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Candidates chosen for Dane County Board contests

Candidates chosen for Dane County Board contests

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Voters in Madison and Stoughton whittled down the number of candidates who will be on the April 3 ballot for Dane County Board.

District 2 voters chose Heidi M. Wegleitner, a staff attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc., and Adam Plotkin, legislative liaison at the state Public Defender’s Office, to face off in the general election. Incumbent Barbara Vedder chose not to run again.

To the south in District 35, the winners were Carl T. Chenoweth, senior civil engineer at Resource Engineering Associates Inc., and Paul Lawrence, real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Success. Chenoweth and Lawrence are members of the Stoughton City Council.

One of them will replace Denise Duranczyk, who didn’t seek another term.

Sixteen of the 37 board seats will be contested on April 3.

The elections will determine whether the board’s conservative minority will continue to have the 10 votes needed to block borrowing initiatives.

Board Chairman Scott McDonell has said liberals can win back two seats lost in the 2010 elections and eliminate the bloc of 10, which twice has shot down borrowing for capital spending.

Ten of the board’s 14 conservatives blocked $25.9 million in bonding in September. McDonell and others said the move put county finances at risk. The borrowing was approved three weeks later, but $2.6 million for such items as land acquisitions, a pedestrian bridge, computers and building renovations was removed. In December, the group blocked $937,000 to fix dams and locks.

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