EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Voting official Pat Anderla helps Sara Rasenack vote for Ward 2 (left), as Keith Murphy gets help from Mary Fournier for Ward 3 (right) Tuesday during the City of Menominee’s fall election.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard

Voting official Pat Anderla helps Sara Rasenack vote for Ward 2 (left), as Keith Murphy gets help from Mary Fournier for Ward 3 (right) Tuesday during the City of Menominee’s fall election.

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MENOMINEE — As a result of Tuesday’s election, the City of Menominee has a new face on the City Council.

Jacqueline Nutter defeated Kristoffer Rusch, 107 votes to 80, in the race for the Ward 1 seat vacated by Nick Malone, who did not seek re-election.

In response to her win, Nutter said, “I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of those in Ward 1 who took the time to vote for me yesterday. The words of support and encouragement helped push me till the very end, and I cannot express enough gratitude.”

Nutter, 26, said she feels it’s important for the city to grow its female representation on the council, but that “we also bring young eyes to a city that has old ways.”

“I cherish this city as it is my hometown and cannot wait to connect my residents with the city, and to grow this disconnect that plagues us,” Nutter continued. “This isn’t about replacing the Menominee we hold dear to our hearts, it’s about innovating it so it can thrive in its present and in its future. It is my honor I will get to publicly serve Ward 1 and the City of Menominee. Thank you again.”

Mayor Jean Stegeman ran unopposed, securing her re-election as Menominee’s mayor for another term. Ward 4’s incumbent Frank Pohlmann also ran unopposed.

Wards 2 and 3 also saw contested races with incumbents winning both. Steve Fifarek defeated challenger Scott Christiansen, 122 votes to 64, in Ward 2, while Dennis Klitzke edged Ed Smith, 107 to 98, in Ward 3.

In the City of Stephenson, all six people on the ballot running for Charter Commission — Perry M. Beaudoin, Deborah R. Chevalier, Don Cugini, Brian Smith, Rae Lynn Thoune and David Westrich — were elected. 

In addition to the races for office, two proposals were on this ballot. The first was exclusive to the City of Stephenson, and proposed that the city update its charter. The proposal as written on the ballot explained that the city’s charter was adopted in 1969, changing Stephenson’s status from a village to a home rule city. Since then, the proposal said that the charter has not been revised or amended, and that many items in the charter need updating. The proposal passed with 106 “yes” votes to 29 “no” votes.

The second proposal was on the ballot for the City of Stephenson and the surrounding townships in Menominee County. This proposal was a millage proposal for the creation of a sinking fund for Stephenson Area Public Schools. The proposal would authorize the school district to levy one mill ($1 on every $1,000 of taxable valuation) over the next three years to create a sinking fund for the schools. This appeared on the ballot in the City of Stephenson, as well as Cedarville, Daggett, Holmes, Ingallston, Lake, Mellen, Menominee, Meyer and Stephenson townships. Results were not available at presstime.