Just days before the spring election, two write-in candidates have emerged in city and town races for seats at the local government table.
The announcements, both made less than a week before the April 4 election, mean that previously uncontested candidates now have challengers.
Linnea Trampe announced her candidacy for the Waukesha District 3 aldermanic seat Thursday, March 30 on Facebook. Cassie Rodriguez was running unopposed to fill that seat, which opened after current District 3 Alderman Chris Hernandez decided earlier this year not to run for reelection.
Trampe said on her Facebook page that she's running "because I care deeply about our community and see the great potential of our district specifically.
"I have a background in Community Development and considerable leadership experience," she wrote. "I am confident I will be a significant voice for our needs and wants."
Rodriguez did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A late write-in challenger for the town chairman position announced his candidacy Wednesday, March 29.
Thomas Kulinski, a former longtime West Allis police officer and detective, distributed a flyer that day declaring his campaign. Current Town Chairman John Marek was running unopposed in that race.
In the flyer, Kulinski said Marek "is not responsive to the wishes of his constituents."
"All politics are local, and I offer you my ears to hear your voice, and the determination to place town interests above any personal ambition," Kulinski wrote.
Marek has held the post since 2013 when he defeated Angie E. Van Scyoc after a heated campaign.
Trampe and Kulinski mark the latest write-in challengers to emerge shortly before the election. Shawn Rundblade on March 21 announced his intent to run as a write-in candidate for the Waukesha School Board.
He is one of four candidates running for three seats on the board. All three of his opponents are current board members.