In the New Berlin Aldermanic April 1 races:
District 2--- Ted Wsyocki, who had no opponent in the race, was elected.
District 4--- Ald. Ken Harenda was re-elected. He actively campaigned. Paul Lincoln Scheuble (his opponent) ran simultaneously for three positions (alderman, school board, county board) and later acknowledged that he had not actively campaigned.
District 6---Ald. Bill Moore was re-elected.
Moore won despite the following:
- The active campaign conducted by his opponent JJ Blonien
- New Berlin Citizens for Responsible Government’s endorsement/support of Bill’s opponent JJ Blonien
- The falsehoods/distortions of Moore’s record in public office by Vern Bentley in a letter published in a newspaper
- The distortions and misrepresentation of facts re: Moore by NBCRG/Ralph Heun in its New Berlin NOW blog.
- Anonymous “message” signs displayed near candidate campaign signs in Moore’s District
- Slimy anonymous fliers attacking Moore that were dispersed in Moore’s District shortly before the election. Whoever authorized and paid for those was too cowardly to identify themselves.
Moore was endorsed and supported by Ray McInerny, Sr.’s group We Care-NEW BERLIN.According to Community NOW, Blonien attributed his defeat by Moore to apathy in District 6 and difficulty beating an incumbent.
Re: apathyAccording to the City Clerk’s report of the election there were 28,206 registered voters, the number of voters was 6761, and voter turnout was 23.9%.
That report indicates that 755 votes were cast in District 2 for Wysocki (the sole aldermanic candidate on the ballot); if you add up the votes of incumbent and challenger in each of the contested aldermanic races, there were 970 total votes cast for an alderman in District 4 and 1211 in District 6. In other words, more votes were cast for alderman in District 6 than in Districts 2 and 4.
Re: difficulty beating an incumbent:
In the County Board race, Bill Zaborowski defeated incumbent County Board Supervisor (District 21) Karl Nilson. Nilson had been endorsed by the political action group New Berlin Citizens for Responsible Government.