurst and Cassian, incumbent Ted Cushing will be running against Bruce LaRose.