Becoming a Candidate

Spring 2021


Local offices to be included on the Spring 2021 Village of Waunakee ballot include: Village President and three Village Board Trustee seats. Village President and Village Trustee seats are for a term of two year beginning on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 

Becoming a Candidate


The following documents and links provide information on how to become a candidate for public office. As a candidate, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the election and campaign finance requirements that apply to your campaign, which you may obtain from either the Wisconsin Statutes or from your private attorney. In addition, you may obtain general information about elections from the Wisconsin Election Commission. Information provided below is provided as a courtesy, it should not be interpreted as either legal advice or a release from a candidates responsibility to comply with the law. If after reviewing the information you have further questions, please contact the Village Clerk at 608-850-2827.

Necessary Forms and Information


Write-In Candidates


To seek office as a write-in candidate:
  1. Pick up your Campaign Finance Registration Statement (CF-1) from the Village Clerk’s Office or download it from the link provided above. 
  2. File your Campaign Registration Statement with the Village Clerk as soon as you decide to become a write-in candidate for Village office. Write-in votes are counted at the Spring Primary for candidates who file a campaign registration statement by noon on Friday, February 12, 2021. Write-in votes are counted at the Spring Election for candidates who file a campaign registration statement by noon on Friday, April 2, 2021. 
  3. Educate your supporters to fill the oval and write your name in the write-in area under the office for which you are running.

Important Dates 


  • December 1, 2020: First day nomination papers may be circulated. 
  • December 25, 2020: Deadline for incumbents not seeking re-election to file Notice of Non-Candidacy 
  • January 5, 2021: All candidacy papers and forms due to the Clerk's office by 5 p.m. 
  • January 8, 2021: Deadline to challenge nomination papers
  • February 16, 2021: Spring Primary, if needed. 
  • April 6, 2021: Spring Election 

Candidate Filings 


This is where we list the candidates who have submitted paperwork to run for local office. This list will be updated as new information is received. This list was last updated on: January 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm.   


Village President

Mary Heimbecker
  • Declaration of Candidacy - received 01/04/2021
  • Campaign Registration Statement - received 01/04/2021
  • Nomination Papers - received and verified 01/05/2021
Chris Zellner
  • Declaration of Candidacy - received 12/23/2020
  • Campaign Registration Statement - received 12/23/2020
  • Nomination Papers - received and verified 12/23/2020

Village Trustee

Gary Herzberg
  • Declaration of Candidacy - received 01/05/2021
  • Campaign Registration Statement - received 01/05/2021
  • Nomination Papers - received and verified 01/05/2021
Sam Kaufmann
  • Declaration of Candidacy - received 01/05/2021
  • Campaign Registration Statement - received 01/05/2021
  • Nomination Papers - received and verified 01/05/202
Robert McPherson
  • Declaration of Candidacy - received 12/29/2020
  • Campaign Registration Statement - received 12/29/2020
  • Nomination Papers - received and verified 01/04/2021
Angie Ramos
  • Declaration of Candidacy - received 01/05/2021
  • Campaign Registration Statement - received 01/05/2021
  • Nomination Papers - received and verified 01/05/2021
 Kristin Runge
  • Notification of Noncandidacy - received 12/24/2020
Phillip Willems
  • Declaration of Candidacy - received 12/24/2020
  • Campaign Registration Statement - received 12/24/2020
  • Nomination Papers - received and verified 01/05/2021
Joe Zitzelsberger
  • Declaration of Candidacy - received 12/22/2020
  • Campaign Registration Statement - received 12/22/2020
  • Nomination Papers - received and verified 01/04/2021