The 2020 Rhinelander City Council election is beginning to take shape as one incumbent has filed a declaration of non-candidacy and another has signaled he plans to run for another term.
According to city clerk Val Foley, alderman Steve Sauer filed a declaration of non-candidacy in late December.
Sauer, who represents District 7, which includes city wards 11 and 12, announced last fall that he would step down after serving two terms.
"As some of you may already know, I do not plan on running for a third term representing District 7 on the Rhinelander Common Council," Sauer said during an October council meeting.
According to Foley, former council and Oneida County board member Bill Freudenberg has returned nomination papers to run for the District 7 seat. Eileen Daniel is also circulating nomination papers for District 7 but has yet to return them. The deadline to return completed papers is 5 p.m. Jan. 7.
In addition to the seat currently held by Sauer, there are three other aldermanic seats up for election in April 2020. They are districts 1,3,5 which are currently held by George Kirby, Lee Emmer, who is finishing the term started by former alderperson Sherri Belliveau who resigned in December 2018, and Dawn Rog.
According to Foley, Emmer has filed a declaration of candidacy and is circulating papers for signatures in District 3. He will be challenged by Carrie Mikalauski, who has filed declaration of candidacy paperwork and returned nomination papers.
According to Foley, Scott Counter is also circulating papers in District 3 but has yet to return them.
Foley said neither Rog or Kirby has filed papers to her knowledge.
The River News has been unable to reach either alderperson for comment on their plans.
However, while Kirby and Rog have yet to make their intentions clear, others have expressed interest in the seats they hold.
Tom Barnett has returned nomination papers to run for the District 1 seat while Jason Dailey and Wil Losch are circulating nomination papers in District 5, Foley said.
Foley stressed there may be other people circulating nomination papers that she is not aware of as prospective candidates can download paperwork via the election commission website.
"I think some of them are getting their stuff (paperwork) online, because you can get it off the election commission website," Foley explained. "You don't have to get it from the clerk, you can get it online."
Each candidate must turn in nominating paperwork that includes signatures of voters in that particular district, Foley noted.
"They all need between 20 and 40 signatures," Foley said. "And it (statute) says you can only sign one person's nomination papers."
If there are more than two candidates running in a district, a primary will be held Feb. 18. The general election will be April 7.
Kirby has served two four-year terms on the council while Rog served three terms and then lost her bid for a fourth term in 2012. She regained her seat in 2016.
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