The filing deadline for two Pleasant Prarie village board seats passed with only incumbents Esteban (Steve) Kumorkiewicz and Michael Serpe filing nomination papers.
That veterans Kumorkiewicz and Serpe will be unopposed on the April spring election ballot is stunning news given the speculation that former Trustee Alex Tiahnybok, who gave up his seat in his unsuccessful bid to oust village president John Steinbrink, sr., would try to get back on the board.
Another rumored candidate was Michael Renner who has attended board meetings for several months.
It's hard to gauge why Serpe and Kumorkiewicz will be unopposed but one theory is that it would be difficult to oust these veterans with a lengthy list of accomplishments.
Serpe is widely perceived as the board's moderate visionary and consensus builder while Kumorkiewicz scores points for personal constituent service.
The village's vocal opposition may be saving its steam for next year when newcomers Monica Yuhas and Clyde Allen are up for election. That logic could backfire as Yuhas and Allen become more well known. Plus, the current village board seems more adept at exploring issues and solutions to problems than the contentious atmosphere that existed when Tiahnybok and Jeff Lauer were on the board.
Nonetheless the fact that Serpe and Kumorkiewicz will be unopposed suggests that village critics may now be subject to scrutiny for failing to act on their grievances. As one of my favorite old specialty ties reads: "Didn't vote? Don't bitch!"