Spring elections for the Dane County Board of Supervisors will involve eight open seats, including two in downtown Madison. At least another eight incumbents will face challenges, though Board chair Scott McDonell says "that could change in two weeks."
Supv. Barbara Vedder is not running for reelection on the east side, and Supv. Analiese Eicher is giving up her seat in the heavily student-populated district around UW-Madison. Heidi Wegleitner and Adam Plotkin are running for Vedder's seat, and Leland Pan is running for Eicher's.
Some board members are forced to run in new districts because of redistricting. Kyle Richmond, who holds the 27th District on the west side, will now be running for the 4th District, held by Brett Hulsey, who is not running for reelection. Don Imhoff, who currently serves the far-east-side District 3, is now located in District 17, where he'll face Jeff Pertl.
The filing deadline to run is Jan. 3. McDonell says he's confident progressives will maintain control of the board, but he'd like to pick up a few seats to prevent the group of 10 conservatives from continuing to block borrowing measures.
The primary will be held on Feb. 21 and the general election on April 3.