Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | NEWS
2014 Election - Fall Election Preview
Filings start for fall county elections
Burnett Sheriff, Polk Clerk of Court retiring
BURNETT AND POLK COUNTIES – The fall election season starts April 15th, the first day candidates for the November election can file for office. Two of the four county incumbents are not running for re-election and some candidates have already declared their intent to run for the open offices.
Dean Roland is not running for another term as Burnett County Sheriff and Polk County Clerk of Court Joan Ritten is not seeking a full term to the position she was appointed to. Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson and Burnett County Clerk of Court Trudy Schmidt are seeking re-election for additional four year terms.
The Burnett Sheriff’s contest already has three candidates with two months remaining before the campaign kick-off. Frank Taylor has registered as a Democratic candidate. Ron Wilhelm and Chris Sybers are running as Republicans. When more than one candidate files with the same party, a primary on August 12th will choose the person who goes on to the November ballot.
Jobie Bainbridge is the only candidate so far who has filed to replace Ritten in Polk County. She has registered as a Republican candidate.
Candidates for the county offices file a Campaign Registration Statement with the County Clerk and need to collect from 200 to 400 signatures on their nomination papers between April 15 and June 2.
Salaries for the offices are determined by the county boards before the start of the filing periods and are set for the entire four year term. Burnett Countyjust approved the new salaries last week. The Sheriff will receive $67,813 in 2015, $69,169 in 2016, $70,552 in 2017, and $71,963 in 2018. The Burnett Clerk of Court will receive $54,382, $55,470, $56,579, and $57,711 for the same years. The Polk County Salaries will be approved at the March county board meeting.
The County Clerks, Treasurers, Registers of Deeds, and District Attorneys in the two counties were elected in 2012 and are half way through their four year terms.