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Incumbents face challengers for Village Board seats

Three people vie for three School Board spots in Falls

Jan. 8, 2013

Menomonee Falls - The time is up for residents to file to run for open positions during the spring election for school boards and local municipalities.

Three terms on the Menomonee Falls Village Board will expire in April: seat four, currently held by Mike McDonald; seat five, held by Jeff Steliga; and seat six, held by Steve Raymonds.

All three incumbents are running once more. Bonnie Lemmer, real estate agent with Shorewest Realtors in Menomonee Falls, is running against Steliga for seat five. McDonald faces Jeremy Walz. Raymonds is running unopposed.

Lemmer, a 20-year resident of Menomonee Falls, has worked as an office manager for Fortune 500 companies and small businesses for 25 years. Lemmer, 69, has served on the boards of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation as its first executive director, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities for the state of Wisconsin.

Steliga did not respond to questions by NOW's press deadline. McDonald has served 23 years as a trustee on the Village Board. McDonald, 62, was first elected to the board in 1990 and has served on the Plan Commission for the last 20 years. McDonald owns Express Dry Cleaning and Laundry in Menomonee Falls.

Walz, 35, has worked at a local machine shop in Menomonee Falls for 15 years. He was a member of the Army National Guard from 2000 to 2006 and achieved the rank of sergeant before his honorable discharge in 2006. In addition, he has worked as a substitute teacher in Cedarburg and Grafton School Districts.

Village trustees serve three-year terms and receive $5,500 annually.

Three people are running for the three open seats up for election on the Menomonee Falls School Board. Incumbents Faith VanderHorst and Scott Ternes and Valley View Elementary Parent Teacher Association President Michele Divelbiss are running uncontested for the School Board seats.

School Board member Lori Blodorn, whose seat expires in April, recently resigned from the board and accepted a position as human resources manager with the Menomonee Falls School District. Board members will discuss on Jan. 14 what to do with the open seat from now until the April election.

School Board members are paid $5,000 annually and the president earns $5,500 per year. They serve three-year terms. The board selects its officers and assign committee members shortly after the April 2 election.

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