After a 10-year hiatus, Mary Kay Poehlman will be returning to public office.
Poehlman, who served on Waupaca’s Common Council from 1992 to 2002, is running unopposed to represent the 12th District on the Waupaca County Board.
She will be replacing Paul Hagen, who decided not to run for re-election this year.
A retired nurse, Poehlman worked for more than 30 years at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.
She was born in Oshkosh and graduated from Omro High School in 1969. In 1971, Poehlman graduated from Fox Valley Technical College and became a licensed practical nurse. She also participated in the 2002 class of the Waupaca County Leadership program.
She owned the Riverview Cafe in downtown Waupaca from 1998 until she sold the business in 2005. She has also been a member of Waupaca Lioness Club for about 30 years.
In 2000, Poehlman made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination to represent Waupaca County in the state Assembly.
Poehlman believes her experience as a member of the city’s Finance, Personnel and Public Works committees have helped prepare her for the county board.
“I have started attending some of the county’s committee meetings to see the differences between how the county and the city operate,” Poehlman said. “There will be a learning curve.”
Poehlman indicated that she was concerned about budget problems due to cutbacks in state aid and about new personnel policies now that the state has virtually eliminated collective bargaining for public workers.
“I don’t necessarily agree with some of the cuts the governor made for state employees. They had already agreed to a contract prior to him becoming governor,” Poehlman said.