BLOOMFIELD — Voters eliminated two contenders for Bloomfield Village Board in the Feb. 19 primary, narrowing the field to four finalists to compete in the April 2 election.
Advancing to the election to fill two trustee seats are Natalie Alvarez, Rita Marcinkus, Steve Doelder and Rosemary Badame.
Candidates Vicki Nelson and Eileen DiMarco both finished out of the running and were eliminated.
The top two vote-getters on April 2 will be elected to two-year terms on the village board at a salary of $4,000 a year.
Alvarez, an incumbent, led the field with 86 votes, followed by Marcinkus with 79, Doelder with 45 and Badame with 40.
Nelson received 26 votes, and DiMarco got 19.
Marcinkus, who was grateful for her second-place win, said she plans to spend the weeks leading up to the election analyzing and discussing some of the village’s complex and controversial topics.
“I’m getting nervous about what’s next — what the issues are going to be,” she said.
Marcinkus said she believes that engaging issues in finances, recreation and community development will prepare her for a good campaign and potentially, a seat on the village board.
“Now I’m passing out handouts reminding people about April 2,” she said. “It’s five weeks away, but it will be here soon.”
Marcinkus is a community activist who ran for trustee in 2014, but she was eliminated in that year’s primary.
The two trustee seats up for election in April are currently held by Alvarez, who has served on the board since 2015, and Dan Aronson, who is running for village president this year instead of running for re-election as trustee.
Doelder and Badame — both of whom were present at the village hall when the primary results were announced — said they were relieved to continue to the main election, but surprised at the relatively low voter turnout.
“When I walked around and knocked on doors and stuff, no one knew there was a primary,” Doelder said.
Out of about 2,300 registered voters in the village, 161 residents voted in the primary.
“That’s amazing,” Badame said of the turnout. “Isn’t that sad?”
Badame served as supervisor for the town of Bloomfield prior to the village’s incorporation in 2011. She has also served as a supervisor on the Walworth County Board.
Doelder currently serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of Walworth County.
He has made past attempts to run for Bloomfield trustee and Walworth County Board supervisor, but neither was successful.
Even though Nelson was eliminated from the race, she said she looks forward to being involved in the upcoming election. She is backing Badame and Doelder in the four-way contest.
Nelson criticized Marcinkus and Alvarez, stating that Marcinkus “is out of her league” and Alvarez “brings nothing to the board.”
She said she hopes Badame and Doelder will shake up village government.
“Our village needs change in many areas,” Nelson said. “For far too long, this village has operated utilizing less-than-stellar methods.”
Alvarez and DiMarco both could not be reached for comment.
Voters and others will get a chance March 14 to hear from candidates and ask questions about local issues.
The Lake Geneva Regional News will host a candidate forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the town hall for the village board and village president races.
The free event will be a chance for the public to interact with the candidates and hear them discuss issues before the April 2 election.