Ballots are set for the spring election for state and local races. Locally, voters will decide representation for few seats.

Only one of five city council races in Superior is facing a challenge this year after long-time Councilor Esther Dalbec decided not to seek another term.

“I decided I’m giving it up this year,” Dalbec said. “I think I’ve reached the point at 87 that to get out in the middle of a snowstorm and having to use the telephone for meetings just isn’t the same.”

Kevin Keener Jr., who works in the billing department at Essentia Health and co-founded North End Days, and Lindsey Graskey, manager and creative director of the Spirit Room, are running to represent Superior’s 10th District.

Councilors Jenny Van Sickle, Jack Sweeney, Tylor Elm and Craig Sutherland are all running unopposed.

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Douglas County Circuit Court judges Kelly Thimm and George Glonek are seeking re-election April 6, but both are running unopposed this year.

Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Gregory B. Gill Jr. of Appleton and private attorney Rick Cveykus of Wausau are running for the District 3 Wisconsin Court of Appeals after Appellant Court Judge Mark Seidl gave notice he wouldn’t be seeking another term.

Incumbents Len Albrecht, Steven Stupak and Michael Meyer are the only candidates vying for three seats on the Superior School Board, and Jason Clifton and Bradford Hunter are the only ones running for their seats on the Solon Springs School Board.

In the Maple School District, five candidates are vying for a chance to fill two seats on the board. Adam Landwehr of Poplar and Rachel Zwicky of Iron River are facing challenges from Chris Schultz of Brule, Shannon Grayson of Lakeside and Shari Olson of Brule.

Voters statewide will be called to decide who will serve as the next state superintendent of public instruction. Carolyn Stanford Taylor, who has filled the role since Gov. Tony Evers left the post, has filed a notice of noncandidacy. Seven candidates have stepped up to fill the pending vacancy. They include:

  • Sheila Briggs of Deforest, an assistant Wisconsin school superintendent who served under Evers in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
  • Deborah Kerr of Caledonia, a former superintendent of Brown Deer schools.
  • Joe Fenrick of Fond du Lac, a high school science teacher in Fond du Lac.
  • Steve Krull of Milwaukee, an Air Force veteran and principal at Garland Elementary School in Milwaukee.
  • Shandowlyon Shawn Hendrick-Williams of Milwaukee, assistant director within the Department of Public Instruction and director of the Milwaukee Office of the Governor.
  • Troy Gunderson of West Salem, a professor at Viterbo University in La Crosse and former school superintendent.
  • Jill Underly of Hollandale, a superintendent of Pectonica Area School District who served five years at the Department of Public Instruction.

The primary election is set for Tuesday, Feb. 16 with the spring election to be held Tuesday, April 6.

This story was update at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8 to reflect that Jill Underly is the current superintendent of Pectonica Area School District. It was originally posted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.