Paperwork available for those interested in local offices
Those looking to serve Portage County and its municipalities and school districts can take out nomination paperwork beginning Friday, Dec. 1.
The deadline for filing nomination papers is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Required papers may include a campaign registration form, nominations for nonpartisan offices and declaration of candidacy.
If required – and already through voiced public interest in positions it appears there will be – a primary election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.
The spring election will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
Those in office currently who do not wish to seek re-election have until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, to file their notification of non-candidacy.
Some offices up for election include one Justice of the Supreme Court for a term of 10 years currently held by incumbent Mike Gableman; one Court of Appeals Judge for a term of six years currently held by incumbent Joanne Kloppenburg; two Circuit Court Judges, each for a term of six years currently held by Thomas Eagon, Portage County Branch 1, and Thomas Flugaur, Portage County Branch 3; County Executive for a term of four years currently held by incumbent Patty Dreier; and all 25 District County Supervisor seats.
One state referendum currently is expected in the April 3 election: Shall the office of state treasurer be eliminated from the constitution and to replace the state treasurer with the lieutenant governor as a member of the Board of Commissions of Public Lands?
In the city of Stevens Point, even-numbered district aldermanic seats are up for election, including District 2, currently held by David Schorr; District 4, currently held by Heidi Oberstadt; District 6, currently held by Jeremy Slowinski; District 8, currently held by Cathy Dugan; and District 10, currently held by Mike Phillips. Those seats are for two-year terms each.
Information about aldermanic district boundaries can be obtained from City Clerk John Moe, 1515 Strongs Ave., Stevens Point.
Stevens Point Area Public School District will have three at-large positions on its board up for election. Those seats are currently held by Board President Meg Erler, and board members Judy Rannow and Mike Wade.
Positions on other town and village boards as well as within other school districts in the county may also be up for election.
The State Supreme Court Justice has at least three who have been campaigning for the position; and three people have publically announced their intent to seek the County Executive seat. In both of those situations, a primary would need to be held Feb. 20.
The village of Park Ridge expects to vote Dec. 11 on language for a referendum question concerning the future of its fire protection services and its volunteer fire department. Board officials have expressed desire to seek a referendum question on the issue for the Feb. 20 ballot.