MADISON, WI – Candidates in Assembly Districts 13, 77 and 81 will have three more days to file nominating petitions and other paperwork because the incumbents are not running again and did not file a notice with the Government Accountability Board.
Under state elections law, candidates who do not intend to run for the office they currently represent are required to file a Notification of Noncandidacy no later than 5 p.m. on the second Friday before the filing deadline for nomination papers and other ballot access documents. This year the second Friday was May 18, 2012. If the incumbent failed to file the Notification of Noncandidacy by May 18, 2012, and did not file ballot access documents to run for their current seat on the June 1, 2012, the filing deadline is extended 72 hours for any other candidate for the office under extension, except for the candidate.
When an incumbent is no longer eligible to run for the seat they currently hold because redistricting placed the incumbent in a different district, the incumbent is also required to file a Notification of Noncandidacy for the seat currently held by the incumbent. A number of incumbent Assembly officeholders found themselves in this situation.
Forty-six Notifications of Noncandidacy were filed by incumbent officeholders: One U.S. Senator, one Representative in Congress, two State Senators, 33 members of the State Assembly, and nine District Attorneys. That list, as well as the list of all candidates who filed nomination papers, is available here: http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/2012/fall.
Three incumbent Assembly officeholders who will no longer represent the seat number they currently hold failed to file a Notification of Noncandidacy. These three individuals did file ballot access documents to run for their new district. The Assembly Districts affected by the deadline are:
Assembly District 13
Assembly District 77
Assembly District 81
The 72-hour extension of the filing deadline for these three offices will run from now until 5 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012. Persons interested in running for any of these offices must file a Campaign Registration Statement (GAB-1), Declaration of Candidacy (GAB-162), sufficient nomination paper signatures (a minimum of 200, no more than 400) on form GAB-168, and a Statement of Economic Interests (GAB-904) in the Government Accountability Board’s office.
Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887