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Municipalities seek candidates to fill ballots

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GINA R. HEINE
January 7, 2010

If you have ever wanted to be on the Clinton Village Board, now is your chance.


The village in southeast Rock County only has one candidate for four seats in the April 6 election.


Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to file papers to run because two incumbents did not file statements of non-candidacy.


Clinton is among four races in Rock and Walworth counties that lack enough candidates to fill the ballot.


Walworth County
Big Foot High School Board: Incumbent Michael Lynch did not file a statement of non-candidacy, so district residents may file papers to run for the Sharon/Sharon Township seat by 5 p.m. Friday.
Whitewater City Council: District 2 incumbent Max Taylor did not file a statement of non-candidacy, so district residents may file papers to run by 5 p.m. Friday.

The district is almost entirely UW-Whitewater students, and most of them are away from campus for break this month, Clerk Michele Smith said. Taylor is a student and will be graduating in May, she said.


Traver School Board: Incumbent Steven Mack is not seeking re-election and no one else has filed to run.

In Clinton, three two-year terms and one one-year term are up for election. Prior to Tuesday’s deadline to file for candidacy, village administrator Philip Rath said a couple people had expressed interest in running.


“We get that every year,” he said. “Whether people actually will or not …”


Art Bushue is the only incumbent seeking re-election.


If Friday’s deadlines don’t bring enough names to fill the ballots, the open seats will go to the top write-in names, Rath and Smith said.


If there are not enough write-ins or the winning write-ins turn down the position, the board could appoint people, Rath said. Smith said the city of Whitewater attorney would advise the council on its next step.



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