Spring Forward: YOU can make a difference!

Have you ever considered taking your commitment to the Sun Prairie community to the next level?

Would you like to be part of the conversation that moves our community forward?

Do you care about the policies that will shape our future?

Maybe it’s time…TO RUN FOR LOCAL OFFICE!

If we’ve learned one thing in the past year since SPARC has been organizing, it’s the importance of local action and making sure local officials represent local values.

The spring election is a crucial one.  With THREE of district’s 7 school board seats on the ballot, it is essential that district residents have a choice of candidates who put students first and are willing to invest in our commitment to quality public education.  Additionally, HALF of the City Council is up for re-election: one seat from each district. The position of Mayor of Sun Prairie will also be on the Spring ballot.  Nomination papers are due the first week of January and the signature collection period starts on December 1st.  The time is NOW to take the next step.

Here are the specific Council members and School Board Members who will be up for re-election. Note that not all of them may choose to run for re-election, but these seats will be on the ballot regardless.

  • Mayor of Sun Prairie: John Murray (incumbent)
  • City Council District 1: Russ Fassbender (incumbent)
  • City Council District 2: Steve Villand (incumbent)
  • City Council District 3: Zach Weber (incumbent, current Council President)
  • City Council District 4: Mike Kostelnik (incumbent)
  • School Board (3 seats open: incumbents: Caren Diedrich, Steve Schroeder, John Welke)

We strongly encourage anyone who’s considering running for office to get in touch and learn more about the process, how to build community support, and what steps you can take to move forward. We’re happy to talk to you whether you’ve already made a decision or are just exploring the idea. Feel free to call either Al Guyant  608 825 8844  or Heather DuBois Bourenane 608 825-2518 (or any other SPARC member you know!) if you want to chat about how SPARC can help put you in touch with resources and potential support.  We’d love to hear from you!

You might also consider attending this FREE candidate information and training session provided by Wisconsin Progress and WEAC on Tuesday, Nov. 27:

Calling all progressives: Candidate recruitment & training
Your community needs you to step up & run for local office in the spring elections! During these free sessions, learn about what it takes to run a campaign for local office: what to expect, taking the 1st steps, & why local races are the key to building a progressive WI.
RSVP- 608-556-0748 lily@wisconsinprogress.org

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5:00-7:00 pm
Capital Area UniServ Building
4800 Ivywood Tr., McFarland
800-397-2287

Organized by Wisconsin Progress: Don’t get mad. Get elected.

We can’t stress this enough– when building a bench of progressive candidates and elected officials statewide, local elections are crucial.

Whether it be the School Board or the Municipal Board, decisions that crucially affect our daily lives are made at the local level, and it is essential that elected officials are dedicated to fighting for progressive values!

We need your help.  Are you interested in taking the next step in serving your community?  Know someone who would be perfect for elected office? Join us in the next week as we travel around the state to host informational sessions about running for local office.

Let’s work together to move Sun Prairie forward. Policies are made and set at City Hall and the School District boardroom.  Your voice matters.  Please consider running for local office.

– Your friends at SPARC

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