The 2013 election season will start early.
Voters statewide will reduce the number of Supreme Court candidates from the three to two Feb. 19, while City of Platteville voters will have a primary election for one of the two Common Council seats up for election this year.
At-large Ald. Steven Becker has two opponents — Barbara Stockhausen, 935 Siemers St., and Michael Denn, 1270 Stans Court — for his three-year term.
The other race on the Feb. 19 primary ballot will be for State Supreme Court, where incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack has two challengers, Ed Fallone of Whitefish Bay and Vince Megna of Menomonee Falls.
The top two candidates will advance to the April 2 general election.
Stockhausen also is opposing Common Council President Mike Dalecki for his District 1 Common Council seat.
The other statewide race April 2 will be for state superintendent of public instruction, with incumbent Tony Evers opposed by state Rep. Donald Pridemore (R–Hartford).
Villages: Village of Potosi President Frank Fiorenza is opposed by challenger Jack Mest. The race for three Village Board positions includes incumbents Arlyn Weber, Joyce Weber and Tom Droessler and challenger Karen Marie Pitzen for two-year terms.
Village of Dickeyville President Tammy Kunkel is being opposed by village trustee Becky Kienzli for a two-year term. Two incumbents, Kienzli and Don Schultz, and Matthew Gantenbein are running for the three two-year Village Board seats. Incumbent Amy Ginter is not running for reelection.
All the Village of Belmont incumbents — president Brad Bockhop and trustees Tim Richardson, Kay Austin and Jason Brecker — are unopposed. Austin will be running for her first full term after she was appointed to replace a trustee who moved out of the village.
The Village of Rewey will have its caucus Monday night. Incumbents are president Paul Simon and trustees Frank Naeger and Kevin Lyght.
Village of Livingston President Thomas Brown and trustees Rosemary Gluege, Kimberly Loeffelholz and Debra France are unopposed on the ballot.
The Village of Montfort is having its caucus Monday night. The Village of Tennyson caucus will be Jan. 22.
School boards: The Iowa–Grant School Board has four seats up for election, but one — Area 1, Linden — has no candidate after incumbent Peggy Barton filed a declaration of noncandidacy. The Area 2 seat, in Cobb, will have two challengers, Renee Linscheid and Shawn Meuer, after incumbent Kris Meuer also filed a declaration of noncandidacy. The Area 6 seat, Montfort and Livingston at large, has one candidate, Fred Divall, after incumbent Brian Nodolf filed for noncandidacy.
In Area 3, Montfort, incumbent Darla Burton will be running for a one-year term after she was appointed to fill a board vacancy. The other three seats are three-year terms.
Two incumbents and two challengers will run for three seats on the Potosi School Board. Incumbents Craig Bierman and Peggy Udelhoven are opposed by challengers Stephen Pluemer and Tricia Reuter for three-year terms. Incumbent Patty Post is not running for reelection.
The Belmont School Board has one announced candidate for its two available seats. Incumbent Shawn Dailey is running, but incumbent Jared Reuter filed a declaration of non-candidacy, and no other candidate filed to run. The top write-in candidate April 2 will get the other available school board seat.
The three seats on the Platteville School Board will also be up for election, but only the three incumbents — school board president Brian Miesen, Nancy Bongers and Abdulkhair Masoom — will be on the ballot.