Run for Madison School Board

The Numbers
$332M+ (2006-2007)

Students: 24,576

Schools: 48

MMSD website:

WI Elections Board
We're engaging in a bit of demand side democracy, as opposed to the traditional supply side version. We think we're all better off with competitive races. Read on:

A lively debate during school board elections will help shape better policies and improve programs for Madison’s children. A lively debate, of course, requires more than one candidate in a race. You can be one of those candidates!

Howard Dean recently commented on local races:
"You need to run for office yourself," he said. "Somebody has to take responsibility for being on the school board, on the city council all these offices that sometimes lead to higher things and sometimes don't. Democracy withers unless people think unless people understand that they're responsible, not their neighbor."
Here are the steps:
  • Madison City Clerk Spring, 2007 Election guide (pdf)
  • Begin circulating nomination papers on December 1. Papers must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2.
  • File a campaign registration statement (EB-1) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, or as soon as a candidate knows he or she will run for office and before the candidate collects any funds.
  • Candidates must have a minimum of 100 signatures and may have a maximum of 200.
  • File a Declaration of Candidacy (Form EB162) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.
  • Primary date: February 20, 2007.
  • General election date: April 3, 2007.
All of the requirements are listed on the State Election Board Website. The Madison City Clerk's website has more.

You won’t be alone. A strong network of experienced activists from all across the city will help with research, organizing, fundraising, and all the other necessities of running a campaign. Information on our website will be available for all candidates who decide to run and our website will provide information about all candidates, beginning in January 2006.  This could include interviews with candidates, candidate bios and videos of public forums.  We want to have a discussion of the issues facing Madison’s public education system during this campaign season.  More than one candidate  for each seat  is the only way to make that happen.  Learn more about public education and many other local issues by reading

As a candidate, you would run city-wide for a one of three numbered seats currently held by Johnny Winston, Jr. and Shwaw Vang and Ruth Robarts (Ruth announced that she will not seek re-election).

If you’d like to know more about how to run, you can find the details on the Web site of the city clerk. In addition, take a look at previous campaigns here: 04/2004, 04/2005 and 04/2006. Or, feel free to contact
  • Jim Zellmer, webmaster of, (608) 213 0434, zellmer at mac dot com

  • Don Severson, Active Citizens for Education, (608) 238-8300, donleader at aol dot com

  • Ed Blume, (608) 225-6591, edblume at mailbag dot com.


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Last Updated 11.16.2006

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