Three Dane County Board Supervisors resign spurring search for new candidates 

Three Dane County Board Supervisors have resigned from the Dane County Board. Olivia Xistris-Songpanya, who served District 13, which includes a large area of the UW–Madison campus, resigned on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Both Mike Bare and Alex Joers resigned effective Aug. 18. Bare served District 32, which includes the Verona area, and Joers served District 9 on the far west side of Madison. Both Bare and Joers also serve as representatives in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

County Board Chair Patrick Miles has announced the process for filling the vacancy in Supervisory District 13 (city of Madison Wards 56-59, 63-64), Supervisory District 32 (town of Verona Wards 2–3; city of Verona), and Supervisory District 9 (city of Madison Wards 109–110, 113–114, 118–119, 138–141).

County ordinances provide for a vacancy in the office of county supervisor occurring at this point in the term to be filled by temporary appointment by the County Board chairperson, with confirmation by the County Board. The seats will then be subject to the regular spring election for all County Board districts, which will take place on Apr. 2, 2024. The County Board intends to act on the appointment at its regularly-scheduled meeting on Sept. 21. The annual salary is currently $11,423.47.

The declaration of candidacy and nomination papers can be found on the Dane County Clerk’s Office website.

Public hearings for each district, held in person, will be conducted by County Board Chair Miles as listed below:

  • The hearing for District 9 will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at Hampton Inn and Suites Madison West at 483 Commerce Drive.
  • The hearing for District 32 will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Hyatt Place Madison/Verona at 846 Liberty Drive.
  • The hearing for District 13 will take place on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Union South at 1308 West Dayton St. The room number will be listed on the displays in the building.

Interested applicants are welcome to attend the hearing to describe their qualifications for the position. Written support can be submitted in advance, and members of the public may register in writing at the hearing.