Three of four Village Board races contested

Jan. 14, 2009

All but one Germantown Village Board trustee race will involve a challenge in the April election.

Trustee Art Zabel, 59, will be unopposed as he makes his seventh run for office.

Zabel, W15737 Burr Oak Road, has lived in Germantown for 28 years. He works as a seasonal employee of R.A. Smith & Associates and is married with three adult children.

Two other trustees will defend their positions on the nine-member board, which is made up of two representatives from each of the village's four districts, plus the village president.

Langer vs. Wing

Dan Wing, 37, again will vie for the chance to represent District 2, this time by challenging James Langer, 50, who will be running for a third term.

Langer, N11555 Abbey Court, has lived in Germantown for nine years. A driver and dockworker for USF Holland Motor Express, Langer, is married with four adult children.

Wing, W16044 Main St., was appointed to the Plan Commission in April after he lost a bid for former Trustee Peter Sorce's District 2 position in a primary election. Jeff Werderman was ultimately elected to that position.

A resident of Germantown for most of his life, Wing is single and works as an electrician at Wil-Surge Electric in Butler.

Vanderheiden vs. Myers

Incumbent Trustee Al Vanderheiden, who is seeking re-election to a third term to his District 3 seat, will be challenged by Dennis Myers.

Myers, 65, and Vanderheiden, 51, are both part of the Germantown American Legion.

Myers, W20309 Woodland Drive, has lived in Germantown for 10 years. He is married and has five children and four grandchildren. He is retired from Milwaukee Public Schools after 33 years.

Vanderheiden, N11366 Rosewood Ave., has lived in Germantown his whole life. He is married with one adult child and works as a tool-and-die maker with GKN Sinter Metals in Germantown.

Steitz vs. Kaminski

Former Trustee Bill Steitz and Terri Kaminski will vie for the District 1 seat, which is being vacated by Trustee Michael Bech.

Steitz, 62, was unseated from his six-year post in April, when voters elected David Baum.

A Germantown resident for almost 40 years, Steitz, W12420 Russet Court, is married with two adult daughters. He is a retired Germantown police officer of 31 years, and works as the senior director of security at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Kaminski, 54, N12608 Mary Buth Lane, is single and has lived in Germantown for 14 years. She has been a member of the village Plan Commission for two years, and runs a marketing and public relations consulting business known as Little Wood Inc.

Trustees are elected to three-year terms and are paid $5,500 annually.

The spring election is Tuesday, April 7.

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