Two incumbents defeated in WMMB election

Wisconsin State Farmer

MADISON – Two incumbents lost their bid to retain their positions on the Wisconsin Milk Martketing Board following the 2017 Board of Directors election.

Election results for the 2017 WMMB Board of Directors announced.

Twelve-year board veteran Lanette Hardsdorf of Beldenville was unseated by Robert Sendelbach of Cochrane in District 13. He will represent the counties of Buffalo, Pierce and Pepin.

David Schmitz of Fond du Lac was thwarted in his effort to win a third three-year term when he was defeated by Janet Clark of Rosendale in District 16. She will represent the counties of Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette.

Ben Brancel, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), certified the following election results:

District 1, representing Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties — Ben Peterson of Grantsburg.

District 4, representing Barron and Polk counties — Audrey Kusilek of Rice Lake.

District 7, representing Clark County — David Bangart of Greenwood.

District 10, representing Brown, Door and Kewaunee counties — Julie Veldhuis of Kewaunee.

District 13, representing Buffalo, Pierce and Pepin counties — Robert Sendelbach of Cochrane.

District 16, representing Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette counties — Janet Clark of Rosendale.

District 19, representing Columbia and Dodge counties — Becky Levzow of Rio.

District 22, representing Grant County — Ann Kieler of Platteville.

District 25, representing Green, Rock and Walworth counties — Stacy Eberle of Monroe.

The directors will begin their new terms on July 1, 2017. 

WMMB directors guide the organization's finances, formulate and set its policies and long-range business plan, and maintain its mission: To help grow demand for Wisconsin milk by providing programs that enhance the competitiveness of the Wisconsin Dairy Industry.

Through these initiatives, a WMMB director has the opportunity to represent Wisconsin dairy producers and products, as well as become involved in activities that inform and educate consumers.

Of the 3,477 dairy producers living in the election districts, just 12 percent cast votes, down 12 percent from 2016, according to DATCP records.