SPARC’s Local Election Guide – SPRING 2014

early voting

The election is April 1st! If you’ll be out of town, be sure to vote early at City Hall or by requesting an absentee ballot in the mail!

The 2014 Spring Election will be held on April 1, with early/absentee voting by mail or in person at City Hall from Monday March 17 to March 28.   Sun Prairie’s spring break falls over election day this year, so if you have travel plans, be sure to make arrangements to vote early!  Spring elections have notoriously low turnouts and one of SPARC’s goals is to turn that turnout around by helping make our community aware of the enormous importance of local elections!

In Sun Prairie, we have School Board and City Council seats, plus two Dane County referenda and several uncontested judicial and county board seats on the ballot.  If you aren’t sure where to vote, what district you live in, or how to register to vote, please visit You can also learn more about the upcoming elections at the Government Accountability Board’s website.

School Board (SPASD – all districts) – vote for up to TWO of the three candidates:

Carol Albright (Star announcement)

Jessica Moehr (campaign website)

Tom Weber (school board info page)

SPARC held a Candidate Forum for the school board candidates on Sunday, March 16 from 2-4pm at the library.  The event was filmed for KSUN – you can watch the entire event here:

See the STAR coverage here.
Dane County League of Women Voters Q&A
Wisconsin State Journal Q&A
Talk of the Town School Board Debate

Sun Prairie City Council
Click here for the Dane County League of Women Voters questionnaires for all candidates.
Note: SPARC held informal meet & greet with the candidates in contested races in the Conference Room of the Sun Prairie Public Library from 6:30-8:30 on Wed. March 19.  Free and open to the public!  This was an opportunity for voters to meet the candidates and ask questions.  The District 3 candidates could not attend, but all District 4 candidates were present. Timeline:

  • 7:00 pm Dan Storley
  • 7:20 pm Al Guyant
  • 7:40 pm Mary Polenske
  • 8:00 pm Kent Orfan

District 1:  Incumbent alder Hariah Hutkowski is running unopposed.

District 2: Incumbent Jonathan Freund is running unopposed.

District 3:

District 4:  This is race people find confusing.  There are TWO seats up for election (the one vacated by Dave Carlson and the one up for re-election).  District 4 residents will vote for ONE person for EACH seat:

Seat One:

Seat Two:

Dane County Board:

District 3: Nick Zweifel (incumbent, unopposed)
District 19: Bill Claussius (incumbent, unopposed)
District 21: Andrew Schauervs. Dave Wiganowsky

Dane County Referenda (2):

QUESTION 1: “Should the Wisconsin Constitution be amended to require a nonpartisan system for redistricting legislative and congressional districts in the state?”
League of Women Voters assessment
Wisconsin State Journal editorial

Slaying the Gerrymander: The Legislative Reference Bureau maps nonpartisan redistricting” by David Michael Miller

QUESTION 2: “Should the state government enact legislation legalizing marijuana?”
Ballotpedia assessment

While SPARC does not endorse candidates, since we prioritize openness and transparency at all levels of government and civic engagement, voters should know that three candidates on the local spring ballot are members of our grassroots action team:  Carol Albright (School Board), Al Guyant (City Council, District 4) , and  Nick Zwiefel (incumbent Dane County Board Supervisor – running unopposed). 

SPARC thanks all who stepped up to serve our community this year and encourages every eligible voter to make an informed decision at the ballot box on April 1st – or during the early voting period from March 17-28!

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1 Response to SPARC’s Local Election Guide – SPRING 2014

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