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Want to Run for Office? Paperwork is Due on Jan. 2

Now is the time to act if you're interested in running for office in the city, town, village, school district or county. Most deadlines to file for candidacy are Jan. 2, 2013.

April 2 still seems a longs ways away, but it's already time to start thinking about the local elections that will happen that day. Any primaries for those elections will take place on Feb. 19. In order to get on the ballot for those elections, individuals must file with the proper authority by Jan. 2.

In most cases, candidates must gather a minimum number of signatures on their nomination papers. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, was the first day those papers could be circulated.

Hudson municipalities will have a variety of ballot races on the April 2 ballot, including school board candidates, county board candidates and a smattering of local board member candidates. Keep in mind, there's no guarantee that incumbents will run again.

The following is a guide to help navigate you through the process of filing your candidacy.

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CITY OF HUDSON

In the City of Hudson, you'll need to file your paperwork with City Clerk Nancy Korson at Hudson City Hall. Deadline for filing is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Offices up for Election

  • Alderperson, District 1 (two-year term, $3,600 per year) current incumbent Randy Morrissette II; 20-40 signatures required
  • Alderperson, District 5 (two-year term, $3,600 per year) current incumbent John Hoggatt; 20-40 signatures required
  • Alderperson, District 6 (two-year term, $3,600 per year) current incumbent Richard Vanselow; 20-40 signatures required

Ballot Access Checklist (Nomination Papers)

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TOWN OF HUDSON

Candidates for Town Supervisor and Town Chairperson seats must be nominated at the Town Caucus. If more than two individuals are nominated for the same position, a vote will be held at the caucus to reduce the number to two. The caucus will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Once nominated, candidates will have five days to file their paperwork with Hudson Town Clerk Vickie Shaw at Hudson Town Hall.

Offices up for Election

  • Town Chairperson (two-year term, $17,800 per year) current incumbent Jeff Johnson
  • Town Supervisor (two-year term, $5,000 per year) current incumbent Kernon Bast
  • Town Supervisor (two-year term, $5,000 per year) current incumbent Tim Foster

Ballot Access Checklist (Nomination by Caucus)

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VILLAGE OF NORTH HUDSON

In the Village of North Hudson, you'll need to file your paperwork with Village Clerk Becky Milbrandt at North Hudson Village Hall. Deadline for filing is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Offices up for Election

  • Village President (two-year term, $3,600, plus $75 per board meeting and $50 per committee meeting up to $2,400) current incumbent George Klein; 20-100 signatures
  • Village Trustee (two-year term, $75 per board meeting / $50 per committee meeting up to $2,400) current incumbent Colleen O'Brien-Berglund; 20-100 signatures required
  • Village Trustee (two-year term, $75 per board meeting / $50 per committee meeting up to $2,400) current incumbent Daniel Ortner; 20-100 signatures required 
  • Village Trustee (two-year term, $75 per board meeting / $50 per committee meeting up to $2,400) current incumbent Marc Zappa; 20-100 signatures required 
  • Municipal Judge (four-year term, $6,800 per year) current incumbent Ben Wopat

Ballot Access Checklist (Nomination Papers)

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HUDSON SCHOOL DISTRICT

In the Hudson School District, you'll need to file your paperwork with Executive Assistant Diane Radle at the Hudson School District office. Deadline for filing is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Offices up for Election

  • Board of Education Member (three-year term, $100 per month and $50 per meeting) current incumbent Mark Kaisersatt
  • Board of Education Member (three-year term, $100 per month and $50 per meeting) current incumbent Pat German

Ballot Access Checklist (Nomination Papers)

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STATE

Candidates must file with the Government Accountability Board (information available at http://gab.wi.gov/ or call 608-266-8005).

Offices up for Election

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction (four-year term) current incumbent Tony Evers
  • St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge (six-year term) current incumbent Edward F. Vlack
  • District III Court of Appeals Judge (six-year term) no current incumbent
  • State Supreme Court Justice (10-year term) current incumbent Pat Roggensack

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