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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Local Election News Mixed: School Referendum To Exceed State Imposed Revenue Caps Approved

If at first you don't succeed on a referendum, try, try, try, try and try again.

After failing to approve four of the last five referendums for new construction/renovations that would eventually lead to a new junior/senior high school in Orfordville (Parkview School District), voters finally approved a $17M referendum. On the operational side, Parkview voters also chose (they had two referendums) to over-ride Walker imposed austerity caps.

JG Excerpt:
The referendum to swap the grade levels at the Orfordville schools passed 1,146 to 1,120.

A second referendum to exceed the state revenue caps for operating expenses passed 1,230 to 1,044. That vote approved spending an additional $350,000 annually for three years.

The district anticipates a $2.2 million deficit over the next three years, Superintendent Steve Lutzke has said.

In other local election news, challenger Jason Dowd won his first term in the 16th district (covers part of Beloit) for the Rock County Board by defeating four term Incumbent Phillip Owens. Rock County board races are non-partisan.

Incumbent county board member Rick Richard (District 9), a republican, defeated challenger Lyman E. Elliott III of Edgerton.

Challenger Wesley Davis defeated Incumbent Mike Rundle (District 20), covers the eastern part of Janesville and southern part of Harmony Township.

Incumbent Brian Knudsen defeated challenger Russell Rucker in a landslide. Rucker ran as a republican in the 2012 primary for the 45th WI assembly.

Challenger Yuri Rashkin was unable to displace entrenched County Board Chairman Russ Podzilni in District 22 (Covers portion of north-eastern quadrant of Janesville).

Incumbents will be returning to the Janesville School District Board and Janesville City Council. But each board will be picking up a new member to fill open seats.

Newcomer Mark Bobzien won a seat on the city council. He will be replacing Kathy Voskuil. She did not seek re-election.

In the school district, Dale Thompson, a former school board member from the 1990's, returns to win the open seat on the school board. Of note here, incumbent school board member Bill Sodemann, a Tea Party supporter - barely survived to keep his seat. Except for Kevin Murray who had strong support, the Janesville school board race was very close for participants.

By the way, voter turnout in Rock County was only 16.4 percent.

Rock County Election Results - April 1, 2014

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