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The spring election candidacy process is underway, and the Village of Howard is facing a unique situation with its elected officials. Due to two Village Board vacancies that had to be filled by special appointment this year, six trustees – instead of the usual four – will be up for election in the spring.
The board seats held by incumbent trustees Ron Bredael (Wards 1-2), Chris Nielsen (Wards 3-4), Adam Lemorande (Wards 13, 14, and 18), and Craig McAllister (Wards 15-16) will be on the ballot as regularly scheduled for two-year terms running 2019 to 2021. Village trustees hold two-year terms with half the board elected in odd years, and the other half elected in even years.
Additionally, the board confirmed the appointment of John Muraski to fill the seat for Wards 7-8 that was formerly held by Mike Hoppe, who resigned earlier this year. The board also appointed Scott Beyer to trustee of Wards 9 –10 after long-time Trustee Jim Lemorande passed away. Both board seats will be on the ballot as part of a special election with those trustees holding one-year terms until the regular election for those ward seats in 2020.
The Spring Election will be held April 2, 2019. If a Spring Primary is needed, it will be held Feb. 19, 2019. Interested candidates must reside within the wards for which they want to represent and be eligible to vote. The process to run for trustee begins after Dec. 1 when candidates must circulate nomination papers and collect at least 20 signatures from residents within their district. Nomination papers and a declaration of candidacy form are available at Howard Village Hall and must be returned by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
Information concerning village trustees may be obtained from Howard Village Clerk Chris Haltom. The clerk’s office is located at Howard Village Hall, 2456 Glendale Ave., and can be reached by calling (920) 434-4640.