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Elections short on challengers this year?

With only hours left to file, local elections remained uncontested

Jan. 2, 2013

A number of seats are up for grabs throughout the Brookfield/Elm Grove area in 2013, to be filled in the April 2 election. If necessary, a primary will be held Feb. 19 to narrow the list of candidates in the general election.

Incumbents and challengers had until 5 p.m. Wednesday - after NOW's deadline - to file the required paperwork to get their names placed on the ballot.

The following people had filed notice of their intent to run. NOW will publish a final list of all candidates who will appear on the ballot on BrookfieldNOW.com and ElmGroveNOW.com and in next week's newspaper.

City of Brookfield

It appears incumbent District 3 Alderman Jeff McCarthy will run unopposed. McCarthy was appointed to his post by the Common Council after the Alderman Jim Garvens died in February. The winner of the April election will fill the remaining year of Garvens' term, and the seat will then come back up for election in April, 2014.

City aldermen are paid $9,900 annually.

McCarthy is vice president and account director at Meyer and Wallis.

Town of Brookfield

Town Chairman Keith Henderson is seeking another term. He did not respond to NOW's request for information about his candidacy prior to deadline.

The chairman is paid $7,200 annually and serves a two-year term.

In addition, there are two supervisor seats up for election. These positions pay $5,000 annually and carry two-year terms.

Incumbents Dan Shea and Steve Kohlmann have both filed all the paperwork necessary to run for re-election. No other candidates had filed as of NOW's deadline.

Shea, 19145 Timberline Drive, is married to Bonnie and has a son, Michael, and granddaughter, Lauren.

He is a retired deputy chief of administration for the Milwaukee Fire Department and past instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He's also worked in the city of Milwaukee Bureau of Engineers and the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He has served on the Town Board since 2005.

Kohlmann, 960 Timber Pass, is married to Sue. He is a marketing and communication specialist for Heritage Printing/Cultivate Communications in Brookfield and executive director for the Independent Business Association of Wisconsin. He serves on the Tax Assessment Board of Review and was appointed to the Community Development Authority.

Village of Elm Grove

Neil Palmer is set to try for another two-year term as village president. There were no challengers as of NOW's deadline.

Palmer did not respond to NOW Newspapers' request for information prior to deadline.

Three trustee seats also are up for election in April.

Incumbents Thomas Michalski, Jack Nelson and Patty Kujawa all expressed their intent to seek re-election.

Michalski, 1785 Wedgewood Drive East, is married to Jennifer Morris, and has a daughter, Katherine. He retired after 30 years at Marquette University, where he worked as an information technology administrator. He has been on the Village Board for two years.

Nelson, 12455 W. Grove Terrace, is married to Kim Nelson, and has a son, Erik, and daughter, Amy. He is senior vice president of Johnson Financial.

Kujawa did not respond to a request for information prior to deadline.

Elmbrook School Board

The Elmbrook School Board has two seats open; Area II and an at-large seat.

Both positions are three-year terms and pay $3,600 annually.

Glen Allgaier, the incumbent for the Area II seat, will run again.

Robert Ziegler, the incumbent for the at-large seat, has decided not to seek re-election. Elmbrook resident Gary Jones was the only candidate for the position as of NOW's deadline.

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