By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Village Trustee Scott Gunnufson was elected as Colfax village president in the April 2 election.
Chris Olson, village trustee, also was a candidate for village president.
Gunnufson was appointed to the village board last fall following the resignation of Tina Bradford, who had been appointed to fill the position created by the resignation of Mike Laska.
Chris Olson has served several terms on the Colfax Village Board.
Gunnufson and Chris Olson also were candidates for village trustee, although Gunnufson was a candidate for a one-year term as trustee because appointees had filled that position, while Chris Olson was a candidate for a two-year term as trustee.
According to the unofficial election results available the day after the election, Gunnufson received 150 votes for village president, and Chris Olson received 23 votes.
The column for write-in candidates on the unofficial election results also included two votes for a write-in candidate or candidates for village president, although names were not available as of press time.
Gunnufson received 137 votes for a one-year term as trustee and was the only candidate on the ballot for that position.
The write-in candidate column on the unofficial results for the one-year term included three votes, although no names were available.
For the three two-year village trustee terms, four candidates were on the ballot: Annie Schieber received 148 votes; Susan Olson (incumbent) received 126 votes; Beverly Schauer (incumbent) received 123 votes; Chris Olson received 45 votes.
The write-in candidate column for village trustees included one vote, although a name was not available.
Since Gunnufson was the only candidate for the one-year term as trustee, and since he also was a candidate for village president, the one-year trustee term will become vacant, and the village board will be able to appoint a trustee.
Gary Stene, village president, did not file nomination papers in January to appear on the April ballot.
Colfax School Board
Two incumbent school board members were re-elected to the Colfax Board of Education in the April 2 election.
According to the unofficial election results, Joel Hilson received 486 votes; Todd A. Kragness received 494 votes.
Colfax Town Board
All of the incumbent town board members, the clerk and the treasurer were re-elected April 2 in the Town of Colfax.
The unofficial vote totals came in with Gary Klukas (town chair) receiving 123 votes; Dean Logslett (Supervisor 1) receiving 122 votes; Gary Bjork (Supervisor 2) with 122 votes; Rebecca Kiesow (clerk) with 125 votes; and Christine Lorenzen (treasurer) with 123 votes.
At the time the unofficial results were reported, one absentee ballot remained outstanding.
There were no write-in votes in the Town of Colfax election.
Grant Town Board
The incumbent town chair and one incumbent supervisor were re-elected to the Grant Town Board in the April 2 election.
According to the unofficial vote totals, Mark Dietsche (incumbent chair) received 90 votes, and Dave Buchner (incumbent Supervisor 1) received 84 votes.
Two write-in candidates also received one vote each: Don Berg and Justin Best.
Brad Larson and David W. Larson were nominated for the ballot during the Town of Grant caucus.
Brad Larson received 46 votes, and David W. Larson received 38 votes.
James Ackerlund (incumbent treasurer) received 87 votes.
Last summer, the Town of Grant switched from electing a clerk to appointing a clerk.
Otter Creek Town Board
Incumbents were all re-elected to their positions on the Otter Creek Town Board and for clerk and treasurer.
According to the unofficial election results, Mark Warner (town chair), received 55 votes; James Irwin (Supervisor 1) received 51 votes; Steve Scoll (Supervisor 2) received 51 votes.
Anita Rundle, town clerk, received 55 votes.
Roberta Guidaboni, town treasurer, received 53 votes.
The ballots contained no write-in candidates, and at the time Rundle reported the results on April 3, two absentee ballots were still out.
Elk Mound School Board
Two incumbents were re-elected to the Elk Mound Board of Education.
Kyle Jenson received a total of 352 votes.
Loren Hanson received a total of 337 votes.
Elk Mound Village Board
The incumbents who filed nomination papers were re-elected to the Elk Mound Village Board, along with two new trustees, one of whom was elected as a write-in candidate.
According to the unofficial vote totals, Andy Peterson (incumbent village president) received 64 votes.
One write-in candidate, Mike Tietz, received one vote for village president.
Village trustee Pat McDougall, who was appointed to the village board several weeks ago and also filed nomination papers in January, received 59 votes.
McDougall was appointed to fill the position vacated by the resignation of Village Trustee Kelly Droege.
Village Trustee Tom Gilbert received 53 votes.
Paula Turner, write-in candidate for village trustee, received 21 votes.
Scott Hayducsko, write-in candidate for village trustee, received three votes.
James Lindbo, write-in candidate for village trustee, received one vote.