Candidates for city offices can circulate papers Dec. 1

By Brandi Makuski

Candidates interested in running for office during the spring election can begin circulating nomination papers on Dec. 1.

A total of eight city offices are up for re-election on April 2, according to City Clerk Paul Piotrowski. City council seats in odd-numbered districts—a council majority of six—will be up for a new two-year term, along with the four-year offices of city clerk and mayor.

If necessary, Piotrowski said, a primary election will be held Feb. 19.

Piotrowski, who was appointed in October to fill the remainder of former Clerk John Moe’s term, has already announced he intends to run for a full term in the spring. Moe stepped down early to relocate to the Madison area.

Wiza has said he intends to run for another term but has not made a formal announcement. To date, none of the council members in odd-numbered districts have announced an intention to run again.

“Anyone who intends to run can announce their intentions now, they can put out signs out now…they just aren’t allowed to circulate nomination papers until December 1,” Piotrowski said.

Candidates interested in running for city council will be required to collect 20-40 signatures from the district in which they run. Candidates for city clerk and mayor will need to collect 200-400 signatures from city residents.

Candidacy papers are available from the city clerk’s office, 1515 Strongs Ave., or online from the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.