Sadly, this could be the most contested Washington County Board election in a generation.
Earlier this year, the Washington County Board of Supervisors voted to downsize from 30 to 26 members as part of a larger government reorganization effort.
At the July 14 County Board meeting, supervisors voted on what the redistricted county would look like for the 2016 election, when everyone will run for their respective seat. Only two supervisors voted against the draft plan, which the board ultimately passed.
This means there may be up to four contested elections with eight incumbents in the spring.
The county has redrawn districts 3, 8, 13 and 22 as effective next year, with two incumbents each in their borders.
County Board Chairman and District 2 Supervisor Herb Tennies and District 3 Supervisor Ralph Hensel will both reside in the new district 3. The area covers the west-central and southwestern sections of West Bend.
Tennies announced earlier this year he would not run again for county board chairman after holding the title for eight years. County Board chairperson is elected by supervisors, not popular vote.
Tennies has not made up his mind whether he will run again for county board supervisor, however. He said he will make the announcement in the fall, when supervisors take out election papers.