Tadda, Noshay Win Falls School Board Election

Jennifer Grant wins the District 7 Waukesha County Supervisor position, and Janel Brandtjen defeats James T. Dwyer.

In a School Board election that seemed to hinge on the teachers contract and Act 10, three conservative candidates emerged to compete for a seat on the board along with incumbent David Noshay. 

When the polls closed and the results came in, one of those self-proclaimed conservatives, Paul A. Tadda, claimed a seat on the board. Noshay also defended his seat on the board and was also re-elected.

Tadda defeated the field of candidates by 10 points raking in 34 percent of the vote, or a total of 4,029. Noshay reclaimed his seat by receiving 24 percent of the vote, or 2,801 votes. Tadda claimed the lionshare of the votes in every single voting ward in the village.

Michele Divelbiss raked in 22 percent of the vote, or 2,661 votes. R.L. Houdek rounded out the field with 20 percent of the vote, or 2,388 votes.

"I'm humbled by the voters and I look forward to working with the administration and the rest of the board," Tadda said Tuesday. "I've been working at this a long time and started back in January and never gave up. My basic conservative message resonated well."

Noshay could not be reached Tuesday for comment on his victory.

Tadda, Houdek and Divelbiss all were public about their conservative values. Both Houdek and Tadda received endorsements from the Menomonee Falls Taxpayers Association. Now that Tadda has earned a seat on the board, he said there will be eyes watching him.

"There's going to be a lot of people watching and conservatives will have high expectations," Tadda said.

The results are not final until canvassed by the Menomonee Falls School District April 10.

Menomonee Falls School Board Results

Candidate Percentage Total votes Paul A. Tadda

David Noshay (i)


Michele Divelbiss


R.L. Houdek



Waukesha County Board Race

Janel Brandtjen pulled off a suprise victory against Waukesha County Board Chairman James T. Dwyer. Jennifer Grant posted a strong victory for the District 7 race.

Results for the District 7 race are still not official as results from Waukesha County have not been completely posted.

District 5

Candidate Percentage Total votes Janel Brandtjen
James T. Dwyer

District 7 - Menomonee Falls Portion

Candidate Percentage Total Votes Jennifer Grant 72.5% 785 Michael Hyland 27.5% 298

Village President Randy Newman and Municipal Court Judge Bradley Matthiesen filed nomination papers and each will serve another term as they both ran uncontested.

MF Mom of 4 April 04, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Let's hope Mr.Tadda realizes he has an equal responsibility to the students of Menomonee Falls as well as the tax-payers and keeps the district moving in a positive direction.
FallsConservative April 04, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Mr. Tadda will be just fine. It's the remaining board members that I worry about
Dave April 04, 2012 at 12:29 PM
bye bye Jim Dwyer
Clark April 04, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Brandtjen ran a dirty campaign. Sometimes the best person/leader doesn't always win.
Menoparent April 04, 2012 at 01:23 PM
It saddens me that the tea party radicals have brainwashed most people in this county and has not caught up with the rest of the country that knows it's over! Their tough talk is cheap! Come June and November when Walker is recalled and then President Obama is re-elected, only in Waukesha County will the opposite happen. Face it, Waukesha County you are in the minority. Time to wake up!
Tom McMahon April 04, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Menoparent should menopause, take a deep breath, and switch to decaf...
Menoparent April 04, 2012 at 01:26 PM
clark, please enlighten me, what did Brandjen do that was dirty?
Menoparent April 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
tom, you make my point very clear, cheap talk!
Clark April 04, 2012 at 01:53 PM
It was literally dirty- didn't you see her flyers all over your lawn and neighborhood? Oh, and she was also tied to JD- former village president.
Clark April 04, 2012 at 01:54 PM
You're 0-2 in your predictions on this post.
Menoparent April 04, 2012 at 02:16 PM
clark, I moved here 8 years ago and was never into politics until this recall, like many. I got one flyer of her's. I didn't agree with her and don't know who JD was or what he did or how they were tied. I am just starting to get educated on the history here in the falls and how things were, have been and where it should go?
W8forHim April 04, 2012 at 02:45 PM
It saddens me that you describe those with differing views than yours radicals and that we that differ from you need to wake up. Believe me Menoparent, the silent majority are awake and ready to bring on change that will return our country to the great nation our founders created, but Obama and the rest of the progressives are determined to destroy. November will look much different than you anticipate.
Bert April 04, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I hope Tadda doesn't get too carried away. The voters returned the only incumbent in the race to office, as opposed to electing the two Tea Party candidates. He should keep in mind that the school board serves the entire community, not just the conservatives in the community.
Bert April 04, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I think referring to the tea party as radical is hardly a stretch. Re-litigating women's health issues that were settled 40 years ago is certainly not mainstream. Nor is ending Medicare, killing Head Start, and privatizing social security. The only good thing about the tea party is that they've brought the true colors of the Republican Party out in full display. (PS - if ObamaCare (a.k.a. the plan formerly pushed by the Heritage Foundation) is overturned in the courts, Paul Ryan's Medicare voucher plan is dead, as is any hope of privatizing Social Security. Both of these Republican plans include individual mandates.)
#1 son April 04, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Isn't it interesting that the majority of the people posting here clearly align themselves with the far right. They certainly make a lot of noise, yet Noshay was reelected so the true silent majority has spoken through their vote! Apparently not as many people as the people who post here claim are as upset about the boards decision last May . I think that Michelle is much more qualified than Tadda and am sorry she wasn't elected. I believe she has the best interests of the students in mind while still being fiscally responsible. She should have asked Bryant to butt out, his posts did more to hurt than help. Please stay involved MD you are an asset to our schools.
Menoparent April 04, 2012 at 05:38 PM
#1 son, I second that!
#1 son April 04, 2012 at 05:38 PM
20 bill- who is my group? Didn't know I had a group!
Jann April 04, 2012 at 07:19 PM
#1 son: I don't agree with you. Clearly by the number of votes Tadda got, people were looking for a change. I think what happened was people weren't sure which of the other two new comers should get their second vote and the votes got split.
FallsConservative April 04, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I think Jann is right. The second choice vote got split 3 ways and Noshay was the benifactor. If the choice had been only between Noshay and either MD or Houdek, I think he would have went down as well.
Bryant Divelbiss April 04, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I don't think anyone should kid themselves. The clear message was sent people feel that the passage of the contract was bad. Tadda won big after looking bad at the forum even to my conservative friends. Houdek was an extremely weak candidate, and still took enough votes from my wife a qualified conservative, to re-elect Noshay. If either my wife or Houdek did not run it is likely Noshay would have lost.
Bryant Divelbiss April 04, 2012 at 10:33 PM
More important than my posts, was being called a lefty on Belling for two days in a row for supporting the boards vote on the contract and being endorsed by the union. Most of us that read these posts are in one camp or another regardless of what they read, many people listen to Belling and assume he knows what he is talking about. But I have learned my lesson if Michele runs again for anything, I will not post anything publicly since I get too upset when I see clearly wrong or stupid statements and tend to attack negatively.
Bryant Divelbiss April 04, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I agree, if the other candidate who opposed the contract had been a strong candidate, Noshay may have lost a even with 4 candidates.
Let's Roll April 05, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Bryant. Props to Michelle. I think she ran a good campaign but my issue with her was that she did not come out strong enough to convince me she was not going to be another status quo candidate. Just my opinion. Best wishes to you both. Thanks for stepping up and running.
Clark April 05, 2012 at 12:37 AM
What do you have against Dwyer?
Bryant Divelbiss April 06, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Thank you. My only regret is that I turned my radio off minutes before Belling called her a lefty again on Tuesday. I know he does not have time to do a competent analysis of our school board race, but it bothered me to have him lie and call her a lefty. People who know us know he is wrong. Although I guess If I called in and did not explain well I would have felt bad that way too. Michele will continue to be involved and attend most board meetings since we have 3 kids in the district. We will save the signs and she may run again in next few years.
Bryant Divelbiss April 06, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Just curious If she were to run again, what are you looking for from a candidate? I think she has a lot offer with the amount time she has put in attending meetings and her experience she has, to work with the administration to improve the schools. She would also be fiscally responsible. But it would be interesting to hear constructive opinions to improve the message if she runs again.
Menoparent April 09, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Bryant, I am a "lefty" who voted for her. She has to do it on her own without your input here. Don't know if a lot of people read about all this blogging in the Patch?? Kinda makes you wonder about Belling and others who are so far right if you are in the the wrong party? It's just like most of the Republicans now days blasting each other. People are tired of it. I agreed with Michelle because she wasn't too far on either side, but this year there was so much hatred against the contract and the unions. She said she would have agreed with the contract. It is better that she talked with her heart-truth than blasting away at teacher pay and benefits to get a vote. People will hopefully see that Michele was better than what they will get with Tadda.
Menoparent April 09, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Bryant, also I was listening to Belling on Friday as I was driving out of town for weekend. He commented on his blasting of another female elected official and how their husband called him to complain. He was making fun of it the whole time. Don't listen to that jerk anymore.
Joseph William Crowley April 02, 2014 at 12:27 AM
I find it incredible how both sides are accusing each other of being radicals. One side says Obama is out to destroy the United States, and the other side says the dirty tea party members are brainwashing Americans. In these very accusations, isn't it obvious that both are being radicals? The conversations here seem to being grossly bias, inconsiderate, radical on both sides, and do not contain much depth beyond random examples of attacks on one party or belief to another. For the people who read this and are going to post, please think twice about the words you are saying and if they themselves are a bit drastic and perhaps too radical. Obama doesn't want to destroy the nation, and the tea party members aren't attempting to brainwash anyone. We all want a better world and we differ in our views about how to go about doing that. Now please, be respectful, kind, and bring good ideas to the conversation. P.S. I realize this does not apply to all of the previous comments, but it does apply to the vast majority. Thank you for reading, happy discussing.


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