KAUKAUNA — Early voting for the Feb 21 primary will begin Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023 through Friday, Feb. 17, 2023; Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. All voters should vote at the Municipal Services Building. There will be no drop box for absentee ballots.

Kaukauna voters will have the county board executive race as well as the Wisconsin Supreme Court on their ballot for the Feb. 21, 2023 primary. Races for Kaukauna City Council and School Board will have no primary and will be decided April 4, 2023. (see below).

Current county Executive Tom Nelson will be challenged by Justin Krueger of Combined Locks and Kevin Sturn of Greenville.

To learn more about each candidate, click on the link in their name above to go to their campaign website.

In the Supreme Court race, Jennifer Dorow, Daniel Kelly, Everett Mitchell and Janet Protasiewicz are running in the primary for an open seat. The top two vote-getters will advance to the nonpartisan general election on April 4, 2023.

Justice Patience Roggensack’s term will expire on July 31, 2023. Roggensack is not running for re-election.

Although the race is officially non-partisan, candidates have been increasingly supported and promoted by Republicans or Democrats and have shared either left-leaning or right leaning views.

The current court is considered to have a 4-3 conservative majority. With Roggensack—a member of the court’s conservative majority—retiring, this election will determine the ideological control of the court.

Mitchell and Protasiewicz are running as liberal candidates. Kelly and Dorow are running as conservative candidates, according to a race summary on the election monitoring website, Balletpedia.org.

The Wisconsin State Journal in Madison did a Q&A with each of the candidates. READ HERE.

In local races to be decided in April, four candidates are running for two Kaukauna Area School District Board of Education seats in April 2023 will be contested.

Current board member Joe Huss is not running for re-election, so four candidates will be running for two open seats on the board, according to the district office.

  • Sue Gertz, incumbent
  • Charles West 
  • Dale Antoine
  • Tracy LyBoualong

Also on the ballot for the April 4, 2023 election, two of the four Kaukauna City Council seats on the ballot will be contested.

  • District 1 – Marty DeCoster (I) faces Liz Walker
  • District 3 – Brian Schell (I) faces Chris Britten

Kelli Antoine in District 2 and Pennie Thiele in District 4 are running unopposed.



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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.