Run for something in 2022

This year more than ever, we encourage people who want fair, clean government, services for people, equity and justice, and a sustainable future to run for local government. See below for CANDIDATE TRAINING.
All La Crosse County Board seats will be up for election in spring 2022. Please see this candidate checklist for details on papers and deadlines. Deadline summary:
  • Start circulating NOMINATION PAPERS for signatures (at least 50, not more than 200) on or after December 1, 2021
  • File a Campaign Registration Statement no later than January 2, 2022 (new candidates must file before campaign funds are collected)
  • Complete a Declaration of Candidacy and file it no later than January 2, 2022
  • Turn in NOMINATION PAPER signatures no later than January 2, 2022
If there are more than two candidates in a district, the top two vote-getters in the February 20 primary will be on the ballot for the April 3 election.

Here is the map of county board districts. Here is the list of current county board members by district. County board members are paid monthly. Keep track of who has taken out papers to run at this link.


La Crosse City Council
  • 13 members
  • Every odd year, half the council seats are up for election (2019 = 6 seats, 2021 = 7 seats) for four year terms, so there are no city council elections in 2022
  • New aldermanic district map for 2022 and beyond
Onalaska Common Council
  • 6 members with two year terms, half elected each year
  • Elections for seats currently held by Cari Burmaster, Jim Olson, and Diane Wulf will be held in 2022
For village and town government information in La Crosse County, visit the county's website and click on the YOUR GOVERNMENT tab.

SCHOOL BOARDS (Wisconsin Statute 120.06)
  • Terms are three years
  • At large elections in spring (primaries if needed in February, election in April)
  • In most cases, candidate must be a resident of the district
  • See school board candidate checklist from Wisconsin Elections Board
  • May start papers on December 1
  • Must gather signatures (number depends upon district size) on nomination papers
  • Must file nomination papers by first day of business 2022
  • WI Assoc. of School Boards (WASB) 2019 Booklet- Guide for Candidates
La Crosse School Board
  • 9 members
  • Every spring one-third of seats are up for election (2022 elections: Dawn Comeau, Juan Jimenez, Pelli Lee seats up for election)
  • School board workshop for potential candidates is December 1 at 5 p.m. online via Zoom. To register and receive the link to participate, call 608-789-7659 or email
Onalaska School Board
Holmen School Board
  • 8 members
  • Every spring one-third of seats are up for election. In 2022, seats held by Rebecca Rieber, Anita Jagodzinski, and Emily Szak (student representative) will be open.
West Salem School Board
In addition to an online training workshop offered on November 20 by the La Crosse County Democratic Party, there will be other opportunities for candidate training. 

Wisconsin Progress will offer candidate training in La Crosse on Saturday, December 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location TBA. Learn more and register here.

The Wisconsin League of Women Voters offers a page of resources and links for potential candidates.

EMERGE is a national organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office. EMERGE WISCONSIN provides training and guidance in our state.

The National Council on Independent Living offers, ELEVATE, candidate training for people with disabilities.

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