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Ronn Ferrell

Ronn Ferrell

Candidates for the Dane County Board of Supervisors’ District 15 seat will have an extra three days to register to run after the incumbent did not file nomination papers by Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline.

Supervisor Ronn Ferrell declared his candidacy Dec. 19. The deadline to file for non-candidacy was Dec. 22.

On Friday, when asked if he would be running for re-election, Ferrell said in an email: "I have an opponent? That's democracy for you. Let the fun begin."

Because Ferrell did not submit the necessary paperwork by the deadline, the filing deadline for District 15 is extended for 72 hours. Candidates other than the incumbent may file all forms, including nomination papers, through Friday at 5 p.m.

Brent Renteria, a town of Middleton board member, has filed to run in the district, located in the town and parts of far west Madison.

Last April, the town of Middleton voted against opting out of Dane County zoning. 

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The residents’ 352 to 29 vote at the annual town meeting in April followed a 2016 bill authored by Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker in 2016 giving towns in Dane County the option to opt out of county zoning.

An earlier version of the bill would have transferred opt-out power to town boards instead of residents, two town residents to run as write-in candidates. Cynthia Richson and Richard Oberle unseated Chair Bill Kolar and Supervisor Tim Roehl in April's election.  

The spring primary is Feb. 20, and the election is April 3.

Jessie Opoien contributed to this story. 

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Abigail Becker joined The Capital Times in 2016, where she primarily covers city and county government. She previously worked for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the Wisconsin State Journal.