It's finally Wisconsin's turn.
While many states over the past two months have cast their ballot for the presidential primary, voters here will now have their opportunity to select who they want to be their party's nominee on April 5.
The presidential preference section of the ballot will ask voters to select either Republican or Democratic. Voters will then vote for one candidate in the chosen party's primary. Voters will also select either JoAnne Kloppenburg or Rebecca Bradley in the Justice of the Supreme Court race.
Besides those national and state races, local races will appear on ballots across the city and town of Waukesha.
The five-person race for the Waukesha School Board will appear on all ballots in the city and town. The at-large race features two incumbents — William Baumgart and Ellen Langill — and three challengers — Gretchen Budde, Greg Deets and Amanda Medina-Roddy.Voters can vote for up to three candidates, and the top three vote-getters will earn three-year seats on the board.
Baumgart and Langill are long-time members of the board, while Budde, Deets and Medina-Roddy are all parents of students in the district. Medina-Roddy nearly won a board seat last year, when she finished fourth in a six-person race.
Only one of the city of Waukesha's aldermanic seats is officially contested this spring.
Voters in the city's fifth district (Wards 12 and 13) on the city's northwest side will choose between the incumbent alderman, Peter Bartels, or Mike Volpano.
Bartels has held the seat since 2013, while Volpano is attempting another run at public office after finishing last in a four-person mayoral primary in 2014.
All of the other eight aldermen up for re-election this spring will appear on the ballot alone. However, one person is looking to gain enough votes to win an aldermanic seat as a write-in candidate in District 11. Joe Glatzel, an engineering technician at GE Healthcare, announced on Wednesday, March 23, that he is attempting to unseat Alderman Erik Helgestad.
He said his interest to launch a write-in campaign was sparked during the discussion over the last couple of weeks on street closures and special events as it pertains to Friday Night Live during an Ordinance and License Committee meeting.
Helgestad has represented the district, which covers the downtown area (Wards 25-29), since October. He was appointed to the common council after he was the only candidate who applied for the position. The position was open last fall after Roger Patton resigned as the District 11 alderman for health resigns. Patton died in early October.
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Three contested county races will also appear on many ballots across the city.
In the county's 17th district, which covers the central, western and northwestern parts of the city (Wards 5, 11, 15, 26-27, 32-34 and 37-38), voters will select either the incumbent supervisor, Duane Paulson, or the challenger, Jaron Mosier. Paulson has held the seat for 18 years. Mosier is a litigation and municipal law attorney.
Voters in the county's 18th district, meanwhile, will choose either the incumbent supervisor, Larry Nelson, the former mayor of Waukesha, or his challenger, Daniel Manion, a current Waukesha alderman. The district includes primarily the southern and southwestern parts of the city, but also a small section in the central city (Wards 14, 16-17, 24-25 and 30-31).
Long-time Supervisor Kathleen Cummings is facing a challenge from Mike Payne, a current member of the city of Waukesha's Plan Commission, in District 19. The district includes the eastern and southeastern sections of the city, but also a small section on the east side of downtown (Wards 18-23 and 28).
To see the boundaries of all of the county districts, go online at bit.ly/countyboardmap.
Town of Waukesha
In the town, Supervisors Jim Radke and Michael Doerr are running unopposed, as is its county supervisor, Bill Mitchell.
Voting takes place at the Town of Waukesha Municipal Complex, W250 S3567 Center Road. Residents in Wards 1-6 and 8 vote in the fire station and Wards 7 and 9-12 vote in town hall.
In-office absentee voting at the town runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday, March 31, and extends until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1.
Early voting in the city continues from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the clerk's office (Room 104) at Waukesha City Hall, 201 Delafield St., through Friday, April 1.
Due to construction on Delafield Street, voters are asked to enter at the top of the Barstow hill and park at the top parking lot.
A photo ID is required to vote at the polls in the town and city.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
To see a map of where to vote in the city see an interactive online map at bit.ly/Waukeshapollinglocations.
Where to vote in city
· Elks Lodge, 2301 Springdale Road, Wards 1 and 2 in Aldermanic District 1
· Waukesha City Hall, 201 Delafield St., Wards 3, 4 and 5 in Aldermanic District 2
· Rotary Building, 1150 Baxter St., Wards 6, 7 and 8 in Aldermanic District 3
· Hawthorne Elementary, 1111 Maitland Drive, Wards 9, 10 and 11 in Aldermanic District 4
· Meadowbrook Elementary, 3130 Rolling Ridge Drive, Wards 12 and 13 in Aldermanic District 5
· E.B. Shurts Building, 810 W. College Ave., Wards 14 and 15 in Aldermanic District 6
· Prairie Elementary, 1801 Center Drive, Wards 16 and 17 in Aldermanic District 7
· St. Mary's Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Wards 18 and 19 in Aldermanic District 8
· Heyer Elementary, 1209 Heyer Drive, Wards 20 and 21 in Aldermanic District 9
· Waukesha South High School, 401 E. Roberta Ave., Wards 22, 23 and 24 in Aldermanic District 10
· E&R UCC Church, 413 Wisconsin Ave., Wards 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 in Aldermanic District 11
· Waukesha West High School, 3301 Saylesville Road, Wards 30 and 31 in Aldermanic District 12
· Bethesda Elementary, 730 S. University Drive, Wards 32, 33 and 34 in Aldermanic District 13
· Fire Station No. 5, 3051 Summit Ave., Wards 35 and 36 in Aldermanic District 14
· Blair Elementary, 301 Hyde Park Ave., Wards 37 and 38 in Aldermanic District 15