While some may lament that only 10 of 36 (28%) districts are competitive, it should be noted that the last county board elections saw only 4 of 38 (11%) districts competitive.
Oshkosh districts that may see competitive races include:
- District 14 (North Side) Incumbents Donna Lohry and Claude Thompson are both running, along with a possible challenge from Harold Steineke, who lost to Donna Lohry in 2006.
- District 15 (north of UWO) Incumbent Kathleen Lennon may face challenger Travis Swanson.
- District 18 (East Side) Incumbent Bill Wingren may face challenger John Daggett.
- District 21 (South Side) Incumbent Robert Warnke may be facing challenger Christine Kutnink Richards.
The Oshkosh Common Council has three seats up for election, and the three incumbents (Paul Esslinger, Burk Tower, Dennis McHugh) only have a single potential challenger so far (Robin Eckstein). This is also surprising considering the intense scrutiny on the Common Council this last year.
Will we have competitive local elections this coming Spring? What are your thoughts?