City of Waukesha's mayoral race has three candidates so far

Published on: 12/10/2013

The 2014 election season is officially underway.

Candidates for the mayoral, aldermanic and municipal judge seats could begin circulating nomination papers earlier this month.

The featured race in Waukesha next year is the mayoral election.

Three candidates filed campaign registration statements with the clerk-treasurer's office this summer.

Downtown attorney Shawn Reilly was the first, while Common Council President Terry Thieme and Mike Volpano, who teaches business part-time at Waukesha County Technical College and is a company trainer for a market research company, filed shortly after.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jeff Scrima has yet to file and hasn't said if he plans on seeking a second term. When asked again on Monday afternoon about the election, Scrima was mum once again.

He also wouldn't say when he planned on announcing his intentions.

Scrima defeated incumbent Larry Nelson for the position in 2010. The next mayor will receive an annual salary of $83,500, a figure that was increased from $79,100 by the Common Council this fall.

Clerk-Treasurer Gina Kozlik said the deadline to file for noncandidacy is Dec. 27.

Municipal Judge Joseph Cook is also up for re-election in the spring. Like the mayor's position, the municipal judge seat is a four-year term.

Aldermen on ballot

Besides those races, many aldermen seats are up for re-election.

Aldermanic districts up for re-election, which are three-year terms, include District 2 (Eric Payne, incumbent), District 3 (Christopher Hernandez), District 6 (Adam Jankowski), District 7 (Daniel Manion), District 10 (Steve Johnson) and District 13 (Andy Reiland).

An election will also be held for District 5 (Peter Bartels), a two-year position that finishes the remainder of the current term.

Whomever wins aldermanic seats will receive an annual salary of $7,000. The Common Council also increased the salary for aldermen by $500 this fall.

Aldermanic candidates must collect between 20 and 40 signatures after filing a campaign registration statement, while those interested in the mayor's position, city attorney or municipal judge seat must get between 200 and 400 signatures, Kozlik said.

Candidates for all open positions have until Jan. 7 to file a campaign registration statement, declaration of candidacy and nomination papers to the clerk/treasurer office at City Hall, 201 Delafield St.

Primaries, if necessary, will be held on Feb. 18. The general election is April 1.