Running for Local Office

Any questions in regards to running for an office you may contact the Village Clerk.

The Village Board and Municipal Judge are elected offices.

The Village Board is made up of the Village President and six Trustees. The terms of the Village President and three Trustees expire in odd numbered years. The terms of the remaining three trustees expire in even numbered years.

The term of Municipal Judge lasts four years.

Documents & Deadlines

State Statute requires that individuals seeking election complete: Declaration of Candidacy, Campaign Registration Statement and Nomination Papers. These forms are available below, at the Village Clerk's Office, or on line at the Wisconsin Elections Commission web site.

Individuals interested in running for local office may begin to circulate nomination papers once they have submitted a Campaign Registration Statement CF-1 to the Village Clerk on or after December 1 of the year preceding the election year. The nomination papers must obtain not less than 20 and not more than 100 signatures from eligible Village electors.

Nomination Paper (EL-169) and Declaration of Candidacy (EL-162) must be completed and submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday in January of the election year (in 2024, forms are due Tuesday, January 2 at 5:00 PM).


Below, there is a packet of candidate forms and a brief memo explaining running for office in the Village of DeForest.  If you have any questions, please contact the Village Clerk.