Oak Creek to hit the polls

Town voters will decide on mayor, four Town Board seats

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What: Oak Creek municipal election

When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today

Where: Oak Creek Town Hall,

129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

Other: Registered voters must take a form of photo identification

— Oak Creek voters will have plenty of options when they head to the polls today to elect a mayor and four Town Board trustees.

Today's municipal election features three candidates for mayor and 10 candidates for four Town Board seats. The polls open at 7 a.m. and won't close until the last person in line at 7 p.m. has cast his or her ballot.

Oak Creek has 594 registered voters, and if recent history holds true, almost half of them will punch a paper ballot today. In the town's 2006 election, 44 percent of registered voters turned out. In 2004, 45 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

This year's election features a multitude of candidates who have raised concerns about a number of pressing issues for the town, including the state of its budget, the handling of its police department, completion of the town's Comprehensive Plan, and an increasing need and demand for services and infrastructure upgrades.

Candidates for mayor are current Mayor J. Elliott, former mayor Gerry Greenwood and former Town Board member Bill Paxton. The top vote-getter will serve a two-year term.

Candidates for Town Board trustee are incumbents Steve "Spike" Beven, John Crawford and Chuck Wisecup, and challengers Larry "L.A." Anderson, David Ege, Bernard Gagne, Wendy Gustafson, Cal Martindale, Josh Voorhis and Richard Wisecup. The top three vote-getters will serve four-year terms. The fourth-highest vote-getter will serve a two-year term.

The winners will be sworn in at the April 10 meeting of the Town Board.

Oak Creek voters will cast paper ballots at Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd. There will be four election judges supervising the polls throughout the day, Town Clerk Karen Halterman said. Three counting judges will tally the votes after the polls close tonight.

"We hand count, so we'll begin as soon as the last person votes," Halterman said. "I expect it will take at least three hours to count the votes."

Judges will post the results on the front door to Town Hall as soon as the counting is complete.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today's Web site, www.steamboatpilot.com, also will post the results as soon as they are available.

Halterman also sought to remind candidates and their supporters that it is against the law to campaign for a candidate within 100 feet of the polling place, Town Hall.

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