Candidates lining up for school, city posts

December 29, 2018 GMT

Potential candidates interested in running for mayor, the odd-numbered districts and the Watertown Unified School District’s school board seats have until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to submit their candidacy papers for the upcoming elections in spring 2019.

Candidates running for mayor or alderman in districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 must also submit signatures. People running for mayor must get between 200 and 400 signatures. A person running for alderman must get 20 to 40 signatures from eligible voters in the district in which they are running.

If there are three or more candidates running for a district or mayor, a primary election would be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


As of today, there are four candidates running for mayor. First District Alderwoman Emily McFarland and 4th District Alderman Kurt Larsen of the Watertown Common Council, former mayor and Alderman Fred Smith and former District 9 Alderman Jim Romlein have announced they will be running for the position.

All candidates running for mayor have returned signatures to the Watertown City Clerk/Treasurer’s Office.

Under city term limits, Mayor John David cannot run for re-election in April. He will have completed two consecutive three-year terms.

With four people running, a primary election will be required in February with the top two vote-getters advancing to the April general elections.

A number of people have taken out papers to run for alderman positions.

Bob Mudler announced he will be a candidate for District 1 alderman on the Watertown Common Council. He is seeking the position currently held by McFarland who announced in July that she would be a candidate for mayor.

Mudler has turned in signatures to the city clerk/treasurer’s office.

Steven Board, Chris Ruetten and Stephanie Bykowski are candidates for the 3rd District alderman. Board is the director of development for Maranatha University and Ruetten has been a professional land surveyor for civil engineering companies for the last 17 years. Bykowski is co-owner of Sweet Talkin’ Treats, 108 S. Third St.

All three candidates for District 3 have submitted signatures.

Ken Berg is currently the 3rd District alderman but is not eligible to run for re-election in 2019.

Jill Holthaus has taken out papers and returned her signatures to run for alderwoman for District 5. The seat is currently held by Alderman Steve Zgonc who is not eligible to run for re-election.


Cindia Cameron and Judith Cornell announced that they will be running for alderwoman for the city of Watertown’s 7th District. Cameron currently works at Baseman Brothers Inc. in Ixonia doing accounting for the business.

Augie Tietz is currently alderman of District 7 but because of term limits he is not eligible to seek re-election. Cameron and Cornell have not submitted their signatures.

Alderwoman Linda Kilps is seeking re-election for District 9 and as of now no one else has filed nomination papers. She had not returned signatures as of this morning.

City Clerk/Treasurer Elissa Meltesen told the Daily Times they have not certified the signature counts but the office will be working on it today.

Three seats are open on the Watertown Unified School District Board of Education. Incumbents Steve Kauffeld, Ron Buchanan and Paul VanDenLangenberg have filed papers to run for re-election.