Three of 37 current Dane County Board supervisors have decided not to run again in 2016, opening their seats for newcomers.
District 5 Supervisor Leland Pan and District 36 Supervisor Cynda Solberg have both filed declarations of non-candidacy, and District 4 Supervisor Kyle Richmond planned to file his declaration Wednesday.
Richmond has been elected to the board seven times, starting in 2002, and represents a swath of Madison covering Lake Monona, Lake Wingra and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. He is currently second vice-chair of the board and has focused on environmental issues, serving on the Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources committee, among others.
Solberg represents Cottage Grove and an area stretching south to Lake Kegonsa. She was first elected in 2008 and is one of few conservatives left on the progressive-dominated board. She sits on the county’s finance committee, the Community Development Block Grant Commission and the Board of Health of Madison and Dane County.
Pan was first elected to the board in 2012 as a student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, which falls mostly in his district. He has pushed to address racial disparities and reform the criminal justice system, speaking at Young, Gifted and Black Coalition protests against a new jail.
He also drew criticism during his term for letting protesters into the City-County Building the night 19-year-old Tony Robinson was shot by a Madison police officer.
The deadline to file to run for County Board is Jan. 5. As of Wednesday, only one candidate per race had filed for Richmond’s and Solberg’s seats — Richard Kilmer and Danielle Williams, respectively. Pan’s seat has drawn more competition, with three candidates already filed — Savion Castro, Hayley Young and Angelito Tenorio.
Races are also shaping up in District 1, where Adam Brabender is challenging incumbent Mary Kolar; District 18, where Adam Tobias is challenging incumbent Michele Ritt; and District 28, where John Brixy is challenging recently appointed Supervisor Nikole Jones.
Former District 28 Supervisor Abigail Wuest stepped down two months ago and the board selected Jones to take her place. Jones will now face off with Brixy, who had also applied for the vacant seat when Wuest stepped down.
No candidates had filed to run against the other 31 incumbents as of Wednesday.
The spring election is April 5, with a primary on Feb. 16 in races with more than two candidates.