The form to be completed to run for office is simple.
The form to be completed to run for office is simple.

    How gratifying to see so many folks vying to fill the three school board seats that will open this spring.

     Ripon voters will get to choose from among at least seven candidates when they cast their ballots in the primary election on Feb. 21.

     For too many years, the electorate has had a dearth of candidates from which to choose. ...

     Why?

     They may be too busy, indifferent, childless or unwilling to publicly endure disagreement, second-guessing and personal attacks most often expressed on social media.  

     One of the biggest reasons not to run is that in local politics, as on the state and federal levels, incumbency is a powerful reelection tool.   

     Last year, all three Ripon School Board incumbents defeated three late-declared write-in candidates.  

     A year earlier, in 2015, the three incumbents were unopposed.

     The 2014 election found one challenger unable to best the three incumbents, and in 2013, the three challengers lost to the three incumbents....

     And so it goes.

     ... On the other hand, every incumbent was, at one time, a challenger. So earning a spot at the School Board table may be daunting, but never impossible. ...
 
     So good luck to Jennifer Dudzinski, Kim Mack, Nicole Kutz Menard, Amy Pollesch and Josh Rieder as they seek seats at the board table. And thank you to Sherry Muskavitch, Barb Schultz and Tom Stellmacher for their past, and possibly future, service.
                                  — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire editorial, see the Dec. 29, 2016 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.