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Three vying for Thayer North Ward seat

Thursday, December 22, 2011

With nearly four weeks remaining in the open filing period for 16 local municipal and school board elections on the April 2012 ballot, a three-way race has emerged in Thayer.

Incumbent Mike Harber, seeking his fourth term as Thayer North Ward alderman, is challenged by newcomer Jacqueline Bunting and former Alderman Robert "Bob" Freeman who gave up his seat in April in a bid for mayor.

Thayer Mayor Earl "Buddy" Rogers, with 30 years on the board, defeated Freeman 290-151. Freeman served two years as alderman.

Bunting is the wife of former Thayer assistant police chief Michael Bunting, who filed suit against the city last month. (See the story at the top of the page.)

Harber and Freeman filed on opening day, Dec. 12, and will be listed in that order on the ballot. Bunting filed Dec. 16.

Also on the Thayer board, Alderman Steve Alford has filed for his fifth term as South Ward alderman.

No one has yet filed for the seats held by long-time Alton city board members Mayor Richard Haigwood and the alderman at large seats held by Tom Young and Steven Crider.

No one has filed in Koshkonong for the seats held by Mayor Tom Lowe and aldermen-at-large Rachel Prince and Jeremy Whittingham. Lowe, a former alderman and mayor, took office again as mayor in November 2009 after former Mayor Lloyd Adams stepped down for personal reasons. Lowe was elected to the seat in April 2010.

Area school boards

Carrie Tucker has filed to retain her seat on the Thayer School Board. No one has filed for the position held by Randy Ward.

In Couch, No one has filed for the three-year seats held by Jeff Lawrence and Tim Garrison or the two-year seat held by Larry Janes.

In Koshkonong, No one has field for the three-year seats held by Noval Willbanks and Sheila Miller and the two-year seat held by Joan Billingsly.

The filing period ends at the close of business on Jan. 17, 2012. Candidates must file with the city clerk or school superintendent's office for the positions they are seeking.

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