Janesville City Council field reaches 10

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
— Four more residents—including an incumbent—have announced they will seek one of four open seats on the Janesville City Council on April 3.

That brings to 10 the number of residents who have said they intend to run.

Incumbents Yuri Rashkin and Tom McDonald will not seek re-election, and they leave two-year terms to be filled. George Brunner recently resigned, and the fourth-highest vote getter will fill the remainder of his one-year term.

Residents who recently announced they would seek election are:

-- Incumbent Kathy Voskuil, 52, of 3417 Amhurst Road. She is in sales for Pfizer Drugs and serves on the city’s plan commission. She will have four years on the council in April.

-- Matthew Kealy, 29, of 1203 Winchester Place. He owns Matt’s Dog House and Kealy’s Kafe, Janesville.

-- Andy Murray, 32, of 2211 Browning Drive. He is in sales at Data Dimensions.

-- Troy Zimdars, 42, of 709 N. Wuthering Hills Drive. He is employed as an installation technician for Honeywell International, Madison.

The following residents earlier announced they will seek a seat on the council:

-- Billy R. McCoy, 58, of 1326 Putnam Ave.

-- Jim Farrell, 65, of 1427 N. Harmony Drive.

-- DuWayne Severson, 54, of 56 S. Martin Road.

-- Angela Smillie, 31, of 921 N. Garfield Ave.

-- Michael F. Southers, 40, of 1841 S. Chatham.

-- Brad Westness, 27, of 3421 Ruger Ave.

The city council could vote to hold a primary election if more than eight candidates file nomination papers by the January deadline. Jean Wulf, city clerk, said the council voted to hold a primary only once in recent memory. That was in 2008, when 11 candidates sought three open seats. Five people were eliminated in that primary.

A primary to elect a Rock County judge is scheduled for Feb. 21.

Residents who want to run for city council can pick up nomination forms in City Hall, 18 N. Jackson St. They must be returned with no fewer than 200 signatures and no more than 400 signatures by Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Last updated: 7:07 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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