VOTER GUIDE: 2012 Racine Unified Primary Election

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, six eligible candidates will be on the ballot for the Racine Unified School District Board of Education. Here's what you'll need to know.

When residents head to the polls for the Feb. 21 primary election, they need to remember to have with them a photo ID. This is the first election since the Voter ID was passed last year that requires all registered voters to show a government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot. Polling hours will be held 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Positions on the ballot: Racine Unified School Board (Vote for no more than three candidates). The positions are non-partisan. Click here and here for our stories from the Patch Candidate Forum.

Length of term: Three years

Pay: $3,600 per year

Who is on the ballot?

  • Scott Brownell, 53, 6001 Trefoil Circle, pastor at Racine Assembly of God.
  • Gretchen L. Warner (incumbent) 56, 2716 Red Fawn Court, CEO of the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Warner is seeking a third term in office.
  • Kimberly M. Plache (incumbent) 51, 110 Emerald Drive, works as a senior community relations officer for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. Plache is seeking her second term in office.
  • Roger Pfost, 80, of 3114 Caledonia St., retired. Worked as a real estate agent, a business operations manager, an operational systems consultant and an insurance claims manager.
  • Brian Dey, 47, 4216 Mona Park Rd., President/CEO Turf Management, Inc. and Weed Commissioner for the Village of Caledonia. Racine Unified School District Board of Education 2005-2007; RUSD BOE Legislation Committee 2007-2008; RUSD BOE Business Management Committee 2005-2006; RUSD BOE Audit Committee 2007-2008; RUSD BOE Grievance Committee 2008; RUSD BOE Superintendent Search Committee 2008; Village of Caledonia Parks & Recreation Commission 2007-2009; Village of Caledonia Parks & Recreation Commission President 2009.
  • Don J. Nielsen (incumbent) 65, 3317 N. Wisconsin St., retired from RUSD as a counselor at the Academy and Mack Center. Running for his third term on the school board.
  • Kevin Cronin*

*Kevin Cronin said he would no longer campaign for the job. Even though his name will still be on the ballot, Cronin said he just got a second shift job and he won't be able to attend meetings.

Where to vote in Caledonia:

WARDS 1 & 2                  St. Louis Church, 13207 Hwy G

WARDS 3, 4 & 5              Franksville Methodist Church, 10402 Northwestern Avenue

WARDS 9, 10 & 12           St. Andrew Church, 1015 - 4 Mile Road

WARDS 14, 15 & 17         East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Avenue

WARDS 16, 18 & 19         Prince of Peace, 4360 6 Mile Road

WARDS 6, 7 & 20             Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 5040 Northwestern Avenue

WARDS 8, 11 & 13           Grace Church, 3626 Hwy 31

Where to vote in Mount Pleasant:

WARDS 1, 2 & 16             Fellowship Baptist Church, 5607 Wright Avenue

WARDS 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7      Peace Lutheran, 1616 North Newman Road

WARDS 8 & 9                   Assembly of God, 1325 Airline Road

WARDS 10, 11, 12, & 15   Mount Pleasant Village Campus, 8811 Campus Drive

WARDS 13 & 14                Franksville Park Hall, 9614 West Highway K

WARDS 17, 18 & 20          Messiah Lutheran, 3015 Pritchard Drive

WARDS 19, 21, 22, & 23   Concordia School, 3350 Lathrop Ave.

Where to vote in Sturtevant:

ALL WARDS                      Sturtevant Village Hall, 2801 89th Street, Sturtevant

mau February 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Seven board candidates will appear on the primary ballot Feb. 21 but only six of those — the same number that will move on as contenders in the April 3 general election — still want to be elected. Read more: http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/unified-school-board-primary-seven-on-ballot-only-six-running/article_d913bbe8-5707-11e1-995a-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1mxG6dDzQ
Stormy Weather February 20, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I will be voting for Brian Dey, Scott Brownell and Roger Phost and I hope everyone will get out and vote tomorrow. Just remember... Warner, Plache and Nielsen all supported the multi million dollar Taj Mahal move for larger office space! They took part in rushing through the new teacher's contract to protect their collective bargaining, they gave Shaw $20,000.00 for walking away from his job and now they just gave Dr. Laing a $10,000.00 raise after being on the job less then a year... The incumbents (Warner, Plache, Nielsen) are out of touch with the real world and they wouldn't know a "Budget" if it hit them in the face!
mau February 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM
The curious want to know. Considering this is really not a run-off anymore, as there are 6 candidates in the primary and there can be 6 candidates in the general election. If any one of these individuals got no votes, would they proceed to the general election? Will the results of this primary determine their place on the April ballot?
Brian Dey February 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Technically, if Kevin placed 6th, then the general election would only have 5 candidates. And as far as ballot order, that is determined by a draw.
mau February 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Thank you. BTW you have 4 votes here. Thank you for being open and honest about your positions.
C. Sanders February 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Voting for Brian Dey, Scott Brownell and Roger Phost. Out with the Taj Magal-3
Stormy Weather February 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Oops... I meant to say they gave Shaw $20,000.00 (a year) for walking away from his job! I would say that $60,000.00 could have been used for painting some of our classrooms - You know the ones that haven't been painted in over 18 years! Please support Brian Dey, Scott Brownell and Roger Phost!
Brian Dey February 21, 2012 at 01:04 AM
If you support what I stand for, it is very important to get out and vote tomorrow. I have just been inmormed that the REA has launched an all out assault on me. They ran a phone bank this weekend and have been handing out cards to all the teachers. Not unexpectedbecause I am someone who wants to hold all staff accountable to improve our children's education and that doesn't fit with the union agenda.
James R Hoffa February 21, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Out with the incumbents! Vote BRIAN DEY, SCOTT BROWNELL, and ROGER PHOST!!!
Jeff Warg February 21, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Brian-I like your idea of moving 9th grade back to middle school, the high schools are overcrowded. You have my vote.
Bob Webb February 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Voting Dey, Phost, Brownell.
C. Sanders February 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM
We look forward to this day securing a victory for Dey, Phost, Brownell AND especially a better educational outcome for the children attending RUSD.
Janie Conley February 21, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I'm new in the area and thankfully registered in time to vote, thanks for the updates - there's no doubt who I should vote for...
Sandy February 21, 2012 at 03:39 PM
If possible, could this information get out in a more timely manner? Most of my Caledonia news is through Patch since I don't watch the news and rarely listen to news radio. Not that Caledonia news is in the mainstream media but a few more days on some of these very serious issues would be awesome so I can share with others I know that otherwise wouldn't find out. Thanks!
Stormy Weather February 21, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Just voted for Dey, Phost and Brownell and my husband will be voting the same later. Good luck to all of you. Everyone needs to call their friends and family and remind them how important it is to get out and vote! We need "Change" at RUSD...
Heather in Caledonia February 21, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Just voted at the Community Center - I was number 50. Pretty slow over there today!
Stormy Weather February 21, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I was voter #40 - Pretty slow!
Stormy Weather February 21, 2012 at 06:47 PM
But... I showed my ID and signed! :)
Terry Van Parys February 22, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Thank You, Ms Lockwood, for an informative article. The fact that REA backs the incumbents helped me also. I'm in favor of providing the best education we can afford, not expanding union power.


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