More than 100 residents attended the Union town caucus Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The purpose of the caucus was to nominate candidates for the April 2 election for town chairman, supervisor I, supervisor II, clerk and treasurer.
Residents were allowed to nominate candidates for each office. If there were more than two candidates nominated for a position, residents voted, with the two nominees receiving the most votes moving on to be placed on the ballot for the election in April.
Marcy Wentworth, Lee Werth and Roger Henschel were nominated for town chairman. Wentworth received 49 votes, while Henschel received 28 and Werth received 22. Wentworth and Henschel will be on the ballot.
Barb Nollenberg, the incumbent town chair, did not seek nomination for re-election.
After the vote, some in attendance questioned whether non-residents had voted because the vote total didn’t match the number of residents who had signed in. After further review, it was determined a few residents showed up after the vote was initiated, and two couples had signed their names on the same line which threw off the count.
Three candidates were nominated for supervisor I. They were Gary Schoen, Bob Phelan and Werth. Phelan received 47 votes, while Schoen received 28 and Werth received 25. Phelan and Schoen will be on the ballot.
David Heideman, Werth, Kent Casey and Walter Strebe were nominated for the supervisor II office. Heideman and Werth will be on the ballot after receiving 58 and 26 votes, respectively. Strebe received 17 votes and Casey received four.
While the ballots were being counted for supervisor II, someone, who turned out to be a non-resident of Union, was seen walking around the room showing a small piece of paper to those in attendance. When an official asked what he was doing, he said he was just talking to people. Some in attendance asked to see what was written on the piece of paper, to which this person said that he didn’t have a piece of paper.
Three candidates were nominated for clerk – Sharon Olsen, Jane Dietz and Kelly Norton. Olsen received 59 votes, Dietz 28 votes and Norton 15 votes. Olsen and Dietz will be on the ballot.
Two votes were not counted in this contest because the ballots contained the first name of one candidate and the last name of another candidate.
The current town clerk, Clyde Tellock, did not seek re-election.
Only two candidates were nominated for treasurer, incumbent Sandra Worth and Donna Simons. Both will be on the ballot in April.