Stevens Point has been trying to get more people involved in their local government. Transparency, access to participate, & diversification have been driving forces to that end. Each spring, half of the City Council Alderperson seats come up for election.
The even-numbered districts are elected in the even-numbered years, and the odd-numbered districts in the odd-numbered years. Six seats will be up for election in April. Those seats, and the current Alderpersons, are:
District 1: Tori Jennings
District 3: Cindy Nebel
District 5: Meleesa Johnson
District 7: Mary Kneebone
District 9: Polly Dalton
District 11: Shawn Morrow
Also up for election are the city-wide offices of the City Clerk, Comptroller/Treasurer and City Attorney.
While the voting doesn't happen until April for these non-partisan seats, the election process begins well before then. Interested candidates can file the paperwork needed and begin collecting signatures beginning December 1, 2020, and must have the required signatures and paperwork turned in by January 5, 2021 in order to be on the ballot in April.
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, an eligible voter in the district in which they are running, and have no unpardoned felony convictions. Alderperson candidates need to collect at least 20 signatures from eligible voters in their district to get their name on the ballot. The city-wide offices need at least 200 signatures.
“What I really hope for is candidates who want to help their neighborhood and make our community better,” said Mayor Mike Wiza. “You don’t need any special degree or background, just a desire to listen and act on behalf of your district.”
Anyone interested in running should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 715-346-1569 or visit StevensPoint.com/Vote for more information.