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Residents Vote For a New Direction on Their Village Board

Both Jeremy Walz and Bonnie Lemmer defeated long-time Menomonee Falls trustees Michael McDonald and Jeff Steliga in Tuesday's election.

Menomonee Falls voters have made their collective voice heard, and they wanted to see change on their Village Board.

Both Bonnie Lemmer and Jeremy Walz defeated incumbents Michael McDonald and Jeff Steliga Tuesday. The sweep of incumbents may have had a lot to do with voter backlash from the ongoing issues tied to the village's rough road traveled with the Radisson Hotel

Walz is a 35-year-old local machine shop employee who served in the Army and has lived in Falls for more than two decades. He graduated with honors from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus on secondary education, history and political science. Menomonee Falls Taxpayers Association endorsed his bid for Village Board.

"I’d like to say thanks to the voters who supported me, my family, and the Menomonee Falls Taxpayers Association for their endorsement. Now that it’s over, we should also give thanks to Mr. McDonald for his long service to the community, and hopefully he’ll stay involved. I'm Ready to get work," Walz said. “The whole board made a mistake with the hotel, and there are repercussions.”

Lemmer, 69, is a Shorewest real estate agent with a degree in communication. She ran to take a more immediate role in shaping the future of the village. She has 25 years of experience in management, contract negotiations, budget development, and productivity management working for small and Fortune 500 companies. 

"It was a long hard month. People are just not happy with what’s going on in the Falls and I think we can change things around," Lemmer said. "I’m hoping to uncover what’s going on with that Radisson now that I’m on the inside. I’m so excited to help out the village.

"I am going to get to the bottom of. You have to pay those contractors, I’ve seen too many contractors stiffed in the business that I’m in.”

Steliga served for 19 years on the Village Board, and was already collecting campaign signs Tuesday when he spoke with Patch. 

“I want to thank everyone for 19 years on the board," Steliga said. "It was a wonderful opportunity to serve. People clearly wanted to go in a different direction.” 

Michael McDonald did not immediately return a call from Patch Tuesday night. He was a trustee since 1990.  

Here’s how residents voted Tuesday in the Village Board race (all results are unofficial until canvassed):

Seat Four

  • Jeremy Walz 52.9 percent, 3,215 votes
  • Michael McDonald (inc.) 47 percent, 2,856 votes

Seat Five

  • Bonnie Lemmer 53.1 percent, 3,203 votes
  • Jeff Steliga (inc.) 46.8 percent, 2,825 votes

Trustee Steve Raymonds also kept his seat as he ran unopposed Tuesday. Voter turnout for the spring election was 28.5 percent of registered Falls voters. 

Roggensack Rolls in Menomonee Falls 

Residents also voted in a heated state Supreme Court election Tuesday, which was the only other contested election. Here’s how the votes tallied in Menomonee Falls:

State Supreme Court

  • Patience Roggensack 78 percent, 5,509 votes 
  • Ed Fallone 21.9 percet, 1,546 votes

School Board 

The Menomonee Falls School Board will also welcome a new member after an uncontested race.

Michele Divelbiss, who fell short of earning a School Board seat during the last board race, is on the board now. She joins incumbents Scott Ternes and Faith VanderHorst who also ran in that uncontested race. Divelbiss will fill the board vacancy left behind by Lori Blodorn, who was hired by the Menomonee Falls School District earlier this year.

Patch will update this story with candidate reactions. 

John Wilson April 03, 2013 at 03:32 PM
The people have spoken; they wanted change! I will patiently wait to see all the positive changes that take place between now and 2016... it really isn't as easy as a lot of the posters here think...
W . Benz April 03, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Taxpayer Heroes : Blogers Craig, Nuitari, Steve, #44 and all the other blogers who help make this change removing the RINOS and some of the Cabal members who have spent taxpayers monies on Hotels -Bike trails -Grants for Bars / coffee shops landlords. Remember there are alot more Rinos to take out and the first thing these New Trustees should do is to remove the Un-Elected King Fitzgerald. Make a motion for the resignation of Fitzgerald and see how the other Trustees vote and another motion to stop the Hotel bailout --- NO MORE TAXPAYERS $$$$$$$ New Trustees you better do your homework because these RINOS will be waiting on you and will slam dunk you every chance they get.
W . Benz April 03, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Funny OTIS comments on his facebook blames Belling and everyone else . Bellings pod cast wisn... hr 1 part 2 and hr 2 part 2 . Belling said the same thing I did --Fitz and others should be fired. The new trustees should move to remove Fitz and stop the bail out and sell the hotel now. No more Bail-outs

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