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Bradley Takes President Seat; Dobbs, Wanggaard And Prott Also Win

Incumbent Village President Ron Coutts loses his seat to Bob Bradley. Two incumbents on the Village Board—Jim Dobbs and Kevin Wanggaard—keep their seats. And David Prott returns to the Village Board after having been gone for a few years.

Bob Bradley has unseated incumbent Village President Ron Coutts, in Tuesday's election. He is the only challenger to have successfully unseated an incumbent.

In the trustee races, incumbents Jim Dobbs and Kevin Wanggaard have kept their seats, and David Prott will join them on the board. Prott previously served on the Board in 2005.

“I’m excited, honored and humbled," Bradley said. "I hope that I can live up to everyone’s expectations. But I also appreciate all of the hard work Ron has done over the years. Hopefully I can fill his shoes.”

Once in office, Bradley plans to focus his attention on getting water out to Interstate 94 to help attract development. He also intends to work with the Caledonia Historical Society and the Caledonia Conservancy to help build Caledonia’s identity.

“We’ll be settling into this new board and take care of some general housekeeping, but we’ll also need to set some goals,” Bradley said. “Our big target is to find out who Caledonia is and take advantage of the opportunities that we already have in Caledonia, like working with the Caledonia Historical Society and the Caledonia Conservancy. I want to work to give Caledonia an identity.”

Caledonia's local races have been particularly contentious because of a proposed Walmart on North Green Bay and 4 Mile roads.

Prott said he’s excited about winning the election and is looking forward to working with the new board. “It’ll be good to get back to working again with Caledonia citizens,” Prott said.

He plans to focus on attracting business to Caledonia.

“There’s a discussion that needs to be had about how we attract good businesses, and good-paying jobs in our community,” he said.

Dobbs said he was a little apprehensive about the election at first.

“But I’ve worked hard and I think I’ve done a decent job,” he said. “As a board we need to plan long-term. And I’m hoping the new president will be setting meetings so that we can brainstorm, get a vision of what we want this community to be and get to know each other.”

Dobbs also wants to see water and sewer extended to the Interstate, and to develop a plan to take care of the Village’s infrastructure.

“Our buildings—the fire department and village hall—have been neglected for years,” Dobbs said. “Not that it’s all going to happen overnight, but we need to set some goals about where we want to be.”

Wanggaard said he’s humbled to have been re-elected, feels really good about the new village board and appreciated the support from those who elected him.

“Ron did a lot of work and spent a lot of time and commitment into this board,” Wanggaard said. “But hopefully Bob will bring some added excitement. But I consider both of them to be my friends.”

Wanggaard said he intends to focus on a number of issues, including how to help existing businesses grow and tackle the village’s aging infrastructure. However, he also talked about the Walmart project.

“Everyone is talking about Walmart, but it is just another piece of the puzzle,” Wanggaard said. “To be focused only on Walmart would be a grave mistake for anyone. You have to look at everything… but I expect that there will be some good discussion on it and I’m looking forward to having them.”

By 6 p.m. a number of voting places had more then 25 percent voter turnout, according to election officials.

Officials with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board had predicted a 20 percent voter turnout.

Here are the vote totals for all polling places in Caledonia.

Village President

Bob Bradley

2,648

Ron Coutts*

1,804

Village Trustee (No. 1)

Eddie Willing

1,711

David Prott

2,402

Village Trustee (No. 3)

Maureen Cramer

1,749

Kevin Wanggaard*

2,851

Village Trustee (No. 5)

Jim Dobbs*

2,304

Richard Frazier

1,674

* denotes an incumbent.

JQCitizen April 03, 2013 at 03:11 AM
To be fair, Prott is not a newcomer, having served previously on the board.
patchreader 123 April 03, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Denise/Heather: I'd like to extend a sincere thanks to you and your staff (I'm guessing you're both it) for your thorough election and candidate coverage. Thanks again.
Republicunts April 03, 2013 at 04:11 AM
What is the point of having a computer for voting if the totals take longer than the paper ballots to count? Shouldn't those be the first totals reported because the computer should be able to tally the votes with a touch of a button? Just seems strange to me.
Edward Willing April 03, 2013 at 04:33 AM
True, but fresh blood nonetheless. With Bradley's win, there's some hope for some new direction on a board that could use some energy and experience getting something done. Looking forward to the new Board in the year ahead
Edward Willing April 03, 2013 at 05:05 AM
COMPLETELY agree.... Way too long to make this official tonight. I would like to learn more about the process to see what goes into it, and what could be made more efficient.
Edward Willing April 03, 2013 at 05:06 AM
Thank you Patch for being quick and on top of it, all day today!
mau April 03, 2013 at 11:14 AM
What computer totals? The books have to equal the ballot machine and that can take time. There is much to be done after the polls close to process the ballots.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) April 03, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Thanks to all for the good words! @mau is right - it's not just a matter of pushing buttons and voila! You get the results ... instead there's reconciling the books, printing the tapes off the electronic machines, going through the ballots for write-ins and a few other steps of which I am not aware.
Frances Martin April 03, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I echo the thanks to Ron Coutts for his years of serving ; and welcome back to Bob Bradley, who is uniquely suited to dealing with water and sewer issues because of his long experience in that area. The recent deal with Racine to get water to I-94 may well lead to some really beneficial development in that area.
Dnaiel J. Phillips April 03, 2013 at 03:23 PM
My hat is off to all the elected board members. I would also like to thank Mr. Ron Couts for his many years of dedication and service to the village. Hopefully Mr. Couts will continue to stay active in our community. As for the rest of us, I believe we need to work "hand in hand", with our new board to ensure to ensure that Caledonia continues to move forward. Congratulations to all that won their seats!
Denise Lockwood April 03, 2013 at 05:40 PM
actually... we had all of the totals up by 9:30pm because we go directly to the Village Hall, which means you don't have to wait on that pesky Racine County elections page to be uploaded... something to keep in mind in the future. ;)
Michael Michna April 03, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Since Mr. Bradley wishes to work with the Caledonia Historical Society I would like to insure him of my willingness to work with him. Michael E. Michna, President Caledonia Historical Society chs1877@yahoo.com
Caledonia Confused April 03, 2013 at 09:29 PM
"He also intends to work with the Caledonia Historical Society and the Caledonia Conservancy to help build Caledonia’s identity." Would these be open public meetings with input and questions from the public?
Michael Michna April 03, 2013 at 09:54 PM
All general meetings of the Caledonia Historical Society are open to ANY interested parties.
Caledonia Confused April 03, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I would hope this would not be at a Caledonia Historical Society meeting. I think that setting "Caledonia's Identity" would require more public input. Even official minutes that would be available on the Village website for all to see.
Michael Michna April 03, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I think you are putting the horse before the cart. Mr. Bradley and I have not yet even had a conversation.
Michael Michna April 03, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Oops "cart before horse"
Frances Martin April 03, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Good heavens--don't mention "horse"--you'll get Tansandy all in a lather.
Caledonia Confused April 03, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Trojan???????
Edward Willing April 04, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Okay Fran, THAT was funny. :)
Edward Willing April 04, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Technically, having conversations don't require public notice, or minutes. Unless you have a quorum of board members discussing official agendas and direction, there's no need to record it. But, I certainly would LIKE to be part of the convo either as a participant or observer. But, if the CHS is opening it to the public, it would be insightful to perhaps have that conversation in a public manner. Maybe Denise or Heather could keep us tied in here on Patch too.

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