Council hopefuls begin circulating papers Saturday

Hard to believe, but we’re less than eight weeks from Appleton’s February 19 primary election for common council. The nonpartisan spring election is Apr. 2.

Since 2013 is an odd numbered year, the odd numbered districts are up for election. Those are seats held by (in order of district): Christoph Wahl, Curt Konetzke, Ed Baranowski, Kathy Plank, Peter Stueck, Patti Coenen, Jim Clemons and Jeff Jirschele.

In order to run, candidates must first file a campaign registration statement. That must be done before accepting any contributions or incurring any obligations.

The next step is nomination papers. For alderman, it takes just 20 signatures to get on the ballot. Candidates can begin collecting signatures from within their district Saturday, Dec. 1. They must be filed by Jan. 2.

Char Peterson, the city’s clerk, said one person had filed a campaign registration statement as of Thursday.

The primary will only be needed when three or more candidates file for the same office.

Appleton has a nice roundup of the rules here.

— Nick Penzenstadler: 920-996-7226, or; on Twitter @npenzenstadler

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