SPARC to host Spring Candidate Forum March 16



Learn More about Local Candidates at Community Forum on March 16!

Members of the Sun Prairie community are invited to attend a conversation with candidates for Sun Prairie City Council and Sun Prairie School Board on Friday, March 16, 2018, hosted by the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition (SPARC). The forum, which begins at 6:30 pm at the Westside Community Service Building, 2598 West Main Street in Sun Prairie, is free and open to all.

All nine candidates for Sun Prairie offices are confirmed to attend: City Council candidates Chris Astrella and Steve Stocker (District 1); Jon Freund and Theresa Stevens (District 2); Maureen Crombie (District 3) and Mary Polenkse (District 4); and the three candidates for Sun Prairie School Board, two of whom will join the board in April: Bryn Horton, Paul Kudrle, and Marilyn Ruffin.

The forum, which will be moderated by Mike Hietpas, features questions for the candidates collected from members of the community on issues that matter to them and reflect their values, as well as time for candidates to make opening and closing remarks. Refreshments will be provided during the short break between the City Council and School Board portions of the forum.

“SPARC Candidate Forums provide a fun, friendly and respectful space to find out where the candidates stand on issues important to members of our community,” said Heather DuBois Bourenane, a member of the SPARC team organizing the event. “We polled the community to find out what questions they want answered, and invite anyone who wants to learn more about these candidates to join us. Democracy isn’t just about making informed decisions at the ballot box – it’s about  getting involved and being a part of creating the community we all want to live in. Let local leaders and candidates for public office know what matters most to you.”

In addition to the local races for council and school board, Sun Prairie voters will see other measures on their Spring ballot, including: a referendum on limiting the use of money as political speech; a referendum to eliminate the office of the Wisconsin State Treasurer; and races for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, Dane County Board of Supervisors, Dane County Circuit Court Judge, and Court of Appeals Judge.

The Spring Election will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 with polls open from 7am to 8pm statewide. In-person absentee voting takes place now through Friday, March 30 at City Hall. Voters can find their polling place, register to vote, preview their ballot, or request an absentee ballot to vote by mail at

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