Running for Local Office - Candidates
- Becoming a Candidate
- Required Candidate Forms
- Deadlines & Due Dates
- Campaign Finance
- Political &Election campaign signs
- NOTIFICATION OF NON-CANDIDACY
Becoming a Candidate
The following documents and links on this page provide information on how to become a candidate for public office. As a candidate, you are responsible for becoming familiar with the election and campaign finance requirements that apply to your campaign. You may obtain general information about elections from the Wisconsin Elections Commission website. Further information could be obtained from either the Wisconsin Statutes or from your private attorney. Information you receive from the City Clerk's office may not be interpreted as legal advice or a release from your responsibility to comply with the law.
Required Candidate Forms
The following forms must be completed and filed by 5:00 pm the first Tuesday in January in order for the candidate's name to be placed on the ballot for the Spring Election.
Deadlines & Due Dates
Deadlines and due dates for the mayor, municipal judge, and alderperson are as follows:
First Day to Circulate Nomination Papers - December 1
All required papers are due by 5:00 pm the first Tuesday in January (if this day lands on a holiday, the due date is the next business day).
Political and Election Campaign are signs containing a “political message” and displayed during an “election campaign period”, as those terms are defined in Wis. Stats. 12.04(1)(a).
Political signs may not exceed twelve (12) square feet in area
Political signs shall not have an electrical, mechanical, or audio auxiliary component, and shall not be attached to or placed on utility poles, trees, traffic devices, or within the public right-of-way
Political signs shall be removed after seven days from the election date or will be counted as noncommercial message sign under City of Middleton Ordinance 22.11(14).
Notification of Non-Candidacy
Required for incumbent officeholder who is not intending on seeking re-election to the same office. The Notification of Non-Candidacy is due by 5:00 pm the 2nd Friday before the nomination papers deadline.