Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots for local office holders, as well as for the state’s head of public schools and a Supreme Court justice.
Polls will be open statewide from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. Voters can register to vote or cast an absentee ballot at their municipal clerk’s office until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28.
Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler predicted an average spring election turnout around 20 percent of eligible voters based on past history.
Area ballots will have a few contested local races, including for Milton City Council alderperson, City of Milton mayor and Milton Town Board supervisor.
In the City of Milton, four candidates are seeking three seats on the city council, but it’s complicated. Incumbents Brett Frazier, Don Vruwink and Anissa Welch are seeking re-election to the council. Former alderperson Lynda Clark has also been campaigning as a write-in candidate.
City council candidate Mike Verran said he is no longer running for the position (his announcement appears on page 5A), but his name will remain on the ballot. A spokesman for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board last week confirmed that if Verran were to win a seat on the council, he could decline to accept the position. The Milton City Council could then appoint somebody to fill the seat.
Also in the City of Milton, incumbent mayor Tom Chesmore faces challenges from two current city council members as he seeks re-election. Frazier, also running for a seat on the city council, and alderperson Nancy Lader, who is not up for re-election this year, are both vying for the mayor seat.
Both the mayor and city council positions are two-year terms.
In the Town of Milton, three candidates are seeking two seats on the town board. Incumbent supervisors Beth Drew and John Traynor are both seeking re-election for another two-year term. They are joined on the ballot by newcomer Louis Pins.
Milton Town Chairman Bryan Meyer is seeking re-election unopposed for another two-year term.
Other contested races in nearby townships include three candidates who are seeking two Town of Harmony supervisor seats: Don Quarterman, Mike Barlass and Emmett Reilly. John Hillman and Robert F. Mawhinney will face off for the Town of Johnstown’s second supervisor seat.
On the Milton Board of Education, incumbent president Rob Roy and treasurer Betsy Lubke are running for re-election unopposed. Each school board position is a three year term.
At the statewide level, incumbent state superintendent of instruction Tony Evers is facing a challenge from Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) in his bid for re-election to a four-year term. Incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack is being challenged for a 10-year term by Ed Fallone, a Marquette University law professor.