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Spring Election Update

Local ballots for the spring election cycle are starting to take shape, and there is still time for interested individuals to throw their hat into the ring.

Three Richland County Board Supervisors have decided to step down from their posts when their terms expire in 2016. Gaylord Deets in District #2, Tom Crofton in District #3, and Lewis Van Vliet in District #5 have all filed noncandidacy papers with the county clerk. Supervisor Jeanetta Kirkpatrick has filed nomination papers and will appear on the ballot in District #1. Also in District #1, Thomas Simonson was circulating nomination papers, but had not filed as of this (Tues) morning. Patrick Marshall has filed nomination papers for a run in District #2. Bryan Myers has taken out papers for circulation in District #2, but has not yet filed. With Crofton filing non-candidacy, no candidate has shown official interest in District #3. Supervisor Donald Seep has filed papers for another run in District #4. Sandra Kramer has also filed papers, and will challenge Seep in District #4. In District #5, Richard McKee has filed nomination papers and will appear on the ballot. Melanie Ring has taken out papers for circulation in District #5, but had not returned them as of last word.

District #6 Richland County Supervisor Marty Brewer has taken out papers for another run, but has not yet returned them to the clerk's office. Incumbent Supervisor Paul Kinney has filed for another run in District #7. Larry Jewell is seeking another term in District #8 and will appear on the ballot. District #9 incumbent Carol Clausius has taken out papers, but has yet to return them. Gary Peters in District #10, Bob Bellman in District #11, and Linda Gentes in District #12 have all turned in nomination papers and are the only known candidates for their respective districts. David Turk in District #13 was circulating papers for signatures as of last word. Fred Clary in District #14, Ruth Williams in District #15, and Virginia Wiedenfeld in District #16 will all be unopposed on the ballot as of this time. James Lewis in District #17 has papers out, but has not yet returned them. Steve Williamson in District #17 has returned papers and will be on the ballot. Marilyn Marshall is seeking another term on the county board in District #18. A contested race will take place in District #19. Incumbent Supervisor Richard Rasmussen will be opposed by Van Nelson. Finally, Supervisors Larry Sebranek and Junior Marshall have returned nomination papers and are currently unopposed in their reelection bids for District #20 and #21 respectively.

The City of Richland Center finds several individuals who have shown official interest in their local government. City Alderperson Susan Fruit is not seeking another term on City Council in District #1. Diane Cox has returned nomination papers and will appear on the ballot in District #1. Wes Starkey has taken out papers for a possible run in District #1, but has not yet filed them with the city clerk. Incumbent Jay Mueller has taken out papers for another run in District #2. Travis Wertz is also circulating papers for a possible run in District #2. Incumbent Alderperson Judy Shireman has papers out in District #3. John Collins has returned papers and will appear on the ballot in District #3. And incumbent city council member Mike Kaufman has returned papers and will be a listed candidate in District #4, and is the only individual who has shown official interest in that post. Finally, Richland Center Mayor Paul Corcoran has filed papers with the city clerk, and will appear on the Spring ballot for another run at that position.

The Richland School District will have two new board members after the spring election. That's because the incumbents for both seats have filed official Declarations of Non-Candidacy: Patti Silver in Area #2, and Mike O'Leary in Area #3. Area #2 represents the western rural portion of the school district. Area #3 represents the City of Richland Center.  As of today (Tuesday), there has been no one who has shown interest in either of those positions.

The deadline to submit the necessary paperwork with the respective school, municipal, or county clerk to appear on the ballot is the end of the business day next Tuesday (January 5).