Two city council challengers meet Tuesday deadline

Metro Wire Staff

Challengers in two city council districts have announced their candidacy for the spring election.

City Clerk Paul Piotroski kept the clerk’s window open until Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline for filing nomination paperwork. At least one other person picked up candidacy paperwork for an unknown district, he said, but did not return it.

In District 2, second-term Alderman David Shorr is being challenged by Corey Kealiher. Shorr has held the seat since 2016 and wrote the motion that made bicycle lanes on Stanley St. a reality. Kealiher has not yet responded to a request for an interview.

In District 6, Jeremy Slowinski is being challenged by Stephen Sawyer. Slowinski previously announced he would not seek reelection, citing frustration with the direction of city government, but he reversed his decision to avoid leaving the seat empty, and before Sawyer returned his candidacy paperwork. Slowinski has since said he’s recommitted to public service. Sawyer has not yet returned a message requesting an interview.

In District 4, Alderwoman Mykeerah Zarazua, a social worker by trade, is running unopposed after being elected by the council in May as an interim councilmember. Zarazua took over for former Councilwoman Heidi Oberstadt, who resigned in January.

The sole candidate for District 8 is UW-Stevens Point Professor Thomas Leek, who teaches German language and culture. He also volunteers with an international student exchange program. Two-term councilwoman Cathy Dugan will not seek reelection.

Councilwoman Keeley Fishler, another appointee, will run for her first full term unopposed in the 10th District. Fishler replaced Alderman Mike Phillips, who moved out of the district and also expressed frustration with changes in the city’s spending decisions in recent years.

City council members are paid $5,300 annually and are expected to attend monthly council meetings, and serve on various committees.

The spring election is April 7. You can register to vote here.