Major Changes Coming to Madison County Board

MADISON - Some major changes are coming to the Madison County Board of Commissioners. Incumbent District 3 Commissioner Lee Klein has lost his bid for re-election to former commissioner Jim Prauner, and Ron Schmidt has won the republican nomination for District 1 Commissioner over Lou Pofahl. Incumbent District 1 Commissioner Jerry McCallum is not seeking re-election. Also losing in a re-election bid was public defender Kyle Melia. He was defeated for the Republican nomination by Matthew Headley. There are no Democratic candidates for these three positions – so Prauner, Schmidt and Headley are almost certain to win election in November. In the city of Battle Creek, voters approved a bond issue for improvements to the nursing home, and a 1.5-percent sales and use tax. In a five-way race for Mayor of Madison, Brenda Jones and Alvin Brandl were the top two vote getters and will advance to the fall election. In the contest for Madison City Council, the top four vote getters were Robert Jurgens, Paul Kellen, Tim Kruid and Brett Freudenburg. All election results are unofficial until the Board of Canvassers meets Thursday morning.