2020 Election Season is Gearing Up – How to Run for Local Office

Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Election season 2020 is coming up fast with several important local races to keep in mind.

In Marshfield, the two-year term for mayor is up and will be added to the ballot on April 7 for the spring election.

Those interested in running for mayor must fill out a Campaign Registration Statement and a Declaration of Candidacy. Visit City Clerk Deb Hall at 207 W. 6th Street (City Hall) to obtain the necessary paperwork. To enter the race, candidates must collect 200-400 signatures from city residents.

Common Council may see some changes with odd-numbered alderman districts up for election (1, 3, 5, 7, 9). These seats are currently held by Mike Feirer, Chris Jockheck, Steve MacSwain, Adam Fischer, and Tom Buttke.

To run for alderman, visit City Hall to fill out the necessary paperwork and circulate nomination papers beginning Dec. 1. Between 20-40 signatures of residents from the relevant district are required.

Two positions are also up for the School District of Marshfield school board. The incumbents are Mark Konrardy, treasurer, who has served on the board since 2011, and Dorothy Chaney, who has served since 2014. The candidate elected would serve a 3-year term.

Candidates who are interested in running for school board can apply by filling out  paperwork at the district office at 1010 E. 4th Street or downloading it from the Wisconsin Ethics Commission website. Gathering signatures is not required for school board candidates.

The Wood County Board has 19 seats up for election in April. The board confirmed the appointment of Dawn Urban to the vacant District 4 seat during the Nov. 12 meeting of the board. Those interested in running for a seat can obtain documents from the County Clerk at the Wood County Courthouse, or online. Call 715-421-8460 with any questions.

All candidates running for elected positions must file paperwork no later than the end of office hours on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.

Incumbent officeholders not intending to seek re-election must provide notification by Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. If needed, the spring primary will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

An additional date to remember is the special election on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 to fill Sean Duffy’s vacant seat for the 7th Congressional District.

Kaylin S
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