UPDATE: Hamilton Board Member Misspells Name on Two Recall Petitions

Lynn Kristensen was first in hot water by certain Patch readers for signing the recall, and now for allegedly spelling her name incorrectly on both the Walker and Darling recall petitions. She commented on her signature and fiercely denied the rumors.

Editor's Note: This article was altered to include details about Kristensen misspelling her name on the Alberta Darling recall petition as well. Changed April 2 at 2:30 p.m.

After learning , rumors began sprouting about how a certain name was signed on the recall.

resident Jeremy Halcomb called both Patch and the Sussex Sun on March 22 saying he believed board member Lynn Kristensen purposely misspelled her name on the recall petition so residents couldn't specifically search for her.

Halcomb also said that when he called to confront Kristensen, , she allegedly lied and said she never signed the recall petition. When the rumor broke, comments flooded in Patch's .

"Why would I have put my correct address down if I was trying to be misleading?"

"Lynn you're toast," wrote in the comments. "These recall petitions are coming in mighty handy."

Sussex resident  felt much different, writing, "Um, the last time I checked you didn't have to check you political beliefs at the door to serve in public office. This is America, right?"

On the recall petition Kristensen's name is listed as "Lynn Kirstense," however, her correct address in Menomonee Falls is listed. She signed her name the same way on the Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) recall in April of 2011 making critics even more upset about the alleged purposeful misspelling.

When questioned by the Sussex Sun, Kristensen sloughed said there was no attempt to mislead anyone.

"Why would I have put my correct address down if I was trying to be misleading? If it's spelled incorrectly, it's because of a data entry mistake," she told the Sun. "And, Lord knows, there has to be plenty of those. We're all human. I certainly did not. Honestly, I never assumed that that petition would be public. I kind of put that in the same vein as my ability to vote privately."

Kristensen recently commented on signing the recall petition, also mentioning she didn't know the list would go public. She told Patch:

"What happened to our right to privacy? What happened to the ability to have open dialogues without fear of hatred resulting from them? What happened to not only tolerating, but actually being able to appreciate, differing viewpoints? Those are the things that make us Americans and differentiate us from many other countries around the world. The toxic nature of the public forum in our state right now deeply saddens me." 

Kristensen called Halcomb the next day to admit that was her name on the recall list, and she said "no" because she was initially caught off guard by his question, according to the Sussex Sun. She said Halcomb left a message on her answering machine, and after assuming his question would be about the district in general, she was "absolutely flabbergasted" when he asked about the recall.

"It's distressing to me, because this School Board election should not be a partisan race," she told the Sun. "This is about creating strong policies, and making wise use of taxpayer dollars that therefore result in a high-quality education, and makes us a desirable community whether you have children in the district or not. That's what I'm standing for, and that's what I wanted to talk to this guy about."

Halcomb's biggest concern when he contacted Patch was her stance on Act 10, which . She said:

"That Hamilton School District has always been fiscally responsible. We have already been able to implement changes that have cut costs, such as moving our employees' retirement benefits from defined-benefit to defined contribution, which saved us over $30,000,000.  Provisions in Act 10 made that move possible. However, I feel that we won't truly be able to evaluate all of the effects of Act 10 until a good deal of time has passed. We can't know yet what impact it will have on our ability to attract and retain the highest quality staff, which I feel is critical to our continued success. I want Hamilton to be a school district where all parties feel valued - students, staff, community and taxpayers."

Richard March 29, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I live in her subdivision. She doesn't even live in Alberta Darling's district! Our rep here is is Zipperer.
Clark March 29, 2012 at 03:10 AM
So what you're saying is she lives in your subdivision and you're not in darlings district?? I wanted to make sure I read that correctly all 5 times.
Steve ® March 29, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Ugh this keeps getting more interesting. Hey Emily, sorry
morninmist March 29, 2012 at 05:39 AM
So Richard, you do not live in Senator Darlings district either? Is that what you are saying?
red March 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM
When you consider this in light of the fight over voter id, can democrats win an honest election?
Pete March 29, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Tuesday we have the opportunity to vote out the liars, cheaters and other liberals, however the problem is they run unopposed.The people are not being represented. Whether it is school board, local, state or federal politcians, they represent themselves one way then they (paticularly Liberal progressive socialists) think they know better and vote against the will of the people who elected them. Now they compound it by signing recall petitions not because the politician didnot do anything illegal, but because they don't like a law that was passed and upheld in court. The only answer is to vote out any incubent liberal. But the catch 22 comes up, there is not any else to vote for. It is a sad state of affairs.
dan March 29, 2012 at 01:32 PM
She also signed the Alberta Darling recall petition last year and, amazingly enough, she misspelled her name EXACTLY the same wrong way. I think school board candidates need to prove they can read and write to be eligible to serve, I'm sure this wasn't intentional. Who would be low enough to do something like that, certainly not an upstanding citizen who wants to serve on a school board.
Chargerfan March 29, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Rachel, If both the Walker Recall Petition and the Alberta Darling Recall Petition were given to you for your review....and both had the same printed name Lynn Kristense or Lynn Kirstense, (which ever version you are seeing), but without the (n) at the end of each one, what would your opinion be then?
Steve ® March 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Never mind. She does it on purpose as to hide her true identity as a left wing wack job in a conservative district.
Mary Kundert March 29, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Mary Kundert March 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Anyone who wants to judge for themselves the integrity (or lack thereof) that Lynn Kristensen has shown these past couple of weeks can hear the recordings of her calls with Halcomb at www.mftax.org and decide for themselves on her character.
highlightfilm March 29, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Amazing! Her lies and lack of character are making our school district and community a laughing stock. She was so comfortable lying in that first call how could anyone think that she has not made a habit out of lying?! Time to find a new board member and Treasurer for the Jr Charger Basketball Club!
Tulsa March 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Mary : I did listen to Lynn's phone conversation , I am saddened by it , and that Lynn would put herself up to public redicule . Mrs,Kristensen you made a mistake and we all have also made mistakes in live . Mrs K, I think you should hold a press conference and Resign , You can put a stop to this right here and NOW , think of your family and yourself. Do the right thing and move on and put this behind you . ..... I wish you the Best
Jack Roberts March 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Where's the "SHAME SHAME SHAME" nuts when you need em? Talk about blowback, this is great. I love it. This will not stop either, it will go on for years and years and years!!!! Who's laughing now, LOLOLOL.
Rachel Holley Sciortino March 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I did listen. Everyone should listen. She showed great character -- she articulated a moderate stance on the boards actions, she pointed out the Board is non-partisan and that she didn't even know the political affiliation of the other board members. Then she called him back to admit her mistake - can you honestly say you have never lied to protect yourself or your family? This is exactly what all the first name only posters admitted to -- obscuring thier names to protect their personal interests (businesses) by reaining anonymous.
Rachel Holley Sciortino March 30, 2012 at 07:51 PM
This from the man whose kids all went to Catholic private school outside the district. Shouldn't you disclose that your only concern about the school board is to protect your money? I'd feel better if you ever mentioned kids, education-- or in some way indicated this was about the SCHOOL BOARD's work -- which is what this election is about. How about you look at her work and vote based on that? I realize you had a very specific agenda -- but did you not hear what she said in those sleazily obtained recordings? You were there Steve, you heard them...She actually sounded pretty great.
Luke March 30, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Rachel said:<<<Then she called him back to admit her mistake>>> That's the point you don't understand, Rachel. She called back and told another lie to cover her tracks. It's clear in the first conversation that she says she did not sign the petition, and she even wants to call the authorities. That's why her explanation makes no sense. Even our own SussexPach reporter was lied to. It never ends. Shame heaped upon shame. Call it what it is. Rachel commented<<<This is exactly what all the first name only posters admitted to -- obscuring thier names to protect their personal interests >>> No. They are NOT telling a lie, NOR breaking the law. It is not exactly the same, by any means. It is a right they have under the law. People who rob banks, kill, and falsify government documents ARE doing something to protect their personal interests. They are doing ILLEGAL things, which is why they have to lie about it. According to your logic, the person who earns a living by going to work is the same as the person who makes a living robbing banks. They are both doing so according to their own interests, so that makes them equivalent to you.
Rachel Holley Sciortino March 30, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Um, no Luke -- I'm saying what I said -- you failed to understand me and your interpretation is inaccurate. If you say one group has the right to hide their allegiance but another does not -- well we have to agree to disagree. If you think she belongs in the same category with bank robbers and killers -- then respectfully, I think you're nuts. Agree to disagree. And no we won't be meeting for coffee, thanks anyway.
Luke March 30, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Rachel said<<<Um, no Luke -- I'm saying what I said -- you failed to understand me and your interpretation is inaccurate. If you say one group has the right to hide their allegiance but another does not -- well we have to agree to disagree.>>> Rachel, you are the one that employed the term "exactly" when you posited that what Lynn did was the same thing that people in these forums are doing. So no, I did not misunderstand you, unless words don't mean anything. The fact is that you want to say that if something is allowed in one circumstance, we should not hold someone accountable if they break the law by doing it in another, unethical circumstance. According to that logic, because people shower in the nude, they should be able to do so in public. According to that logic, because people make a living by getting money, they should be allowed to rob banks. According to that logic, because people drive their mowers over their lawns, I should be able to drive my car across their lawns. Rachel said:<<< If you think she belongs in the same category with bank robbers and killers -- then respectfully, I think you're nuts.>>> She falsified a government document and broke the law....More than once. Then she lied to everyone in the community about it. <<<And no we won't be meeting for coffee, thanks anyway.>>> I don't give up that easily.
highlightfilm March 31, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Rachel, you are an intelligent woman and the fact you remain loyal to Lynn and can look beyond her blatant lack of integrity is commendable. She really needs that type of support right now along with multiple shovels. Yet, please do us all a favor and cease the attempts to redirect the conversation away from Lynn and to those that want/need to remain anonymous. She brought this turmoil on herself by printing her name incorrectly on recall petitions and everyone else is entitled to share their opinion and determine themselves whether or not to disclose their name.
MenomoneeFallsResident April 03, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Wack job, half wit, moron and idiot. That is just a sampling of the names that have been given to so many in this thread. What happened to respectful disagreements that do not result in name calling in order to feel superior to those who you disagree with. The fact of the matter is, this whole thread has turned into nothing short of name calling and character assassination in order to prove a point that neither side will ever change their mind on. We teach our children not call people names and not to use the internet as a means of bullying someone. Yet, there are adults in our community using this forum for that very purpose. You don't agree with Lynn, fine. But, consider that she has children in the school district who have to go to school and listen to the things their mother is being called. If you can't be civil for her sake, at least be civil for their sake. It is the "right" thing to do after all. That old saying "put yourself in their shoes" could go a long way here. Imagine how you would you feel if you knew YOUR child was going to school and hearing such horrible things said about you. Thank goodness the election is today, maybe our community can get back to normal starting tomorrow. Maybe some respect for different opinions and understanding that everyone will never agree on everything. It really makes me sad to see that adults can be so vicious, and in the community I am proud to live in and raise my children in.
Mary Kundert April 03, 2012 at 12:36 PM
MenomoneeFallsResident - I don't condone name calling either, but this isn't about a difference of opinion, it's about the integrity we expect from our elected officials. Lynn isn't being singled out for her political beliefs, it's because she was dishonest in the way she went about all this. She also could have avoided much of this by doing the "right" thing by resigning. I hope her kids learn from this as well - that you should be direct and honest with people (especially your constituents), and if you sign your name to something (correctly spelled) you should be able to stand up with the courage of your convictions and explain why. Finally, I hope your indignation about name calling and bullying isn't selectively applied. The names you've listed here absolutely pale in comparison to the names that Gov Walker, HIS FAMILY, LtGov Kleefisch and many others have been called. Death threats, marching on his home in Wauwatosa, and many other acts of mindless hatred and hostility. Imagine what it's been like to be Gov Walker's kids, attending a public high school for the last year. The reality is that bullying is what Unions are all about - it's what they do to keep their power and money. Like when they came to the home of my public school teacher friend and tried to bully her into staying in the union and having her dues taken via direct deposit. These are the very same unions that those who oppose Gov Walker and Act 10 would be put back in control of our schools.
Luke April 03, 2012 at 12:45 PM
@MenomoneeFallsResident I agree name-calling has no place in a civil discussion. However, when I think back to when I was a kid, the names I was called that were false did not hurt me as much as the ones that were true. It never hurt my feelings when someone called me stupid, because I knew better. But when anyone called me short and ugly.........it really hurt. I hope Lynn's kids are protected from what is true. I really do.
MenomoneeFallsResident April 03, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Mary, You have no idea what my political beliefs are, as that was not the point to my comment. My point was that we need to treat others the way we want to be treated. Where did I mention politics? I believe that name calling and bullying is wrong on either side of the aisle. Period. I don't believe in negative political ads or smear campaigns. You are making an assumption about my political leanings because I am asking people to think twice before being cruel. Why is that wrong?
Rachel Holley Sciortino April 03, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Really? Not being singled out for her political beliefs? Then why did her biggest critic, Mr. Jeremy Halcomb send a poison email to his pals? "Friends, You may have heard about our local Hamilton School Board race on talk radio this week, but if you haven't heard I want to make you aware of it. It's important for everyone in our district to know the following about Lynn Kristensen, the incumbent Board member. She signed the Walker recall petition. " ...end excerpt. Mr. Halcomb goes on to describe the rest of the accusations he has for Ms.Kristensen -- but his first accusation -- her biggest sin -- was signing the recall peition -- at least in his eyes. Seems like that political persecution of the highest order. Being a republican is not a state mandate. So let's not pretend this is about name spelling -- or character -- because that's an argument the attackers in this situation cannot win. Personally, I would let my children read my remarks -- but I wonder if the people using the foul language and inflammatory rhetoric would be proud to share theirs. And if they are -- I have to feel sorry for their children and the values they are teaching. BTW parts of Act 10 were found UNCONSTITUTIONAL last Friday you may want to read the paper and keep up. That's not lies -- that's fact.
atthec44 April 03, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Ms Sciortino – I will gladly admit that I plan to single out Lynn Kristensen on the ballot, partially for her political beliefs but mostly for the shenanigans that ensued after she was called out by a constituent for those beliefs. Fortunately for the taxpayers of the Hamilton School District, she’s not running un-opposed. By the way, you’re awfully critical of Jeremy for singling out an elected official for her political beliefs. Were you as critical of Lena Taylor when she singled out a small business owner in her own district for his political beliefs? I bet you weren’t.
Mary Kundert April 03, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Rachel - you seem to want to separate the school board from politics, which is illogical. Act 10 determines how we manage our public schools and tax dollars. Act 10 actually gives teachers the freedom to choose whether or not to be a member of the union. Act 10 allows our school boards to evaluate teachers on merit, rather than seniority. Act 10 has teachers contribute a very nominal amount towards incredibly generous pension and health care benefits, rather than forcing teacher layoffs or massive property tax increases. So, Lynn's "political" position opposing Act 10 by forcing the recall of Gov Walker is the defining issue in this race. I'm sorry you are unable to make these basic connections. You call Jeremy's email "poison" - nothing in the email is untrue.
Mary Kundert April 03, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I also find it interesting that you picked and chose what parts of Jeremy's email to post. The rest of the contents of the email follow: "She misspelled her name when she printed her name on the petition (left the 'n' off the end of her last name). She also signed the Alberta Darling recall petition last year, and misspelled her name the exact same way. She signed this petition even though she did not live in Darling's district. Copies of both recall petitions can be viewed at http://content.clearchannel.com/cc-common/mlib/3627/03/3627_1333053828.pdf (look at Line 7 on both pages). When I called her and asked her if she signed the Walker recall petition, she lied to me and denied signing it four separate times, even saying how 'troublesome' it was that her name was on the petition. She called me back the following night to admit signing the petition. Although she admitted signing, she tried to revise her previous denials by saying that she had meant to say, 'No, I'm not going to respond to your question.' Because she has continued to deny to local media that she lied to me, recordings of the calls have been posted at www.mftax.org so people can listen and judge for themselves."
Mary Kundert April 03, 2012 at 09:14 PM
(email con't) I think there are two important things to note here. One, by signing these recall petitions and opposing Act 10, Lynn clearly believes in a liberal ideology that is counter to what the significant majority of our residents believe in terms of how we should manage our tax dollars and public schools. Second and more importantly, Lynn has demonstrated a pattern of dishonesty. We need people of integrity in our local government, and Lynn isn't one. So I urge each of you to vote this coming Tuesday, April 3rd for Brian Schneider, who thankfully is running against her. In order to make sure we are successful in electing Brian, I would also ask each of you to take a few minutes to email, call, text or post a message to Facebook asking other neighbors or friends in the Hamilton District (Sussex, Lisbon, SW Men Falls) to make sure they vote for Brian on Tuesday. Thanks for your help. Jeremy Everything in this email is true - I suppose the truth can be "poison", Rachel.
Luke April 03, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Rachel said<<<Really? Not being singled out for her political beliefs? Then why did her biggest critic, Mr. Jeremy Halcomb send a poison email to his pals?>>> He sent it out because they would be receptive, and because that is an important issue to him. He has that right. And, in fact, a number of school boards manipulated circumstances so that they run out of money by not taking advantage of Act 10, so it should be a concern to everyone, one way or ther other. And need I remind you, Rachel, that you said this last week? Rachel said: <<<"Um, the last time I checked you didn't have to check you political beliefs at the door to serve in public office. This is America, right?">>> So, apparently Jeremy (myself included) agree with you and want to know exactly what beliefs she is bringing through that door that inform her thinking. The fact remains, however, that Lynn Kristensen has broken the law a number of times, and in addition she went public with a false story, suggesting that Jeremy is the one who is not telling the truth about what went on in that conversation.


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