At least two Germantown Village Board trustees will face challengers in the April election.
The nine-member board is made up of two representatives from each of the village’s four districts, plus the village president.
Dan Wing, has announced he again intends to vie for the chance to represent District 2, this time by challenging James Langer.
Wing, 37, was appointed to the Plan Commission in April after he lost a bid for former Trustee Peter Sorce’s District 2 position in a primary election in February. Jeff Werderman was ultimately elected to that position.
While Wing said he communicates regularly with several board members, he said a priority in his campaign will be to provide as open a line of communication with residents as possible if elected to the seat.
Langer, 50, said last month he will be running for a third term.
“I’m definitely running again because I like being involved and making a difference in the community,” Langer said. “I love living in Germantown and I want to do what I can to make it an even better place to live.”
Vanderheiden vs. Meyers
Incumbent Trustee Al Vanderheiden, who is seeking re-election to a third term to his District 3 seat, will be challenged by Dennis Meyers.
“I don’t have a problem with being challenged,” Vanderheiden said. “If you want to run, you run.”
After almost eight years on the Police and Fire Commission, Meyers said he too hopes to facilitate more communication between the board and the community.
“I think it is bothersome when I talk to people in the community and they don’t know who their trustee is,” he said. “I want to have communication with (the community) so they know who I am and what I can do for them.”
Meyers, 65, and Vanderheiden, 51, are both part of the Germantown American Legion, and Meyers said he “has a lot of respect” for Vanderheiden.
“I’ve been one for all my life to help people in many different aspects,” Meyers said. “I want to have a way to report back to the community about what’s going on.”
Possible return of Steitz
Meanwhile, District 1 Trustee Michael Bech has filed papers indicating that he will not run for a second full term.
After being appointed by the board in 2005, Bech, 71, said he really appreciated being re-elected by the community in 2006. But he also said balancing time between homes in Wisconsin and Tennessee has become more of a challenge recently.
“In order to be a trustee you have to put in a lot of time and effort and it wouldn’t be fair to these nice people here in Germantown to be at meetings once or twice a month,” Bech said. “It has really been an honor. I have enjoyed every bit of it and wish I could have done more.”
After what he said took a great deal of consideration, former Trustee Bill Steitz said he intends to run for the position.
Steitz, 62, was unseated from his six-year post in April, when voters elected trustee David Baum.
“I’ve dedicated so much to the community through the years that there is definitely still something inside of me if I do get elected and get involved again I think I would fulfill the role of a conscience for the board,” he said.
Zabel unopposed, so far
A position also is available in District 4, where incumbent Trustee Art Zabel will make his seventh run for office. No papers for candidacy in opposition of Zabel, 59, were filed prior to press deadline.
Trustees are elected to three-year terms, and are paid $5,500 annually. The salary was increased by $1,000 last year. Those who are elected in April will receive $5,500, but trustees already in office will receive $4,500 again in 2009.
Nomination forms must be filed by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 6.
A primary election, if necessary, would be held Tuesday, Feb. 17. The spring election is Tuesday, April 7.
Ty Finke can be reached at (262) 446-6621.
ADDRESS: W17001 Mequon Road
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