Newcomers oust incumbents from Thiensville trustee seats

April 3, 2012

Thiensville voters swept out the incumbents on the Village Board, electing two newcomers, Ken Kucharski and Kim Beck, while selecting Van Mobley as the new village president. Incumbents Toni Ihler and longtime trustee and former Village President Don Molyneux lost their bids to return to the Village Board.

Mobley, a trustee on the board since 2006, will take over the gavel from Karl Hertz who did not seek re-election as village president. Hertz ran unopposed for his seat on the Ozaukee County Board. Mobley garnered 778 votes while his opponent Roland Runge had 229.

Mobley, 43, is a history professor at Concordia University.

Kucharski, 55, and the owner of Skippy's Sport Pub, led all trustee candidates with 639 votes. Beck, with 427 votes, narrowly edged out Molyneux's 416. Ihler had 312 votes.

Beck, 56, is Director of Arts, Humanities and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. He is a member of the village Plan Commission.

All results are unofficial until certified by the Board of Canvassers, which meets after NOW's deadline.

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