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Thirteen Producers Running for Eight Seats in WMMB Election
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/20/2018

The make up of the group formerly known as the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board could possibly look a little different once this year's district director elections are complete. This year, six of the eight incumbents in eligible districts have been re-nominated for their positions on the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin board, with three of them facing challengers. There will also be two newcomers running unopposed in districts where the current directors are stepping down.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture says District 5 Incumbent Kay Zwald of Hammond will face Rachel Kummer from Mondovi for her seat, while Incumbent Patricia Kling, Taylor, is being challenged by Louisa Peterson, Bangor, in District 14. A four-way contest in District 23 will include incumbent director Jay Stauffacher, Darlington; Deborah Nelson, Arena; Jerry Zander, Barneveld; and Brenda Yager, Highland.

Other changes will occur in District 11, where Mike Verhasselt of Kaukauna was the only producer nominated to replace retiring director Chris Vanden from Elzen; and Julie Maurer, Newton, was the lone-nominee to take over long-time director Rosalie Geiger's District 17 seat, as she is stepping down.

The remaining incumbents not facing challengers this year include Connie Seefeldt, Coleman (District 2); Steve Sternweis, Marshfield (District 8); and Sharon Laubscher, Wonewoc (District 20).

Each year one-third of the board's 25 seats are selected. As directors, the board members supervise the dairy check-off's business affairs, formulate and set policies, and serve on one various committees.

Election coordinators say all eligible voters mush return their ballots to DATCP by May 25. Dairy producers who do not receive a ballot by May 10 should call 608-224-5116.

Elected producers will serve three-year terms beginning July 1.

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