Multiple county seats up for grabs this spring

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ROCK COUNTY - Multiple races are up for grabs in the spring elections in Rock County.

Candidates began circulating nomination papers Dec. 1 and the filing deadline at the county clerk's office is by Jan. 2.

The number of signatures required to be placed on the ballot depends on the office a candidate is running for, according to Rock County Clerk Lisa Tollefson. Rock County Board candidates need between 50 and 100 signatures, while multi-jurisdictional judge candidates need between 20 and 100.

"I recommend candidates get a few extra signatures, not just the minimum," Tollefson said. "Clerks review the nomination papers and some of the signatures may be thrown out."

As always, candidates are required to live in the district they are attempting to represent, with candidates also required to complete all campaign registration statements and declaration of candidacy paperwork. For judicial candidates, all judges must file statements of economic interest with the Wisconsin Election Commission.

County races open in the April 3 election include Wisconsin Supreme Court, Court of Appeals District 4, Circuit Court branches 3 and 7 and Rock County board of supervisors.

County supervisor incumbents in multiple district representing Beloit have indicated a run at a new term, with District 13 Supervisor Norvain Pleasant, District 14 Supervisor Terry Fell, District 16 Supervisor Phillip Owens Jr. and District 17 Supervisor Betty Jo Bussie all declaring candidacy.

Supervisor incumbents for the town including District 7 Supervisor Hank Brill and District 10 Supervisor Lou Peer have also indicated re-election bids.

In total 17 of the 29 incumbent supervisors have filed for re-election, according to county data provided by Tollefson.

District 23 Supervisor Jason Heidenreich has moved and resigned from his position, leaving the seat vacant, according to Tollefson.Tollefson said the county would update its elections website in the coming weeks listing incumbents seeking reelection and challengers as paperwork is filed.

Fall 2018 races will see governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, state senate and assembly races; along with Rock County Sheriff and Rock County Clerk of Circuit Court.

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