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How to get your name on the Wauwatosa ballot

We have 8 aldermanic positions and a mayoral position on the April 2020 ballot
Post Date:10/24/2019 9:54 AM

city hall fallWauwatosa has eight aldermanic positions (one in each district) and a mayoral position on the April 7, 2020 ballot. If you're interested in running for local office, here are the steps needed to qualify and apply:

  1. You have to live in the city and/or aldermanic district in which you're running.
  2. New candidates are encouraged to file a campaign registration statement as soon as possible and before any campaign funds are spent. Continuing candidates file an amended campaign registration statement.
  3. Establish a campaign depository account before any funds are received and before any disbursement is made.
  4. File a declaration of candidacy with the City Clerk's office.
  5. Candidates can start circulating nomination papers (asking for signatures of support) on December 1, 2019.  A minimum of 20 and maximum of 40 signatures are required for aldermanic positions. A minimum of 200 and a maximum of 400 signatures are required to run for mayor.
  6. By January 7, 2020, all candidates have to file their nomination papers, declaration of candidacy, and a campaign registration statement with the City Clerk's office.

Download the full candidate packet for additional details. All of the documents needed to run for office are in this packet and are also available on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.

About elected officials in Wauwatosa

The terms for the positions of District Alderperson and Mayor start on April 21, 2020 and end on April 16, 2024. Common Council meetings are held twice monthly on Tuesdays, as are Council Committee meetings. Regular attendance at these meetings is expected, as well as any other committees to which the elected official is appointed.

Alderpersons are paid $450 per month and are eligible for group term life insurance. The Mayor's annual salary is $30,000 per year. In addition, the Mayor is eligible to receive health, dental, and vision insurance, group term life insurance, and may participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System pension.

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