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Election season quiet in townships

Township elections are scheduled for next Tuesday, but so far the campaign season pales in comparison to last fall's general elections.

That is, unless you live in Castle Rock township, where three candidates are vying for one position. It is the only contested race in the area's townships.

Castle Rock

The position in question is a three-year term currently held by chairperson Gary Pipho, who is seeking re-election. Mary Kuhn and Mark Molitor are also running to fill that one seat.

Also on the ballot is Drea Doffing, who is running unopposed to fill another three-year seat, and Jane Bistodeau, who is running unopposed to fill a one-year term as town clerk.

That latter is a bit tricky, though, as there is also a ballot question asking whether residents feel the clerk position should be elected, rather than appointed by the town board. In the event residents choose to elect the township clerk, Bistodeau will assume the elected seat. She has been working in that capacity since being appointed in 2008, after former clerk Maralee Rother retired.

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the township hall. The annual meeting will follow at 8:15 p.m. Residents are invited to attend.


Only one candidate is on the ballot in Empire township. Ed Gerten is seeking reelection to another three-year term on the township board of supervisors. He is running unopposed. There are no ballot questions listed.

"It's pretty quiet out here," said Empire town clerk Kathy Krippner.

The Empire Township hall will be open for voting from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The annual meeting will follow at 8:15 p.m. The discussion, Krippner said, will be a general recap of the previous year. All residents are welcome to attend.


Two supervisor positions are open in Eureka township, each of which has one candidate running for it. Nancy Sauber is running unopposed to fill the three-year seat currently held by Cory Behrendt, who chose not to seek reelection. Incumbent Dan Rogers has filed to retain his seat for another three years. He is also running unopposed.

The annual meeting will begin at 8:15 p.m. at the township hall. Topics on the agenda include a discussion about changing the township elections to November to coincide with general elections, and to approve a $480,000 levy for 2010. An update on the previous year's activity will also be included. All residents are invited to attend.

Polls will be open in Eureka township from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.