April 6, 2021 election

Jenny Baeseman, a poll worker, is guiding a voter through the election process at the Stoughton United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Voters in the rural Stoughton area can expect to have a singular contested race on their ballots this spring – and in the city, while the mayoral post will also be contested, one aldermanic district won’t have anyone running at all.

The only contested race this spring in the greater Stoughton area will feature a match-up for the Dane County Board of Supervisors’ District 37 seat between incumbent and Cambridge resident Kate McGinnity, who is running for her second term on the board against newcomer Steve Schulz, who lives in the Town of Medina about halfway between Marshall and Deerfield. That district covers much of rural Stoughton, including some or all of the towns of Rutland, Dunkirk and Pleasant Springs, as it stretches up to the northern portion of the Town of Medina near the Village of Marshall.

There will also be a race for City of Stoughton’s mayor between Tim Swadley, who is seeking his second four-year term, and newcomer and prolific community volunteer Sharon Mason-Boersma. All other races in the greater Stoughton area, including those in the city, the Stoughton Area Board of Education and the Town of Rutland, will be uncontested.

There will be no town board elections in either the towns of Dunn or Dunkirk this year. All seats in those two towns are elected in odd-years.

The spring election will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. A primary election in February won’t be needed for any Stoughton-area races, as there are no seats with more than two people running for them. Prospective candidates had to turn in their nomination papers by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, to be placed on the ballot. 

For the city council, no one has declared their intent to run for the city’s open District 4 seat that’s being vacated by outgoing Ald. Leonard “Ozzie” Doom. It leaves open the chance that someone could win a write-in campaign, or might require the council to appoint someone from the district to the seat following the election if no write-ins accept the seat. In the three other districts, only the incumbent – Alds. Brett Schumacher (Dist. 1), Jean Ligocki (D-2) and Tom Majewski (D-3) – will be running for their seats.

For the Stoughton Area Board of Education, there will be three candidates for three At-Large seats. The two incumbents, Jill Patterson and Joe Freye, along with newcomer Lisa Pugh, are all but guaranteed seats on the board. Current board member Yolibeth Rangel-FitzGibbon is declining to run for another term, telling the Hub that she didn’t have the time to dedicate to the board that she’d like.

In the Town of Rutland, its voting will look a bit different from years past. The board voted in the last two years to end its traditional caucus nomination procedure and increase its board size from four to five members. 

So this April, Rutland will have three candidates for three supervisor positions – incumbents Nancy Nedveck and Robert Postel, and newcomer Kevin Hahn. 

The Town of Pleasant Springs has yet to have its candidates yet and will hold its annual caucus to nominate supervisors virtually at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. Up for election this year are two-year terms for town supervisor positions 3 and 4 currently held by Jay Damkoehler and Janiece Bolender, respectively.

The two other Dane County Board of Supervisors seats will also be uncontested. District 35, which covers the City of Stoughton and parts of the Town of Pleasant Springs, only has former city alder Michael Engelberger running for it, and District 34, which covers the Town of Dunn and the Village of McFarland, will feature only the incumbent, Patrick Miles.

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