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Meet The Candidates For Contested City Council, Kenosha Mayor, and County Board Races

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Here are the candidates for City of Kenosha Aldermen, Mayor, and County Board. Each and every candidate was asked to supply a photo and bio. The primary for Mayor and all other races with more than two candidates will occur on February 20, 2024, and the general election will occur on April 2, 2024. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order. (We will add candidates photos and bios as they supply them.)

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Mayor

Gregory Bennett Jr.

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Kenosha’s native son, United States Army Veteran, Founder of “Peace in the Streets and Family Man.

Born and raised in Kenosha WI, Gregory Bennett Jr.  is committed to his country, family and community.  A graduate of Reuther High School and holding an associate degree from Clover Park Technical College has always wanted better for this World!

Greg Bennett Jr. spent 9 1/2 years fighting for his country and democracy. He served on various roles for the United States, doing four years in Germany,  and three years in Iraq.. He is a decorated soldier and honored by the following medals:

 Army Commendation Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

 Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Media I

 Iraq Campaign Medal

 Bronze Service Star

 Combat Action Badge

 Overseas Service Ribbon

 USAF/USA President Unit Citation

 Merit Iowa Unit Commendation Army Achievement Medal 

Greg Bennett Jr. has come back to fight for his city as he has for his country. He is the Founder of “Peace in the Streets” he is a man of action as he walks these streets daily to help friends and neighbors by bringing peace and engaging positive action and interaction to bring positive change to Kenosha. An ex-probation and parole agent. 

“ACTION NOT ACTING,” and displayed his actions by moving back home after his Mother became ill. He is the proud father of Harmony and Adelina Bennett and within them sees, what our World should be for our future leaders. His commitment to family is superlative!

His love for music has always been a part of his life as he is the founder and owner of NuEmpire, where he works and produces local and national music artists. He is an author and believes in Transparency without accountability prevents chaos. Not only has he held his self accountable he holds the community accountable wanting everyone to reach to be greater. We are not who we were yesterday become a better you and know change starts with you first. 

David F. Bogdala

Elizabeth Garcia

Homeowner, single working mom, 37 years old. 

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A woman of varied interests: I love gardening and am rewilding my front yard. I have my concealed carry permit, two dogs and drive an old Prius. 

I believe my ability to work with people, even when we do not agree or share values, is what makes me a unique candidate for Mayor of Kenosha. 

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Being willing to collaborate, listen and learn, I am someone who is able to change my opinions when I learn new information.

I know we won’t always agree, but if we can agree that we love Kenosha I know we will be much more successful as a city. 

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Kenosha deserves better than more of the same and wait your turn politics, please vote Elizabeth Garcia on February 20!

Tony Garcia

Extensive and diverse experience in community relations, civic affairs and educational service in Southeast Wisconsin. Attended KUSD schools (5-12) Graduated from Bradford High School (1976) Bachelor of Arts Carthage College Kenosha, WI International business, and Major in Spanish (1995) Bilingual Teacher Certification Rockford College, Rockford IL (2007) Master of Education Rockford College, Rockford IL (2008) Confirmation of Completion of the Program for the #51 Principal’s Licensure Concordia University, Mequon, WI (2012) Elected to Kenosha Unified School District. School Board Member, 2016-2018, Re-elected (2019-2021) Elected to Vice-President of Board Kenosha Unified School District (2018 and 2019) School Board Standing Committee Membership (2016-2021) Audit/Budget/Finance, Curriculum/Program, Chair: Personnel/policy and Planning/Facilities/ Equipment. Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education Board of Directors (2007-2009) Kenosha Unified School District Ad Hoc Bullying Committee policy group. (2014-2015) Vice President Elected (2011-2016) LULAC Council 320 Kenosha “League of United Latin American Citizen” Former Kenosha County Board Supervisor, District #20 (Elected 1995, Re-elected(1997-1998) Former Member: Human Service, Judiciary and Law Committee (1995-1998) Former Chairperson: Kenosha County Gang Prevention Program (1996-1998) Spanish Center of Kenosha Board of Directors, President (1995-2001) Former Member: Kenosha Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors (1993-1995) Award and Recognition: Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Carthage College Alumni Association (1999)

Kelly MacKay

Ald. Kelly MacKay of the 7th District is running to become the next Mayor of Kenosha. As a lifelong resident, parent, and small business owner, Kelly is qualified and ready to take the helm of our beautiful city. Kelly has seen the ups and downs of our community throughout the years. He has a rich passion for the arts and culture of the Kenosha community, and in 2023 opened his own small arts venue in Downtown Kenosha called “White Lilac”. In its few months of operation, the venue has already brought in national touring artists in theatre, music, comedy, and more. Kelly hopes to see the continuation of Kenosha’s economic development and cultivate a community that puts quality of life, public safety, healthcare, and housing at the forefront of his policy. Kelly holds the belief that this is a critical moment for our city, as we find ourselves at an optimal time to capitalize on our location to attract corporations to retain local talent. Planting the seed of our shared future through well-thought-out community planning will be paramount. Kelly believes leadership is not a skill but a valuable lesson in listening, emphasizing empathy being the cornerstone of his campaign.  Kelly hopes to talk one-on-one with as many people as possible to help all of us imagine a place together that we love calling our home.

Andreas Meyer

Mary Morgan

Kenosha is my Hometown.   I grew up here and plan on growing old here.   I am a Mom and Grandma.   I am single,  AKA:  Mary Matson,  Mary Anderson. 

I had a wonderful career in the Medical Profession.   I was the Office Manager for Raza M. Khan,  M.D.  for 23 years,  and the Account Manager for Aaron M. Dworin, M.D. for 13 years.   I am currently retired and enjoying life to the fullest. 

I love hiking,  swimming,  golfing,  road tripping,  baking bread in my Dutch oven,  Farkle,  jigsaw puzzles,  reading,  tent camping with Girl Campers,  Great Lakes Circle Tours,  walking my dog  Charlie,  gardening,  and cleaning my house. 

I am a Conservative Constitutionalist.  I am a Trump 2024 supporter.  I am the Mayoral Candidate for Change for Kenosha.

Lydia Spottswood

Hello Kenosha County Eye readers. I’m Lydia Spottswood and I’m running to be our next Mayor. I’m running for Mayor because I believe I will be the strongest champion to move our City forward. 

 

I have served this City as Alderman, Common Council President, and Chair of the Public Safety & Welfare Committee. I also have served on many city, regional, and state committees to enhance our community. These experiences have allowed me to write policy, development, budgets, and strategy.

 

With this background, I know I can deliver on prioritizing public safety, fostering economic development, tackling the issue of affordable housing, and delivering on quality of life. These issues, which can be read in depth on my website, www.votespottswood.com, require leadership, partnership between private and public entities, and responsible stewardship of public dollars.

 

I’ve been married to Dr. Paul Spottswood, a retired US Army veteran, for 44 years. We are blessed with 3 wonderful children and 2 grandchildren. We enjoy volunteering in Kenosha for a cause including the Kenosha Community Health Center, the Southport Park Association, area nonprofits, and our church community.

 

I act with courage, respond with compassion, and am ready to build a bright future for the City we love. Visit www.votespottswood.com to learn more, connect further with me, or find ways to support this campaign!

 

In Service,

 

Lydia Spottswood

Koerri Elijah Washington

Kenosha City Council

District 3

Cortney Marshall

Cortney Marshall has resided in Kenosha for over 25 years .

Mr. Marshall works in education and is a licensed real estate agent in Wisconsin and Illinois. Along with that Cortney is an investor and philanthropist.

Mr. Marshall is a God fearing man who enjoys volunteering locally and spending time with family.

Mr. Marshall is determined to help improve the quality of life for others and has a strong passion for helping people reach their goals.

Jan Michalski

I’m running for reelection because I think Kenosha needs sound representation.  I always return calls and emails from constituents if I have contact info.  ALWAYS!  If it’s worth doing, I know how to get it done.  I’ve worked hard to clean up blighted areas of the district with some success.  Always more to do.  I’ve written, sponsored and passed ordinances that help beautify our neighborhoods and preserve property values.  I support our Police force, with the understanding that people in poorer rental neighborhoods deserve the same respect that those in more affluent areas receive.  Basically, I love this City and all my constituents.  I’m here to serve.

District 4

Cali Buchino

I’m Cali Buchino. I’m a Mom, a small business owner, and your next District 4 Alderperson. I put a corporate career on hold to pursue my dream of owning my own small business in my home community. Now, I want to be a voice for you on the City Council. I believe that progress requires doers and not politicians. I take an “earned not given” approach, and I will dedicate myself to being a strong voice with a fresh and relevant perspective. I’ll listen, I’ll ask tough questions, and more importantly- I’ll be available to respond to the needs of constituents. Please visit my website: www.cali4kenosha.com or contact me at buchinofor4th@gmail.com.

Holly Kangas

District 8

Peni Keeling

Ricky Romano

Ricky romano lived in kenosha a majority of my life and Florida through my teens years.  I decided to get into politics after working in Afghanistan and watching the news on my base on the riots and chaos that was going on in Kenosha and the inactiveness of our local leaders. I am family oriented and believe in hometown values.  One of my key values I follow by if elected is the saying from J.F.K ( ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.) In my mind is for government to not depend on themselves to make the decisions, but to listen to their constituents and follow their words  when making the decisions that would best reflect and represent the community as a whole.

I have seen far to many of our local leader look the constituents in the eyes and say they agree with them, just to turn around and do the exact opposite.  I am one not to do that, I gather all my information,  conduct in-depth data and will hold community options forums before I make a decision on a vote.

District 10

Anthony Kennedy

Kathryn Woods

District 14

Kenny Harper

Kenny Harper is a dedicated community advocate and lifetime resident of Kenosha. With a passion for service and a commitment to positive change. Kenny currently serves as a member of the Kenosha County Board of Health & is running for Alderman in the 14th District to represent the needs and aspirations of the community. Kenny is FIRST a husband & father, who’s love for family fuels his hunger to create better opportunities for the community. After leaving Chicago, Kenny settled in Kenosha. Over the last 20 years he has built relationships in the community which gave him insight into a dire need. His areas of focus include Tax Preparation & Planning, Strategies for rebuilding credit, using insurance to build and protect wealth & many other techniques for improving personal finances.

Joel Trudell

District 16

Steven Guion

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Dominic Ruffalo

I’m Dominic Ruffalo – Alderperson since 2018 
I serve on the water commission, public works commission and am chairman of the storm water committee. I am married and a lifelong resident of the city of Kenosha and raising a granddaughter. I also help bring millions of tax dollars into the city and in my 16th district – a lot of jobs also. I have only missed one meeting since 2018.

County Board

District 2

Terry W. Rose

Professional awards:

2008- David Niblack Award

          Wisconsin Association Criminal Defense Attorney

2023-Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

          Kuchler-Nicholson- Sterling Sensitive Crimes award.

1991- Attorney of the year- State of Wisconsin Civil Liberties Union

*A rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell, the leading Law directory in the United States.

Public Safety: Supported adding 5 more Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies

Mental Hearing: Supported Lake Behavior Health to increase mental health services

Opioid Crisis: Supported establishment of programs to fight opioid addiction

Economic development: Supported Kenosha Area Business Alliance Funding including High Impact Fund.

Finance: Chair Finance Committee

          County given AAA Bond rating by Standard and Poors

*Advocated and Adopted Health insurance coverage for domestic partners

Rose graduated from Bradford High School, Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School with a Juris Doctor.

Stephanie Knezz

District 3

Jeffrey Gentz

Annette Flynn

Annette Flynn has lived in Kenosha with her husband, Matt , and their ten children, Nathan, Nolan, Logan, Liam, Madison, Maison,Maddymo, Marley, Landon and Mollie for over 25 years She and her husband have owned and operated Sophisticatering since 1992 working side by side catering numerous events in southeastern Wisconsin  and northern Illinois.  She loves the challenge of catering large events like the Madrigal Feaste at Tremper High School for the past 19 years. She has a financial background which helped their business survive a two year shut down from Covid. 


Annette has been a Parent mentor and advocate for TACA (The Autism Community in Action) for  over 15 years  not only for this program but for her 2 autistic children and other parents with special needs clildren. Annette has tossed around the idea of running for office for sometime now and she finally has the time to run. Annette would have voted differently than her opponent on many items. She would like to give back to the community to make Kenosha a better place not only for her family but for everyone in Kenosha.

District 5

Brian Thomas

Re-Elect Brian Thomas Kenosha County Board Supervisor – District 5

Since gaining the  trust Kenosha County District 5 in April of 2022, for his first term.  Supervisor Thomas has developed into an influential leader of the County Board.  Serving as the Chairman of Legislative Committee, Member of the Public Works Committee, Member of the County Board Executive Committee and Appointed to the Racial Equity Ethnicity Commission.

Supervisor Thomas is a small business owner for the past 36 years, all business based in Kenosha. Industrial Safety Controls, Inc.   Industrial Safety Sales, Inc.   Kenosha Running Company, Inc

Results of his extensive research pertaining the Youth and Education in our county  he made detailed presentation to the Wisconsin State Assembly Task Force on Truancy in December of 2023.  Identifying  key elements to the high rate of Habitual Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism in KUSD. 

Supervisor Thomas pledges  to continue to his research into other areas that effect our Community as he has done the past 18 months.   Current research also includes; (1) reviewing  wide range to agreements the County has made with other Governmental bodies, non for profits and for profit entities (2)  reviewing current safety policies, procedures and practices (3) identifying areas that the County can better support the Community with the discretionary aspects of the County  Budget (4) Strengthening our Public Safety through the Sheriff’s Department

Additional Priorities for his next term:  (1) Focusing more on prevention for Juvenile Delinquency and Correction. (2) Prioritizing Discretionary Spending that invests in our Community  (3) Expansion of Affordable Housing   (4)  Continued Support of Public safety at All Levels

Vote for to Re-Elect County Board Supervisor Brian Thomas on April 2nd

Contact Supervisor Thomas by email  BrianforKenosha@gmail.com

David Arrington

District 6

Andres Gama

Duane P. O’Keefe

I have lived in Kenosha since 1992. I have been a professional automotive technician since 1985. I started my own business in 2002, still operating. 

In 2011 I became a volunteer public safety diver for the Kenosha county dive team/scout leader rescue. I was also a volunteer for the racial and ethnic equality commission. 

       When I moved to this community, Kenosha, I was pretty much homeless. Fortunately, I had a marketable skill. 

       Married in 1997, together we raised 5 children in Kenosha. One of which, who is active duty with the United States Air Force.  

So when I’m asked what I stand for, this position should not be what I myself stand for, but what are the people in the district, the neighborhoods, the families, the individuals who make up this District need and to give them a voice. I feel that a representative needs to be approachable. They need to be willing to listen. No one person should be left to make decisions that affect us all. 

In the 21 plus years I have been in business I have yet to see my County Supervisor or my alderman come in just to ask how is business, or even an introduction. Show the people that make up the district you represent that you care and are willing to listen to concerns or ideas. You’re not in this position to push your own agenda.  You are there to make decisions that affect the community and the people that live and work there. 

“As a small business owner in Kenosha, I understand the struggles and challenges families face today. And I want to fight for the hard working people of Kenosha.”

District 8

Zach Rodriguez

Zach Rodriguez was proudly raised and educated in Kenosha. He now owns Rodriguez Investigations & Security, and specializes in high-risk security solutions. When not operating his business, he oversees performance and security operations at one of the nations largest grocers. He was first elected to the county board in 2018, and as he is still the elected voice for the Sunnyside, Lincoln Park, and Uptown neighborhoods, he serves as the Vice-Chair of the Judiciary & Law Committee. He has also previously served on the Public Works, Human Services, Planning & Development, and Executive Committees. 

 Zach has brought massive progress to Kenosha county this term, which he’s very proud of. He worked hard to make Kenosha safer by hiring more law enforcement personnel. He voted to approve mental health services offered at Lake Behavioral Health, ensuring support for those in need. He also voted for historic investments in county road improvements. On top of all that, he even lowered your property tax bill. Zach loves his community and is thankful for his time on the county board. He hopes to be re-elected to his fourth term this April.

Sarah Kirby

District 10

Andy Berg

Felix Garcia

District 11

Zack Stock

Guida Brown

Guida Brown is a lifelong Kenoshan who made the nonprofit sector in Kenosha County her career. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Marquette University and a master’s degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University, she served as the Executive Director of Women and Children’s Horizons, the Director of Human Resources and Training of AM Community Credit Union, and, most recently, as the Executive Director of the Hope Council on Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse, Inc. After serving for over 13 years, she resigned from that position in June 2022. 

She has also served as an adjunct member of the faculty at Concordia University, UW-Parkside, Gateway Technical College, and Carthage College and is currently the principal of Guided by Guida, a consultancy that specializes in substance use disorders and nonprofits. 

She is married to David McGrath, and they live with their five dogs (they’re licensed “pet fanciers!) in the home her family has owned since 1929. Guida has lived her entire life in that house in the center of town. 

District 14

Tim Stocker

Tim Stocker has lived in Kenosha for 38 years – 37 years with his wife Sherri and 4 children. He has 29 years’ experience in the Healthcare industry. Tim was elected in 2022 to the County Board and has served on the Human Services, Finance & Administration and Public Works/Facilities Committees. Also serves on the Kenosha County Library System Board. Tim is grateful for being able to serve his community by lower taxes, making our County safer by adding five Sheriff personnel and protecting our 2nd Amendment rights. If re-elected he will continue pursuing fiscal responsibility and investing in the Sheriff’s office so that public safety is enhanced. Tim will continue to pursue having our libraries put adult material in an adult only location to protect our children.

Roseann Baldauf-Shales

District 16

Frederick Brookhouse

Erica MillarAPRN, CNM, DMS

Erica Millar is a Wisconsin native and enjoys living with her husband, Anthony, four children, and elderly father in Pleasant Prairie. She is the proud daughter, wife, and mother of military veterans. She has over 20 years’ experience working as a Certified Nurse Midwife and a professor at University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN. She has spent significant time outside of the United States, living in both Ireland and Puerto Rico, giving her a love for global missions and healthcare. She has led many transcultural nursing trips both to Ecuador and Ireland, most recently bringing the first hand-held ultrasound into the Amazon jungle of Ecuador. Erica is the Vice President of the Turning Point USA Faith chapter for Kenosha and Racine Counties. She has experience serving on various boards for local and international organizations. 

Erica is hoping to bring her skills to the Kenosha County Board. As a strong supporter of law enforcement, she looks forward to protecting policies that enhance community well-being and security. She’s fiscally conscientious and will work with fellow board members to reduce wasteful spending while prioritizing things that will make a difference for our residents – things like public safety, access to high quality/compassionate health care and supporting our veterans and the elderly. She sees her unique expertise as a way to shape a safe, healthier, and more resilient community.  

District 17

Monica Yuhas

Hello, readers of the Kenosha County Eye. I am a lifelong resident of Kenosha County. My
husband and I chose to build our lives, raise our family, and build our home in Kenosha County
because of the quality of life it offers.

Serving on the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors and actively participating on committees
like the Human Services Committee, Legislative Committee, and Kenosha Joint Services
underlines my commitment to addressing issues and making informed decisions that impact
County residents. I have also served on the Public Works and Facilities Committee, Judiciary
and Law Enforcement Committee, and Finance and Administration Committee.


I am currently a Youth in Governance mentor to two high school students and have been a
mentor for the past three years. In my role as a mentor for the Youth In Governance program
demonstrates a dedication to fostering the next generation of leaders. Working one-on-one
with high school students, facilitating conversations, and empowering students with
knowledge about County government can have a lasting positive influence on their civic
engagement and understanding of County Government.


My dedication to Kenosha County and its residents is reflected in my volunteerism and
contribution of my time and talents to community service. I am currently a member of the
Pleasant Prairie Woman’s Club, Southern Lakes Credit Union Board of Directors, and a
Pleasant Prairie Historical Society Member. I also have volunteered and continue to support
the Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue Department and Pleasant Prairie Police Department in
various ways.

Jonathan Butenuth

Jon Butenuth and his wife Karen have been married for 28 years and live in Pleasant Prairie.  They have two children Jake and Ellie. Jake is a teacher in Milwaukee and Ellie is a Junior at Olivet University studying psychology. Karen works at Christian Life School as the International Student Director. For the past six years, Jon and Karen have had the pleasure of hosting International students attending high school in the United States. They currently host students from China and South Korea.  Jon enjoys coaching baseball, basketball, and most recently golf.

Jon currently works for Xerox Corporation as an account executive for the state of Wisconsin. His position has given him the opportunity to understand the issues and challenges businesses face. Before coming to Xerox, Jon worked as a Financial Advisor for 15 years. Jon’s is looking forward to bringing his business and financial acumen to the County Board

District 18

Eric Meadows

Resident of Pleasant Prairie running for Kenosha County Board Supervisor – District 18.

Husband, Father, Christian

Currently serve on KUSD School Board

IT Project Manager

Passionate about protecting God-given rights and limiting government power and overreach.

Justine Hammelev-Jones

District 19

Brian Bashaw

Keith Gray

Keith Gray and his wife, Joanne, enjoy living in western Kenosha County in  beautiful Bristol. Prior to running for Kenosha County Board District 19, he served three terms on the local school board, eight years as Board President. Keith is small business owner, employing nearly 50 people with an office in Silver Lake. The company restores and manages natural land resources such as lakes, ponds, woodlands, wetlands, and prairies.

Keith’s priorities on the county board will be fighting government overreach and mandates, investing in public safety, and ensuring fiscal accountability. Keith will always vote his conservative principles and believes there is no place for turncoat politicians. 

District 20

John Poole

Bio of John Poole, Candidate for Kenosha Co. Board, District 20
Address: 6245 237th Ave, Paddock Lake, WI 53168

Married 49 years to Carolyn Poole, who passed away in 2023.

US Marine – Vietnam veteran, discharged as Sergeant, E-5
Former Treasurer at my church
Treasurer of Kenosha County Republican Party for 5 years
2 adult children, 4 Grandchildren
Accounting Degree with over 40 years experience
Worked in auditing, manufacturing, distribution, and non-profit companies
Kenosha County Board Supervisor for 4 terms from 2014 to 2024

John Poole has lived in Paddock Lake with his wife, Carolyn for over 15 years. John
was first elected in 2014, and is currently serving on the Finance & Administration, and
Legislative Committees. John is proud of the many accomplishments from the 2022-
2024 term, such as increasing public safety by investing in five new Sheriff’s
Department personnel, reducing the county portion of our property tax bills, and
protecting your 2nd Amendment rights. If re-elected he will continue to prioritize
supporting Samantha Kerkman and her agenda, public safety, fixing our county roads,
and ensuring fiscal accountability to keep your property taxes low.

Michael La Forge

I am a program manager and healthcare professional originally from Bristol, Wisconsin. I am an Air Force Veteran, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and I attended the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. In my spare time I enjoy playing chess, hockey, and weightlifting. Some of the current issues that I care about most are accessible healthcare and affordable housing. 

District 21

Mark Nordigian

Mark Noridigan lives in the Town of Randall with Corinne, his wife, for over 34 years and has 3 children, Gina, Dominic and Talia.

Mark is a quality professional in manufacturing and a former Town of Randall Supervisor, 1994 – 2004. Mark is currently the Chairman of Kenosha County Public Works Department and also serves on the Executive and Judiciary & Law Committees.  Mark is very committed to improving the lives of all the Kenosha County residents. Supporting increasing public safety by investing in 5 new Sheriff department personnel. Working on additional public and private partnerships and since 2018 when Mark was elected to the County board, Mark has been the driving force behind removing all of the costs of running the County owned golf courses from the backs of the county residents. This was accomplished in 2023 when Mark became the Chairman of the Public Works Department. Another area Mark has supported the county residents are in our 2nd amendment rights.  Mark will continue to work on improving county roads and ensuring the county’s fiscal accountability.

Steven Murdoch

District 22

Erin Decker

Erin Decker has lived in Silver Lake with her husband, Mike, and two children, Elinor and Elliot for over 20 years. She and her husband own an automotive repair business in Kenosha. Erin was first elected in 2010, and is currently the vice-chair of the county board, serving on the Finance & Administration, Judiciary and Law, and Executive Committees. Erin is proud of the many accomplishments from the 2022-2024 session, such as increasing public safety by investing in five new Sheriff’s Department personnel, reducing the county portion of our property tax bills, and protecting your 2nd Amendment rights. If re-elected she will continue to prioritize public safety, fixing our county roads, and ensuring fiscal accountability.

Ray Arbet

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    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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63 Responses

  1. Mayoral elections are typically non-partisan, but in seeing that Kelly Mackay has decided to run for mayor… I think it’s important for the citizens of Kenosha to be aware of his political views, which he has made extremely public and loud on his Facebook page. Going back to 2019 on Facebook, Kelly repeatedly bashes Donald Trump and praises Bernie Sanders. He was convinced that Bernie was going to win the presidency and that Trump should be removed from office.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this info that clarifies such terrific views. Alone, it doesn’t speak to ability to be a great mayor, but it does display honesty, integrity, and the willingness to speak truth to power.

    1. I am hoping to make a grass roots bid for my write-in candidacy.

      I vote for me will benefit me.

      Thank you for your support.

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    1. Kenosha will also go down for the most unqualified candidates running for Mayor. It’s a shame, our city deserves better.

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  2. I just hope that us in Allendale get the Planned Parenhood and Marihuana dispensary we voted for and deserve. In our neighborhood! Mayor Antaramian won’t let us down. Kenosha Strong!

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      1. You prefer non-viable pregnancies be forced to natural birth so that, should a baby be born alive at all, they suffer extreme pain and suffering only to die by suffocation within minutes or hours of birth? Not to mention the fact that maternal mortality rates since forcing such horrific situations have skyrocketed. Or that forcing children be born to parent(s) unable and/or willing to raise them is to doom them to grow up unloved, impoverished, neglected, abused, (etc) or often all of the above? YOU are the “baby killer” here.
        P.S. Unless you’re referring to your own potential pregnancy, your (wholly misinformed and malicious) opinion is irrelevant.

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    1. We also stand with Ukraine, BLM, Experimental Vaccine mandates, Israel and any other retarded cause du jour the DNC tells us to.
      Kenosha Strong!

    2. This is obviously a troll because no one voted for Planned Parenthood. that doesnt even make sense. Also, no one in favor of weed would spell it marihuana LOL. And remember that 88% of kenosha voted yes for weed, but Antaramian was very against it. Go back in your cave, troll.

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      1. And 100% of small children in the cookie aisle would vote for filling the cart up with nothing else.

    3. I hope not! That would be the worst thing to happen to Allendale and Kenosha. We don’t need to be killing babies in our town or a bunch of MJ users making Kenosha a disgrace.

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  3. Peni Keeling? Really?

    She was a loyal Police and Fire Commissioner who sold her soul to get a full time job as a secretary for Police Chief John Morrissey. She of the Commissioners who appointed Morrissey as the police chief even though he had a fake college degree. Morrissey rewarded her with the job as his confidential secretary.

    She is now City Administrator Morrissey’s and Mayor Antaranium’s confidential secretary. She is a little noticed and quiet player in the incestuous and systemic culture of corruption that infects Kenosha Government. A vote for her is a vote to support the continuation of this corruption.

    Wow! Things are bad in our town!

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  4. So is the qualification to run for mayor or office in Kenosha to have multiple arrests and DUI’s. What a joke of candidates

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  5. John Poole has and will continue to fight for the tax payers of Kenosha County. Experience does matter, in John’s case it truly has made a difference.

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    1. Poole admits to being a Kerkman “yes man” meanwhile the county is in utter disarray.

      Kerkman has been a disaster, and we’re only halfway through this mess.

  6. These are not good options. It’s so crazy to me that ,every election, our candidates get worse. I’ve always thought about throwing my hat in the ring but I know it wouldn’t be successful because I was in constant trouble as a teen and young adult. But, I know I’d do a better job than most of these people.

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  7. well, since poor behaviour seems to be a prerequisite, maybe you should throw your hat in the ring. You probably would do better!

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  8. Why do we need a city administrator if you have a Mayor .. More liberal boot licking . I vote for non ..

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  9. Mayors who say they are Republican but aren’t. These are old dickhead alderman. We need more new blood. Not just dumocrats. Michalski should just go away.

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  10. Too bad there’s no competition in the City’s Unlucky 13th Aldermanic Position.
    It looks like the district will continue be in control of a power hungry dictator the current occupier has always proven to be.

  11. I would vote , however I do not have a socalist Democratic Party membership card . With so many levels of Kenosha government being packed with socalist it’s very hard to believe that mindset will change .

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  12. And now the city council gave the green light to the casino project AFTER the deadline for filing nomination papers.

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  13. Mayoral candidates with records, publicly bashing police, no job, no vehicle. Kenosha is fucked. Joel Trudell running for anything besides on a treadmill is a complete embarrassment for that district. Sgt hard… well that speaks for itself. All these turds want to run just for the position. They will not and don’t work!

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    1. Said Mayoral “candidate” will not win, and we all know that! He is just hungry for attention and making a bigger fool of himself than he already has!

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  14. “Michael La Forge
    I am a program manager and healthcare professional originally from Bristol, Wisconsin. I am an Air Force Veteran, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and I attended the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. In my spare time I enjoy playing chess, hockey, and weightlifting. Some of the current issues that I care about most are accessible healthcare and affordable housing”

    This one paragraph self description is pretty weak for someone running against a long time incumbent.
    “Program manager” What kind of programs ?
    “Health care professional” What does that mean ?
    Doctor ? Nurse ? Management ?
    Originally from Bristol. Where do you live now ?
    Air Force. Good. Peace Corp. Also good.
    Undergraduate and graduate degrees. In What ?
    Hobbies ? I could care less !!!
    Are you looking for a date ??
    Current issues you care about.
    “accessible healthcare and affordable housing”
    Ok. But what are you proposing to do to increase either of those ?
    KCE has plenty of room here to print your answers to these questions.
    Please take the weekend to rewrite your bio and what you’re planning to do if you unseat John Poole. Because this one paragraph looks more like a dating app description than a political soapbox speech.
    Not impressed yet. Work on it.

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      1. Maybe. But he and the others here aren’t running against the whole field. Just one other.
        Is he better than John Poole ??

        Answer that !

        1. My comment that he was more qualified than 90% is meant as an indictment of the other people running. It wasn’t meant to say he is at all qualified in general.

  15. I thought the picture and biography of Lydia Spottswood were quite accurate. She’s a nothing burger.

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  16. Lots of opportunities to toss incumbents! Can’t vote for the same (literal) shit and expect things to improve.

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  17. Imagine being the guy with multiple DUIs and running for mayor and acts a fool every Sunday on Facebook drunk, with a watching bears lose live. Wow

  18. Question about Tony Garcia, what is his profession? Seems like he has an extensive educational background. Does he currently work full time?

  19. I don’t know what is worse:
    The poor choices we have for these positions, or that you pathetic stupid people who comment on here will be voting….

  20. Someone running for Mayor of a city, especially the size of Kenosha, should have previous political experience and a proven track record. Just having a your own hyped up, incomplete list of so called accomplishments is not enough. For those bashing these with foul remarks, you should quit, Kenosha has had enough of the hate talk. If you don’t like the candidate, don’t vote for them.

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