There are 41 candidates for 20 Common Council seats this spring. But only five of the seats involve a primary election on Feb. 15.
Of the five, only one of these primaries involves an incumbent: Brian Solomon, who faces a challenge from Nelson Donovan and Tom Farley.
The four other primary races are in districts where the incumbent is stepping down.
Matt Brink, Brian Driscoll, Lisa Subeck, Danny Thomas and Richard Williams are running for Jed Sanborn's far-west-side seat; Christian von Preysing-Barry, Scott Resnick and Kyle Szarzynski seek Brian Eagon's seat in the heavily student-populated downtown district; Micah Berken, Sue Ellingson, Michael Lester and TJ Mertz are vying for Julia Kerr's seat on the near west side; and Steven Coleman, Peng Her and Anita Weier want to replace Michael Schumacher on the north side.
Alders Lauren Cnare, Mike Verveer, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Satya Rhodes-Conway, Tim Bruer, Larry Palm and Mark Clear are running unopposed. The remaining eight seats involving only two candidates will be decided in the general election April 5.