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 can begin circulating nomination papers no earlier than December 1st for the Spring election to be held the following April. Before beginning to circulate nomination papers, potential candidates should have a Campaign Registration Statement on file with the Clerk. At least 20 signatures of Town residents are required for a successful nomination. Nomination papers must 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.