Only 1 competitive race on spring ballot for council

NEW Media Staff

Most incumbents of the Shawano Common Council and Shawano School Board are expected to have an easy time staying in office with no official opposition.

There is one exception, however. John Hoeffs, the alderman for Shawano’s sixth district, will be squaring off in April with Brian Suprise to keep his seat on the council.

Mayor Bruce Milavitz has no one on the ballot opposing him, and Alderman Jim Hauer faces a similar route for the Second Aldermanic District. The Fourth Aldermanic District, however, has no one running for the seat as Lisa Hoffman opted not to run for a fourth term in office, which leaves the post open for a write-in candidate.

Meanwhile, the school board has five seats up for grabs — three normally scheduled for three-year terms and two others running for shorter terms; they will replace board members who resigned or did not run for office.

Running unopposed for their board seats are Al Pyaskowit, Frank Kugel, Karen Houston and Christine McKinnies. Houston and McKinnies both represent the city of Shawano, so the top vote-getter will be in her seat for three years, while the other will fill the remainder of the term vacated by Mart Grams, which is one year.

David Cullen filed papers of non-candidacy, so his seat is open for write-in candidates. Cullen was one of two board members representing the towns of Wescott and Washington, and he ran in 2023 when there was no one on the ballot. Whoever gets Cullen’s seat will be in office for two years until the seat comes up for election again in 2026.