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Report
Are You Ready to Run for
Local Elected Office?
Name, County, and Date
The Current Situation:
____ County Board Turnover in 2002
•X number of____ County Board Supervisors
•X number of new County Board Supervisors (%)
•X counties had more turnover (by percentage)
•Polk County had 60% new County Board Supervisors
The Current Situation:
_____ County Town Board Turnover in
2003
•X number of Town Officials in Sauk County
•X number were new (%)
•X counties had more turnover (by percentage) than
_____County.
• Menomonee had 56% new Town Board Officials
Why Run for Local Elected Office?
•Driven by single burning issue
• Love the debate, analytical thinking, and
opportunities for creative problem solving
• Not satisfied with the incumbent
Why Run for Local Elected Office?
• Love of learning – You want to understand
how your community operates.
• Desire to make your community a
better place to live!
• Make your mark! Watch your policies
come to fruition.
Should You Run for Local Elected Office?
Should You Run For Local Elected Office?
#2 What are your PERSONAL
and POLITICAL strengths and
weaknesses?
Should You Run For Local Elected Office?
#3 Are you connected with your community? What
issues have sparked debate or reaction lately?
Changing
Enrollment
Property
Tax Relief
Aging
Population
Low Income
Housing
Your
Community
New Health
Care Facility
School
Referendum
Protect
Drinking Water
Highway
Expansion
Land Use
Planning
Should You Run For Local Elected Office?
#4 Who is your electorate and what is the
political tradition in your community?
Percent of Sauk
County residents
with at least a high
school degree
census.gov
Should You Run For Local Elected Office?
#5 How much time, money and energy will you need?
Should You Run For Local Elected Office?
#6 Which office is the best fit for you?
County
Board
Step by Step Checklist
 Decide to run for office
 Register with the appropriate
clerk
• EB-1 and “Campaign
Finance and Bookkeeping
Manual”
 Meet with your supporters to
discuss issues and strategies
 Appoint a campaign
committee – usually the
candidate in local races
Step by Step Checklist
 Ask the clerk if the nomination procedure for your chosen
office is requires nomination papers or caucus
Nomination Papers:
Caucus:
The candidate must circulate
nomination papers and
compile signatures from the
district he/she seeks to
represent.
The candidate must be
nominated from the floor or
by secret ballot for the office.
If more than 2 candidates are
nominated, a vote will take
place at the caucus.
Step by Step Checklist
 Receive in writing, notice of your nomination from the
clerk
 WITHIN 5 DAYS of receiving written notice, fill out
form EB-162
 Determine if you need to file campaign finance reports
You are exempt from filing if ALL of the following apply:
1.) You not anticipate accepting contributions, or incurring
loans greater that $1,000.00 in a calendar year.
-AND2.) You don’t accept more that $100.00 from a single source.
- AND3.) You or your treasurer signs and dates the request for
exemption on form EB-1.
If YOU to Run for Elected Office…
•Voters will have more opinions and points of view to choose
from.
•Incumbents may feel more pressure to ensure they are
meeting their constituents needs.
•Incumbents may feel they have to work harder to
communicate what they have accomplished.
•More people will understand local government and the
challenges and opportunities facing their community.
We Need More of You to Run for
Elected Office!!
In some communities, people don’t run for office because
they don’t want to anger the incumbent.
• Many local elected officials keep running for office
because they feel that if they don’t run, nobody will.
• Most local elected officials want others to get involved
in government.
It is important to remember that YOU
are the government!
GET INVOLVED!
•VOTE!
•Get involved in a political party
•Share your opinions with your representatives
•Help someone else run for public office
•Make a campaign contribution
•Serve on a local government committee
Great Web Resources
• Wisconsin State Elections Board: http://elections.state.wi.us
• Local Government Center: http://www.uwex.edu/lgc/
• Wisconsin League of Women Voters: http://www.lwvwi.org
• Wisconsin State Statutes: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/stats.html
• Wisconsin Vote: http://wisconsinvote.org/

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