Statement on 13th Aldermanic District Vacancy

March 20, 2014

We were saddened to learn today of Alderperson Sue Ellingson's resignation from the Madison Common Council.
 
Sue has been our Common Council colleague the last three years and our friend for many years before that, and we've enjoyed working with her on a number of topics and issues. Her commitment to making Madison, our state, and our nation a better place has driven her leadership on neighborhood, environmental, and political issues. We wish the best for Sue and her family and we know we will have the pleasure of working with her again in the future.
 
The procedure for filling a vacancy on the Common Council is set out in Madison General Ordinance 2.03 and Wisconsin State Statute 17.23(1)(a).
 
The Common Council President oversees the application process to fill the vacancy.  Those applications are reviewed by the Common Council Organizational Committee which makes a recommendation to the Common Council. The Common Council then appoints the new District 13 Alderperson. In addition to that process, the Common Council has the option of calling a special election in November to fill the seat until the next regularly scheduled Common Council election in April 2015. If the Common Council does not choose to hold a special election, the appointed Alderperson will serve until April 2015.
 
The process to fill the vacancy will begin soon and a timeline will be made available in the coming days.

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