WUSD Election Results Certified; Common Council & School Board Candidates Offer Post-Election Comments

(Press release) Whitewater Unified School District
Two Newly Elected School Board Members
WHITEWATER, WI – The Board of Canvassers certified the votes cast from the April 6,
2021, School Board Election at 9:00 a.m. on April 13, for the two open School Board
The results of the canvass: Andrea M. Svec – 299 votes; Maryann Zimmerman – 1354
votes; Larry Kachel – 1322 votes; Tom Ganser – 1075 votes.
Maryann Zimmerman and Larry Kachel will hold office from April 26, 2021 until April 22,


Separately, the Banner reached out to all of the Common Council and School Board candidates, with the exception of Aldermanic District 5, to offer them the opportunity to provide post-election comments. The candidates for District 5 will be offered this opportunity after the anticipated recount is completed. Printed below are the responses which were received.

City of Whitewater Common Council

Daniel J. Machalik – At large

I want to congratulate Lisa on a great win for our community. She will be an excellent leader and someone who really does care about the Whitewater community. That being said I want to thank everyone that went out and voted. Democracy is a sacred right that we should hold on to. Even though I lost I learned a lot about this great city and look forward to helping out in other ways.


Carol McCormick District 1

Even though I ran unopposed, I would like to thank all the voters of District 1 that turned out to show their support for not only me, but also the other candidates as well. I am looking forward to representing our district for the next two years!  Submitted by Carol McCormick, District 1


Lisa Dawsey SmithAt large

Thank you to everyone who participated in this past week’s election. Voting in local elections is as important if not more so than national ones. Local policies impact our day to day life on a daily basis. I would ask that your involvement in these local policy decisions not stop at election day. Stay connected, be engaged. If you’re not certain how or why, let’s talk about that too. Time is valuable, so is our community and I thank you in advance for sharing your time with me for the sake of our community. Find my contact information (when sworn in) as well as other council members here: https://whitewater-wi.gov/308/Common-Council


Whitewater Unified School District School Board

Tom Ganser

I will always be grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve on the Whitewater Unified School District school board for a little more than three years. 

As a citizen, being on the school board proved to be a perfect way to become engaged with one of the most cherished institutions in our country, symbolized by the little red schoolhouse on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus.

I wish the best for Larry Kachel and Maryann Zimmerman as they join the WUSD school board team, and for success in drawing on their talents as board members, especially during challenging times.

In many ways, in Whitewater as elsewhere, the local school district is the heart of a community.

Larry and Maryann now will have new and countless opportunities to be part of that heart.


Larry Kachel

I would like to thank all of the people who took the time to vote in last week’s school board election.  It is truly an honor getting elected to the Whitewater School Board. 

I wish to thank Tom Ganser for his years of service on the school board.  Tom got caught up in the southeast Wisconsin “anti-incumbent wave”, which saw many area community voters elect new candidates over existing incumbents.  Tom is a good man who I have known for many years, and I know he will remain active in the community.  

I would like to congratulate Maryann Zimmerman for also winning a seat on the school board.  No one worked harder than Maryann, and nobody deserved to get elected to the board more than she did.  I will enjoy watching the level of passion she will bring to board meetings.  I look forward to working with Maryann and all of the other  members who serve on the WWUSD.Board.

I will attempt to serve the district to the best of my abilities.  I will act in the best interests of the students and believe that all district stakeholder voices need to be heard.  I am a strong believer in open government and will push for board meetings to again be held face-to-face as soon as possible. The emotional and educational losses caused by the pandemic can be overcome, although it will continue to take some time.  Success is the Whippet Way!.  

Anyone wishing to contact me with school district issues, concerns, and comments can do so via email at larrykachelww@gmail.com.  If you would rather talk personally, just include your phone number in the email and I will contact you as soon as possible.  I look forward to serving the WWUSD.
Larry Kachel


Maryann Zimmerman

Thank you to this community for allowing me to represent your interests to the district. This school year has been tumultuous to say the least. I’m hoping new board members and fresh perspectives will help heal our community. I’m ready to get to work Whitewater!

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