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Registration open for Sauk County Board candidates

November 17, 2017 GMT

Those interested in running for Sauk County Board in the spring election have until Jan. 2 to file paperwork necessary to get their names on the ballot.

There are 31 supervisory districts within Sauk County, and the first step for any candidate is to figure which one they live in.

Tech-savvy people can use the state’s My Vote Wisconsin website or look at a map of supervisory districts that is available through the Sauk County Clerk ’s website.

Candidates who are registered voters also can call the clerk’s office to confirm their district. Those who are not registered, and can’t figure out their district online, can ask the clerk’s office for assistance.

“If the person is not a registered voter, they can come in to our office as we have hard copy maps that we use to determine which district they are in,” said Sauk County Clerk Becky Evert.

Paperwork can be downloaded from the clerk’s website, or picked up in person at the West Square Building in Baraboo. Campaign registration statements can be filed anytime before 5 p.m. on Jan. 2.

Candidates also must obtain between 20 and 100 signatures from residents within their district on a separate form, but may not begin to circulate that document until Dec. 1. The signatures also must be turned in by 5 p.m. on Jan. 2.

Evert said although documents can be mailed to the clerk’s office, that’s probably not a good idea because many candidates make mistakes. If incomplete forms are submitted in person, clerk’s office staff can explain to candidates how to correct the error.

“We review the paperwork as it is turned in,” Evert said.

The clerk’s office already has received declaration of candidacy forms from two sitting board members, District 17 Supervisor Joan Fordham and District 21 Supervisor Charles Spencer, both of the Baraboo area.

Two newcomers also have filed paperwork. One of them worked for the county for 19 years.

Carl Gruber of the town of Baraboo, the county’s former safety and risk manager, intends to run for the District 27 seat currently held by first-term incumbent Andy Andrews.

Brandon Lohr of the town of Sumpter also has filed papers to run in the county’s 26th district. The supervisor who held that seat, Eric Peterson of Prairie du Sac, resigned Nov. 1 after moving from the district.

Three current supervisors have announced they do not intend to seek re-election. They include District 4 Supervisor Nathan Johnson of La Valle, District 14 Supervisor Rebecca Hovde of Baraboo, and District 20 Supervisor Judy Ashford of Merrimac.

Supervisors receive $50 for committee meetings and $60 for monthly board meetings they attend, plus reimbursement for mileage and other authorized expenses. They may collect payment for one meeting a day, and 90 a year.

During its meeting Tuesday, the board voted 25-4 to leave reimbursement levels the same for the next two-year term.