Running for Office

Aldermanic Offices to be elected April 6, 2021: 
  • District 1 Alderperson (Incumbent: Tom Pasch, completing partial appointed term)
  • District 3 Alderperson (Incumbent: Chris Ruetten, completing 1st full term)
  • District 5 Alderperson (Incumbent: Jill Holthaus, completing 1st full term)
  • District 7 Alderperson (Incumbent: Eric Schmid, completing 1st full term)
  • District 9 Alderperson (Incumbent: Linda Kilps, completing 2nd full term)
All of the above are two year terms beginning April 20, 2021 and ending April 18, 2023.  If a primary is required for any of the offices above, it will be held February 16, 2021.

Aldermanic District Map

Eligibility for office of Alderperson:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony for which the person has not been pardoned
  • Must be a resident of the City of Watertown (candidates for Alderperson must reside in the district for which they are running)

Ballot Access Documents

  • Campaign Registration Statement - Form CF-1.  File with City Clerk when candidacy is announced before circulating nomination papers or receiving/spending campaign funds.  For further information on campaign finance, please visit the WI Ethics Commission web site
  • Declaration of Candidacy - Form EL-162.  File with City Clerk.  May be filed with the CF-1 but not later than 5 p.m. on January 5, 2021.
  • Nomination Papers - Form EL-169.  First day to collect signatures is December 1, 2020.  Nomination papers must be submitted to City Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on January 5, 2021.  Candidates for Alderperson must collect 20-40 signatures of qualified electors in their district.
  • Incumbents not seeking re-election: file Notification of Noncandidacy Form EL-163 by 5 p.m. on December 28, 2020.
  • Paper copies of all of required forms are available in the Office of the City Clerk, 106 Jones Street, Watertown, WI 53094.  Because the office is currently closed to visitors, please call 920-262-4000 and we will meet you at the door.


Municipal Judge to be elected April 6, 2021: 
  • Incumbent Atty. Mark Sweet (completing 1st full term)
The term of municipal judge is for four years beginning May 1, 2021 and ending April 30, 2025.  If a primary is required, it will be held February 16, 2021.
  
Eligibility for office of Municipal Judge:
  • Must be a qualified elector of the City of Watertown per State Statutes
  • Local ordinances require the judge to be an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin.

Ballot Access Documents

 

  • Candidates for Municipal Judge must file a Statement of Economic Interest with the State of WI Ethics Commission.  More information is available here: https://ethics.wi.gov/Pages/Ethics/StatementsOfEconomicInterests.aspx
  • Campaign Registration Statement - Form CF-1.  File with City Clerk when candidacy is announced before circulating nomination papers or receiving/spending campaign funds.  For further information on campaign finance, please visit the WI Ethics Commission web site
  • Declaration of Candidacy - Form EL-162.  File with City Clerk.  May be filed with the CF-1 but not later than 5 p.m. on January 5, 2021.
  • Nomination Papers - Form EL-169.  First day to collect signatures is December 1, 2020.  Nomination papers must be submitted to City Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on January 5, 2021.  Candidates for Municipal Judge must collect 200-400 signatures of qualified electors in the City.
  • Incumbents not seeking re-election: file Notification of Noncandidacy Form EL-163 by 5 p.m. on December 28, 2020.
  • Paper copies of all of required forms are available in the Office of the City Clerk, 106 Jones Street, Watertown, WI 53094.  Because the office is currently closed to visitors, please call 920-262-4000 and we will meet you at the door.



For more information please contact City Clerk/Treasurer, Elissa Friedl at 920-262-4007.