The deadline to mail in your Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board director election ballot is April 26. For the 2014 elections, seven districts have candidates running unopposed, while two districts have run-off elections.
Here are the 11 candidates, listed in alphabetical order by district:
District 1: Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn Counties
Candidate: Ben Peterson of Grantsburg
District 4: Barron and Polk Counties
Candidate: Audrey Kusilek of Rice Lake
District 7: Clark County
Candidate: David Bangart of Greenwood
Candidate: Richard Price of Stanley
District 10: Brown, Door and Kewaunee Counties
Candidate: John Pagel of Kewaunee
District 13: Buffalo, Pierce and Pepin Counties
Candidate: Lanette Harsdorf of Beldenville
District 16: Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette Counties
Candidate: David Schmitz of Fond du Lac
District 19: Columbia and Dodge Counties
Candidate: Becky Levzow of Rio
District 22: Grant County
Candidate: Ann Kieler of Platteville
Candidate: Mary Wackershauser of Lancaster
District 25: Green, Rock and Walworth Counties
Candidate: Stacy Eberle of Monroe
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection mailed ballots the first week of April to licensed dairy operations in the nine election districts. Each licensed dairy operation receives one vote, which must be mailed back to the DATCP.
The department encourages voters to read and follow directions when filling out the ballot as it requires multiple steps. Producers in "election" areas who have not received a ballot should contact Noel Favia from DATCP at (608) 224-5140. Election results will be announced later in May.
For more information on the WMMB 2014 Board of Director elections and to review candidate biography information, visit www.wmmb.com/elections.