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December 13, 2017

12/5/2017 3:45:00 PM
BREAKING: Rhinelander mayor won't seek re-election

Rhinelander mayor Dick Johns will not run for re-election in 2018.

Johns told the River News Tuesday afternoon he has decided not to seek another term as mayor.

"I didn't want to just hand it to someone," he said, noting that he is pleased that others have expressed an interest in the position.

As of Tuesday afternoon, at least three people have expressed an interest in running for mayor.

Alex Young, Chris Frederickson and Scott Counter have all filed a notice of candidacy, the first step in officially being placed on the ballot. The next step would be to submit nomination papers bearing the signatures of between 50 and 100 city residents. They, or anyone else who wants to get into the race, has until 5 p.m. Jan. 2 to turn in those papers.

If three or more candidates file papers with enough valid signatures, a primary election will be held on Feb. 20 to narrow the field to two candidates.

While he said his decision has been made, Johns has not yet filed a notice of non-candidacy.

The spring general election will be held April 3.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Article comment by: william Mutter

As I read this notification, I try and understand how did the three candidacy file so quickly if the Mayor just made this decision.

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