Greenfield voters were largely bereft of contested races they could determine the outcomes of during Tuesday’s spring election.
The city’s mayoral race was uncontested for just the second time in city history as Michael Neitzke ran for a third term, and both the Greenfield and Whitnall school board contests each featured just two candidates vying for two available seats.
The result was low voter turnout. Only 23.5 percent of the registered voters hit the polls Tuesday.
Neitzke collected 3,608 votes, including his own (see video), and is on his way to becoming the longest-tenured mayor in Greenfield history.
Greenfield School Board incumbent Rick Moze got 1,757 votes, while board newcomer Robert Hansen received 1,986. Hansen will replace Don Carlson, the former city alderman who opted not to run again.
Greenfield voters in the Whitnall School District gave 797 votes to incumbent Stephanie Richter and 508 to newcomer LuAnn Bird, who has already taken an active role in the school community with her community engagement efforts.
In Hales Corners, Richter received 733 votes to Bird’s 613. Richter also led in Franklin, where she received 225 votes to 145 for Bird.
In other local race, Greenfield slightly preferred Tom Anthony to Tony Staskunas, 1,130-1,104, as their District 17 Milwaukee County Board representative. Overall, Staskunas, who will represent Greenfield, West Allis, Franklin and Greendale, unofficially won by just 167 votes.
Greenfield also overwhelmingly liked Rebecca Bradley (3,357 votes) over Janet Protasiewicz (1,888) for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 45. In uncontested circuit court races, Dave Swanson received 3,019 votes for the Branch 11 seat and William Pocan got 3,015 votes for the Branch 26 seat.
In state races, Greenfield voters chose incumbent Pat Roggensack over Ed Fallone for State Supreme Court (3,654 to ,1795). It was not as convincing for incumbent Tony Evers in the State Superintendent of Schools race; Evers’ 2,564 votes were just 54 more than Don Pridemore’s.