By Matt Bunke, Community Editor
Filing for local city council and school board races has been slow since it opened on Tuesday, July 31, but at least one person has filed for mayor in both Watertown and Mayer. Filing will remain open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
In Watertown, three seats will be on the ballot in November. Mayor K.J. McDonald’s spot, along with the seats currently held by Nicholas Hoese and Rick Mann, will be up for election. None of the three had filed as of Tuesday morning. However, Charlotte Johnson, who also ran against McDonald in the last mayoral election, has filed to run for mayor once again.
In Mayer, three seats are open. Those seats are currently held by Mayor Chris Capaul (2-year term) and councilors Bruce Osborn and Tice Stieve-McPadden. Both Osborn and Stieve-McPadden have already filed. Former councilor Mike Dodge is the only person to have filed for mayor as of Tuesday morning.
In New Germany, four seats will be on the ballot. The seats currently held by Mayor Jason Kamerud (2-year-term) and councilors Ty Turnquist (2-year term) and Shirley Jaeger and Marc Trujillo (4-year terms) will all be on the ballot. Steve VanLith has filed for mayor and Jaeger has filed for one of the four-year seats.
The Watertown-Mayer school board also has four seats open, all of which are 4-year terms. Those seats are currently held by John McCain, Chad Koehler, Jennifer Hoover and Steve Burns.
Watertown Township has two supervisor seats and a treasurer position that will be on the November ballot. All seats are 4-year terms, and incumbent treasurer Dave Heldt is the only person to have filed so far.
In Hollywood Township, the clerk position and one supervisor position will be on the ballot. Rebecca Burns is currently the clerk and Kent Kassulker holds the supervisor seat that will be up for election. So far, Burns has filed for clerk and Al Leuthner has filed for supervisor.
For more information or to file, citizens should contact their local city hall or school district office.