Elections for local offices are held the first Tuesday in April every year. Elected offices for the Town of Cottage Grove include the Town Board (one Chairperson and four Town Supervisors) and the Municipal Judge. Town Board terms run for two years and are staggered, with the Chairperson and Supervisors 1 and 2 elected in odd years, Supervisors 3 and 4 elected in even years. Town Supervisors are elected to a specific seat (1 - 4) but do not represent any particular district. The Municipal Judge term is 4 years, with the current term ending April 30, 2019, meaning the next election for Municipal Judge will be in April of 2019.
Candidates for Town of Cottage Grove elected offices are selected by the Nomination Paper method. Candidates may begin circulating nomination papers no earlier than December 1st for the Spring election to be held the following April. Completed Nomination Papers (with at least 20 signatures of Town residents), a Campaign Registration Statement, and Declaracy of Candidacy must all be turned in to the Clerk by 5:00 P.M. on the first Tuesday in January. If more than two candidates turn completed nomination papers for the same office, a primary election will be held on the third Tuesday of February.
Placement (order) of candidate names on the ballot will be determined by a random drawing at a time and location noticed by the Clerk.
Detailed instructions for candidates can be found on the Ballot Access Checklist linked below (this is the 2018 version. Link will be updated when 2019 version becomes available.)
Municipal Judge Candidates must also complete and submit a Statement of Economic Interests (SEI) to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. The SEI must be received in the Wisconsin Ethics Commission office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday in January, or the candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot. Wis. Stat. §§ 8.10(5), 8.30(3), 19.43(4). Faxed forms are acceptable. New candidates may print the Statement of Economic Interests form and instructions from the agency website. http://ethics.wi.gov.