Spring Election: April 6, 2021
Spring Primary: February 16, 2021
(No primary is needed for the local elections)
While it may feel as though the fall election has just recently passed, the spring election is already on its way. Unlike the fall election, the spring election is non-partisan and will include both local and state races. This year, the election falls on April 6. Although no primary was needed for the local Eau Claire and Altoona races, there was a primary held on February 16 for the Wisconsin State Superintendent race.
Eau Claire City Council
In Eau Claire, there are five city council seats up for election. The Eau Claire City Council is made up of ten City Council members and one City Council president. Each member is elected for a 3-year term. Five members are elected from aldermanic districts and five members are elected at large. The City Council President is also elected at large. The five district seats are the only positions up for election this spring.
All five incumbents are seeking reelection. Councilwomen Emily Berge and Jill Christopherson do not have any challengers for their districts. However, councilmembers Emily Anderson, Jeremy Gragert, and Andrew Werthmann are running against challengers Kyle Woodman, Josh Stanley, and Gabriel Schlieve respectively.
Altoona City Council
In Altoona, three city council seats are up for election. The Altoona City Council is made up of six City Council members and one mayor. Each member is elected for a 2-year term. In even number years districts 1, 2, 3, and the Mayor position are up for election. This year, districts 4, 5, and 6 are up for election.
All three incumbents are seeking reelection and are running unopposed.
Eau Claire School Board
The Eau Claire School Board has a total of seven members. Six are elected for 3-year terms and one is elected for a 1-year term. This year, three seats are up for election and the 1-year term will be given to the candidate who receives the third-largest number of votes.
All three incumbents are seeking reelection and face one challenger, Kathleen Kivlin.
Altoona School Board
The Altoona School Board has a total of 5 members that are each elected for 3-year terms. This year, only one seat is up for election. Incumbent Rick Risler is seeking reelection and is running unopposed.
Wisconsin State Superintendent
The Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction is elected to oversee and provide leadership for the public school districts across the state. State superintendents are elected to serve a 4-year term. There were seven candidates running for this position: Sheila Briggs, Joe Fenrick, Troy Gunderson, Shandowlyon Hendricks-Williams, Deborah Kerr, Steve Krull, and Jill Underly. The primary on February 16 narrowed this list down to Jill Underly, who received 27.4% of votes, and Deborah Kerr, who received 26.5% of votes, approximately.
Jill Underly and Deborah Kerr are the two candidates who will advance to the general election on April 6.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court and is composed of sixteen judges from four districts. Elected judges serve a 6-year term. The Eau Claire Area is in the 3rd district and will choose from two candidates in the April 6 election.
Seven candidates are running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (EC Chamber of Commerce)
Posted by Grace Hanson, Governmental Affairs Intern
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.