Danielle Danford | Staff writer
WASHBURN COUNTY—The 2018 spring elections are drawing closer as is the deadline – Tuesday, Jan. 2 – for those to file their candidacy papers.
Come April 3, Washburn County voters will elect all the members of the Washburn County Board of Supervisors and some of the members on every school board, village board and city council in Washburn County. The Register published an article outlining all the different elections in its Nov. 28 issue.
This story looks to emphasize those who have filed their candidacy paperwork with the county clerk.
According to Washburn County clerk Lolita Olson, 10 members of the 21-member Washburn County Board of Supervisors have completed their candidacy paperwork. Those individuals include Karen Baker, Linda Featherly, Sandy Johnson, Tom Mackie, Tom Ricci, Bob Olsgard, Beth Esser, Hank Graber, David Haessig and Romaine Quinn.
One county board member, Terri Reiter, has filed noncandidacy paperwork. Reiter serves in the District 18 position that represents a third of the city of Spooner. The clerk’s election notes state that Lynn Hoeppner, District 11, has stated she is not running for re-election, but there is no official noncandidacy paperwork filed yet. However, another person has filed paperwork for the position. That is Dave Wilson.
The election to represent District 1, which is largely the village of Minong and the immediate surrounding area, will have a contest between incumbent candidate Karen Baker and former county board member Micheal Bobin.
There is approximately two weeks left for current and new candidates to file their paperwork. Candidates for county board are required to file three documents before they can be placed on the ballots. These include a declaration of candidacy, a campaign registration statement and nomination papers. Nomination papers are a collection of 20 signatures from residents in the district the candidate seeks to represent.
These papers are available at the Washburn County clerk’s office within the Washburn County Courthouse in Shell Lake. They are also available on the county’s website at co.washburn.wi.us/departments/county-clerk. These papers must be filed by Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. Those with questions or have interest in running for election are encouraged to contact Olson at 715-468-4600.