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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 20:31

Decisions of town supervisor, city alderman not to seek additional terms open door for changes in spring 

The Port Washington Town Board and the Port Washington Common Council will each have at least one new official next year.

Ald. Kevin Rudser has filed non-candidacy papers for his 5th District seat.

“I just don’t have enough hours in the day,” he said, especially with an active young family.

Rudser, who represents the city’s 5th District, has been an alderman since 2013.

Jonathan Pleitner, who on Tuesday was named to the Parks and Recreation Board, has taken out nomination papers for the seat, City Clerk Susan Westerbeke said.

Three other aldermanic seats will also be on the spring ballot — the 1st District seat held by Mike Ehrlich, 3rd District seat held by Bill Driscoll and 7th District seat held by Dan Becker. Each has taken out nomination papers but not returned them.

In the Town, Supr. Jim Rychtik will not seek re-election, Town Chairman Jim Melichar announced Monday.

“There’s an opening on the Town Board we will be looking at filling in spring,” Melichar said.

Rychtik, who was first elected to the board in 2011, said Tuesday that he is moving out of the township.

“It was a darn good board to work with,” he said. “But it’s time for somebody else. It’s been long enough.”

Melichar and Town Supr. Mike Didier said Monday they plan to seek re-election.

There are three Port Washington-Saukville School Board seats that will also be on the April ballot.

They include the City of Port Washington post currently held by Brian McCutcheon, Village of Saukville seat held by Sara McCutcheon and Town of Port seat held by Marchell Longstaff.

Nomination papers for the city and town seats are due at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.

School Board candidates must file a registration statement and declaration of candidacy by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Incumbents have until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, to file non-candidacy papers if they are not seeking re-election. If they fail to do so, the deadline for nomination papers will be extended by 72 hours.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 4.

If more than two candidates seek any one office, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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