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People of Color Encouraged to Apply for Open County Board Seat

Mazomanie, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Blue Mounds area needs new representation


With Abigail Wuest resigning from the County Board this week, Board Chair Sharon Corrigan is looking for someone to appoint to fill out the rest of Wuest’s term, through April of next year, to represent District 28 in western Dane County. She will appoint the most qualified candidate, but says she wouldn’t mind seeing some diversity among the applicants.

“We have some disparity gaps to fill,” said Corrigan. “I’d be delighted if a person of color applied.”

She’d also like to hear from women and young people interested in serving.

The vacancy arose because Wuest moved to Madison to be closer to downtown Madison, where both she and her husband work, and to ease to burden of commuting since the birth of their second child in March.

“I have loved my time on the board; and I have been honored to serve the interests of my constituents in District 28,” Wuest said in a prepared statement. “Ours is a beautiful, diverse, thriving area, and I hope to help the board find a qualified candidate to replace me until the upcoming elections in April.  I want to thank everyone in the towns and villages of District 28 for their support and help in learning how to represent them, and for the great honor to do so for the past year and a half.”

District 28 encompasses the villages of Cross Plains, Black Earth, Mazomanie and Blue Mounds.

Those interested in applying for the seat must submit a Declaration of Candidacy and appointment papers containing a minimum of 25 signatures of electors in the district to the Office of the Dane County Clerk by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 2. A public hearing on all candidates will be held at Wisconsin Heights High School on October 6, and the Board will vote on whether to confurm Corrigan’s choice on October 15.

All candidates must live within the bounds of District 28. View a map of the district here. The appointee would be eligible to run for election to a full term next year.