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Our View: Now is the time to consider running for local government position

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Our View: Now is the time to consider running for local government position
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

It is a difficult time of the year to think about civic duty, but that’s exactly what must happen if someone is thinking about running for a position on a local board in the spring election.


Despite the hectic schedule that surrounds Christmas, now is the time to be exploring the procedure for seeking office in the city of Hudson, village of North Hudson, school board, county board or the various town boards.

Some positions require the circulation of nomination papers; others need only a declaration of candidacy. The spring election is April 1 (Feb. 18 primary, if needed), but all necessary preliminary work, regardless of the governmental unit (except towns with caucuses), must be completed by 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday in January, which is Tuesday, Jan. 7, in 2014.

It is too early to tell in most municipalities if incumbents in each of the positions will run again. Some will, some won’t. That, of course, should not discourage a citizen who is interested in seeking office. When voters are offered a choice, it brings more people to the polls and gives citizens options to consider.

We pay tribute to all the people currently serving in local government and to those considering the possibility of running for office. The pay is low, criticism is often high and the responsibilities are huge. Those willing to serve are true public servants.

Positions open in the city of Hudson include Mayor Alan Burchill and Alderpersons Mary Yacoub (District 2), Lori Bernard (District 3) and Kurt TeWinkel (District 4). All positions are for two years.

Positions open in North Hudson include Trustees Ted Head, George Klein and Daryl Standafer. All trustee positions are for two years.

Positions open on the Board of Education are those of Lynn Robson and Daniel Tjornehoj. Those are three-year positions.

Candidates on two of the three area town boards are selected at town caucuses in January. Caucus dates will be determined at board meetings in December.

Up for election in the town of Hudson are supervisors David Ostby and Don Jordan. Positions are for two years. Candidates will be determined at a January caucus.

Up for election in the town of St. Joseph are supervisors Thomas Spaniol and Brian Gullickson. Positions are for two years with candidates to be determined at a January caucus.

Up for election in the town of Troy are Supervisor 2 David Hense and Supervisor 4 Jason Kjos. Positions are for two years. Troy uses the nomination paper system.

All of the 19 county board supervisors are up for election in April. They all run at the same time in even numbered years. Also on the ballot will be the posts of Circuit Court Judge, St. Croix County Branch 1 (Eric Lundell) and Branch 4 (Howard Cameron). Those are six-year terms.

Among the county board supervisors serving in districts that touch the Hudson area are Agnes Ring (District 2), Tim Hood (District 3), Daryl Standafer (District 4), Fred Yoerg (District 5), Clarence Malick (District 6), Kris Kilber (District 7), Richard Ottino (District 8), Tom Hawksford (District 9) and Dave Ostness (District 10). Supervisors are elected for two-year terms.

Now is the time to put your plan into motion if you are considering becoming a public office holder