With less than a week before the deadline to enter the spring election, plenty of opportunities remain for new candidates to file in Ripon.
Green Lake, meanwhile, is expecting several contested races, including a three-way mayor’s campaign that requires a primary in February.
Ripon city government
Ripon City Clerk Ann Schommer said all incumbents whose seats are up for grabs this spring are running for re-election, but there are no challengers as of this morning (Thursday).
That means Ripon city races will be uncontested unless new candidates enter the race.
Officials currently unopposed for this spring’s election include Mayor Gary Will (who is nearing the end of his second two-year term), District 1 Ald. James Werch, District 1 Ald. Deano Pape (filling out the remainder of a four-year term ending in 2016), District 2 Ald. Joel Brockman, District 3 Ald. Howard Hansen and District 4 Ald. Al Schroeder.
Nomination papers are due by Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. at Ripon City Hall.
Ripon School Board
Two of the three incumbents whose seats are up for grabs — Tom Stellmacher and Sherry Muskavitch — are running for re-election, while a third (Barb Schultz) has not yet indicated her plans for this election.
Meanwhile, two other citizens have taken out papers to run but have not yet officially returned them, Ripon Area School District Business Manager Rick Ketter reported.
Their names will be shared if and when they return completed paperwork.