UPDATE 12/31/2020: Nomination papers have been signed and turned in. Thank you to everyone who made themselves available to sign!
COVID-19 has created an interesting challenge for candidates for public office. Not only are the standard door to door campaign activities frowned upon, but even gathering the necessary signatures to appear on the ballot has become tricky. Luckily, there is a solution. In my case, I am providing a link to a printable PDF, along with instructions for signing and completing the form, along with several options for getting the form to me for submission to the village prior to the Tuesday, January 5 deadline.
Here's the process:
- Download and print the PDF version of the nomination form: Nomination Paper for Nonpartisan Office (Prefilled). The second page simply has some instructions, so there's no need to print it, if you don't want to. If you don't have a printer, or are unable to print the form, let me know, and I can drop one off (contact free - I love to use painters tape to leave envelopes on outside doors) or mail one to you. Just call me at 608-852-8297 and leave your name and address and I'll have the form delivered right to your front door.
- Complete the yellow highlighted portions of the form, as shown below:
- Do you have others who are within your COVID-19 circle who reside within the village limits, and would be willing to sign? A spouse perhaps? If so, have them sign on another line of the same form.
- Once you've gathered all of the signatures for your household, complete the blue highlighted portions of the form shown in step 2. Do not enter a page number. That will be added when all nomination pages are being prepared for submission.
- It's time for me to get the form. There are three options:
- The quickest options is to let me know that you have a form ready to be picked up. I'll swing by ASAP to get it. The safest way is to tape it to your front door, or leave it under a rock or other heavy item on your front porch, and I'll make a quick stop while wearing a mask to grab it. You can let me know the form is ready by calling 608-852-8297. You may get voicemail. If so, please include your address, and where you'll leave the form.
- A second option is to deliver the form directly to me. You're welcome to bring the form to my home if you wish. There is a clip near the doorbell where you can clip the form, before ringing the doorbell (it's the bottom button - the top is a camera). We'll wait for you to step away from the door or even leave the porch before retrieving the form.
- Finally, if you prefer to mail the form, you can send it to:
Candidate for Waunakee Village Trustee
923 Countryside Crossing
Waunakee, WI 53597
Unfortunately, due to the holiday and the pandemic, mail facilities may be overwhelmed, so this is not the preferred option.
That's all there is. If twenty of my friends and neighbors do this, I'll have the nomination documents completed, and can get them officially submitted.
One additional note. Running for local office isn't expensive. In fact, most Waunakee candidates spend less than $2,000 on their campaign. That's the threshold under which campaign finance reporting requirements are waived, so it makes good sense to stay under that amount, especially for a local race. But that being said, there are still some costs - domain registration fees, advertising costs, printed materials, postage, etc. If you believe in me, and want to help, I'm thrilled to accept campaign donations in any amount, and you're welcome to include them along with the nomination form if you wish. Thank you!