April 7, 2009

Incumbents sweep Council, RUSD contests

And in other races of interest...

  • Racine 1st District Alderman Jeff Coe easily defeated his nemesis, Keith Fair, 267 to 182
  • Racine 3rd District Alderman Michael D. Shields beat John Guion, 231 to 183.
  • Racine District 9 Alderman Terry McCarthy beat Christian C. De Jong, 506 to 114.
  • Racine District 11 Alderman, and unsuccessful mayoral candidate Greg Helding, beat a write-in attempt by Gloria Rogers, 474 to 51.
  • Racine District 15 Alderman Robert Mozol defeated William J. Leverson, 650 to 248.

Former State Sen. Kimberly Plache, who withdrew from the Racine Unified School Board race to run unsuccessfully for mayor, woulda/coulda won a seat. She actually came in third in the five-person race, with 7,747 votes, despite dropping out too late to get off the ballot -- "If I didn't have to die to get my name off the ballot, I'd take it off," she said at the time she announced for mayor -- all for nought. She did not campaign for the school board seat and said she would resign if she finished in the top three. So, taking her at her word...

Incumbents Don J. Nielson and Gretchen L. Warner led the field, with 9,550 and 8,440 respectively. With Plache out of the picture, fourth place is good for a board seat, and was won by former board member Stella A. Young, with 7,041 votes. Last was John Leiber, with 6,176.

Now, does Plache have to stand by her word? She was certainly recruited to run for the School Board in the first place ... We're waiting to hear from the School Board how it plans to proceed.


Incumbent Juliet Edmands defeated Kim Forsman, 2,068 to 1,313.


Roger Mellem defeated Glenn Knudsen 73-48. We're told this was a very active campaign in the final stretch, and it deserved mention.


  1. Plache goes back on her word, guaranteed.

  2. Good Ol' Boy system alive and well in Racine. Evidently, change is NOT good. The armpit of SE Wisconsin grows more hair I see. LOL

  3. The only race I am unhappy about is the Shields race in the third. He's a lousy alderman and uses intimidation to get what he wants from people, not to mention he's one of the most racist people I've had the displeasure of knowing.

  4. Sad to see that Kim didn't win the race in Mt Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant, we had the best hope in years to get a qualified Clerk/Treasurer that would respect the residents and we didn't elect Kim.

    Kim, thank you for your effort.

    Congratuations to Karen Albeck. Good to get another person on the Mt Pleasant Village Board who will listen to the residents.