The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is pleased to present the official slate of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board candidates and their biographies (detailed bios and photographs can be found on www.wmmb.com/elections). Director elections will be held April 11 through April 25, with results announced later in May.
To vote, DATCP is forwarding mail-in ballots to licensed dairy producers who live within the nine districts up for election. Producers who have not received a ballot by April 16 should contact Noel Favia at (608) 224-5140.
Here are the candidates and their representing districts:
District 1 Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn Counties
Candidate: Benjamin J. Peterson of Grantsburg
District 4 Barron and Polk Counties
Candidate: Lyle K. Jensen of Amery
District 7 Clark County
Candidate: David Bangart of Greenwood
Candidate: Bill Herr of Greenwood
District 10 Brown, Door and Kewaunee Counties
Candidate: John Pagel of Kewaunee
District 13 Buffalo, Pierce and Pepin Counties
Candidate: Lanette Harsdorf of Beldenville
District 16 Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette Counties
Candidate: Kelly Rickert of Eldorado
Candidate: David Schmitz of Fond du Lac
District 19 Columbia and Dodge Counties
Candidate: Sarah E. Lloyd of Wisconsin Dells
Candidate: Michael Zastrow of Mayville
District 22 Grant County
Candidate: Mary Wackershauser of Lancaster
District 25 Green, Rock and Walworth Counties
Candidate: Stacy Eberle of Monroe
DATCP confirmed that each candidate is an active dairy producer selling milk into commercial channels and living in the district where nominated. In addition, DATCP certified each candidate's nomination form, which included five signatures from active dairy producers within the district and a notarized "Affidavit of Eligibility" requirement.
Once elected, directors serve an important 3-year role helping maintain WMMB's mission to keep the demand high for Wisconsin dairy products. Directors spend an average of 200 hours per year on WMMB activities. For more information on director's responsibilities, please visit www.wmmb.com/elections.