County Board Seats Up for Election in 2014

• According to Door County Clerk Jill Lau, three county board seats will be up for election on April 1 after three board members filed declarations of non-candidacy with her office. The three are Cletus Fontaine, who represents the towns of Union and Brussels in District 1; Mark Feuerstein, who represents the towns of Gardener and Nasewaupee in District 4; and Hugh Mulliken, who represents the towns of Baileys Harbor and Liberty Grove in District 19. Candidates in the April 1 election must turn in nomination papers, declaration of candidacy and a campaign registration form by 5 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

• As the Jan. 7 filing deadline for nomination papers for the spring election nears, the League of Women Voters of Door County urges any citizen or candidate interested in a candidate forum to contact Sandy Brown at [email protected] or 920.743.8146.

Forums can be requested by any candidate, group or individual citizen; however, the league will proceed only if the position is contested and at least two of the candidates agree to participate.

It has long been the policy of the Door County League of Women Voters to conduct one candidate forum per race. If there is a primary, the forum would be held before the primary election. If there is not a primary, the forum is held during the general election season. The deadline for making a request related to the primary election is Jan. 17 and the deadline for making a request related to the April general election is Jan. 31. Requests will be honored in the order in which they are received.

• Mary Burke, the only currently declared Democratic candidate for governor, will speak at the Democratic Party of Door County membership meeting on Jan. 23 at 7 pm in the lower level of the Sturgeon Bay Library.

As director of strategic planning at Trek Bicycle, started by her father, Burke built Trek into a company with nearly 1,000 employees, a payroll of $50 million, and annual purchasing over $40 million in goods and services from other Wisconsin companies.

Burke served as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce in the Doyle administration, attracting new business to Wisconsin and helping small businesses to start up and grow. Her efforts led to 84,000 more Wisconsin jobs than there are today.

Burke has a strong commitment to education,
 founding a public-private partnership between the schools and community to help close the achievement gap. The program results in 80 percent of participants attending two or four year colleges. Inspired by the success of the program, she ran for and won a seat on the Madison School Board.

• The 2014 Farm Fresh Atlas of Eastern Wisconsin is accepting applications from farms, businesses, event holders, farmers markets, community gardens, certified kitchens and donors that want to advertise their local products and services. The Atlas is a consumer’s guide to local foods and sustainable businesses. It includes a map with farm locations as well as a directory of all atlas sponsors and participants in the region. The Eastern Atlas covers the Oneida Nation and counties of Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Dodge, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Shawano, Sheboygan, Washington, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago. Events that sell or promote local foods and encourage community growth are welcome to include their event in the listings. All listings of the print version of the 2014 Atlas will also be included in the online version at About 35,000 atlases will be distributed for free in 2014. Applications should be returned by Jan. 19, 2014. For an application, call or email Melissa Kiela at 920.980.5059 or [email protected].