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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Scott A. Gunnufson has been elected village president in Colfax.
Gunnufson was the only candidate on the ballot for village president in the April 2 spring election, and according to unofficial election results posted on the Dunn County clerk’s website, received 161votes.
The election results are not official until they are certified by the Board of Canvassers.
Gunnufson has served previously as a trustee on the Colfax Village Board and as village president.
Gary Stene, the incumbent village president, decided not to run for re-election.
Incumbent Village Trustee David Wolff also decided not to run for re-election.
Stene currently serves as a supervisor on the Dunn County Board and on the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.
“I stay committed to advancing Colfax to a prosperous future. Before I can talk about vision, I want to (commend) our long-serving President Gary Stene and Trustee David Wolff,” Gunnufson wrote in an e-mail message to the Colfax Messenger.
“It has been an honor to be in the company of Gary and David on many different levels and wish them both best of luck in their future endeavors,” Gunnufson said.
“Colfax has always been a special place for me growing up, working as a young adult and now raising a family. I look to attract families to the Colfax area to help our growing businesses and be part of our modern school district,” he said.
“After serving as Village President for two previous terms, I know how challenging it can be to set a vision and follow it closely without any distractions. I am confident and proud of the knowledge of our board members and the leadership of our administration. In an ‘all together’ approach, I am excited to embrace the challenges that lie ahead and promise the village residents that I will lead with vision, integrity and pride,” Gunnufson said.
The two candidates for three Colfax village board positions were incumbents Annie Jenson and Keith Burcham.
Jenson received 163 votes, and Burcham received 136 votes.
In addition, the following write-in candidates received one vote each: Sally Johnson, James Nosker, Alex Buckley, Dave Hovre, Rick Hainstock, Kevin Albricht, Gary Thorson, Chad Berge, Mike Kiekhafer, Sydney Tanner and Lee Foyt.
Terry Moen received three write-in votes.
None of the people who received write-in votes were registered as write-in candidates.
The deadline to register as a write-in candidate was 12 noon the Friday before the election.
Colfax school board
Two incumbents on the Colfax Board of Education were up for election April 2: Todd Kragness and Andy De Moe.
According to the unofficial vote totals, Kragness received 687 votes, and De Moe received 594 votes.
The vote totals will not be certified until the Board of Canvassers meets.
Kragness currently serves as president of the Colfax Board of Education.
EM village board
Steven Abraham, incumbent village president in Elk Mound, was the only candidate for village president on the ballot for the April 2 election.
Abraham received 89 votes, according to the unofficial vote total.
Two incumbent village trustees on the Elk Mound Village Board were on the ballot for three positions: Deborah Creaser-Kipp and Terry Stamm.
Creaser-Kipp received 82 votes, and Stamm received 85 votes.
Village Trustee Montana Boettcher Grotthus did not run for re-election.
Grotthus received eight write-in votes.
The following people each received one write-in vote: Allen Christensen, Charlie Best, Tom Gilbert, Kathy Degre, Eugene Schuh and Jeff Wolf.
None of the write-in candidates were registered as write-in candidates.
EM school board
Two positions on the Elk Mound Board of Education were up for election April 2.
Incumbent school board members Kyle Jenson and Loren Hanson were on the ballot, and Jenson received 674 votes, while Hanson received 671 votes.
Kyle Jenson currently serves as vice-president of the Elk Mound Board of Education.
Town of EM
Elton Christopherson was on the ballot for town chair in the Town of Elk Mound and received 233 votes, while Marvin C. Michels was on the ballot for Supervisor 1 and received 240 votes, and Jeffrey J. Klemp was on the ballot for Supervisor 2 and received 239 votes.
Carolyn Loechler was on the ballot for town clerk and received 252 votes, and Anne Wahl was on ballot for treasurer and received 258 votes.
Town of Colfax
Dean Logslett was on the ballot for town chair in the Town of Colfax and received 190 votes, while Jason Klukas was on the ballot for Supervisor 1 and received 184 votes, and Gary Bjork was on the ballot for Supervisor 2 and received 192 votes.
Melissa Morgan was on the ballot for treasurer and received 189 votes.
The Town of Colfax appoints the clerk.
Town of Cook’s Valley
Darrel W. Fehr was on the ballot for town chair in the Town of Cook’s Valley in the April 2 election and received 98 votes, while Matt Borofka and David Clements were on the ballot for supervisors.
Borofka received 81 votes, and Clements received 85 votes.
Vicki L. Freeberg was on the ballot for clerk and received 95 votes.
Judith A. Prince was on the ballot for treasurer and received 97 votes.
Town of Grant
Mark Dietsche was on the ballot for town chair in the Town of Grant and received 99 votes, while Dave Buchner was on the ballot for Supervisor 1 and received 92 votes, and Brad Larson was on the ballot for Supervisor 2 and received 98 votes.
James Ackerlund was on the ballot for treasurer and received 102 votes.
The Town of Grant appoints the clerk.
Town of Howard
Incumbent town chair Vernon Schindler faced challenger Gerald Eder in the Town of Howard in the April 2 election.
Schindler received 126 votes, and Eder received 58 votes.
Tom Zwiefelhofer was on the ballot for Supervisor 1 and received 151 votes, and Dennis Dvoracek was on the ballot for Supervisor 2 and received 150 votes.
Susan Haake was on the ballot for clerk and received 165 votes, and Debra Wallsch was on the ballot for treasurer and received 169 votes.
Eric Suvada was on the ballot for constable and received 166 votes.
Town of Otter Creek
Mark Warner was on the ballot for town chair in the Town of Otter Creek and received 91 votes, while Steve Scoll was on the ballot for Supervisor 1 and received 88 votes, and LeAnn Ralph was on the ballot for Supervisor 2 and received 92 votes.
The Town of Otter Creek has combined the clerk-treasurer position and appoints a clerk-treasurer.
Town of Sand Creek
Michael Nelson was on the ballot for town chair in the Town of Sand Creek and received 99 votes, while Joel Smith and Phil Cruse were on the ballot for supervisor.
Smith received 90 votes, while Cruse received 84 votes.
Douglas Westholm was on the ballot for clerk and received 99 votes, and Louis Reetz was on the ballot for treasurer and received 94 votes.
Jerry Lofthus was on the ballot for town constable and received 99 votes.
Town of Spring Brook
John E. Schaefer was on the ballot for town chair in the Town of Spring Brook and received 272 votes, while Michael Moose Hase was on the ballot for Supervisor 1 and received 273 votes, and Jerry M. Hotchkiss was on the ballot for Supervisor 2 and received 263 votes.
Mary Strand was on the ballot for clerk and received 279 votes.
Two candidates were on the ballot for treasurer: Amber Svihovec and Colleen A. Mensing.
Svihovec received 113 votes, and Mensing received 156 votes.
Town of Tainter
Randy Valaske was on the ballot for town chair in the Town of Tainter and received 364 votes, while Jerry Mrdutt and Kathy Schlough were on the ballot for supervisor.
Mrdutt received 293 votes, and Schlough received 288 votes.
The Town of Tainter appoints a clerk-treasurer.
One state-wide position was on the ballot in the April 2 election to replace state Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson, whose term of office will expire July 31, 2019.
Supreme Court justices in Wisconsin serve for a 10-year term.
Justice Abrahamson has decided to retire from her position on the state Supreme Court.
State Appeals Court Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer and state appellate Judge Brian Hagedorn were on the ballot for the Supreme Court justice position.
With 99 percent of the precincts reporting the morning after the election, Hagedorn had a lead of 5,911 votes out of 1.2 million votes cast.
The lead was less than the 1 percent margin that would allow Neubauer to ask for a recount, although Neubauer would have to pay for the statewide recount.
Hagedorn served on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals Waukesha-based District II since August of 2015.
He was appointed as chief legal counsel to Republican-elect Scott Walker in December of 2010.
Court of Appeals
One candidate was on the ballot for District III Court of Appeals judge.
Judge Lisa K. Stark, the incumbent in the position, was the only candidate on the ballot for the six-year term for the District III Court of Appeals.
District III covers the counties of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vilas and Washburn.