The JT reports today the City Council is poised to move up the special election to pick a new mayor. The aldermen realized they could save $36,000 by holding the primary on April 7, the same day as local elections. The general election would be May 5.
The likely decision is an early loss for soon-to-be appointed Mayor Tom Friedel, who had advocated for a May 5 primary with a June 2 election. Friedel argued city residents need more time to pick a new mayor.
It also means Friedel's short stay in the mayor's office will be even shorter. Moving up the election date effectively cuts Friedel's term a month short (a significant amount of time when you're looking at a max of four months in office to begin with).
Moving up the date also shortens the amount of time candidates will have to collect the 200 signatures needed to run for office. If the primary is held April 7 and the General Election is May 5, candidates need to turn in their signatures by March 10. If the primary election is May 5 with the General Election on June 2, candidates can begin circulating papers on March 18 and have to turn them in by April 7.
Here's a breakdown of the timetable from City Attorney Rob Weber.