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Mullenberg off the Somerset ballot

There will be one less candidate on the ballot this April.

Gerald Mullenberg, incumbent Trustee on the Somerset Village board, has been disqualified due to insufficient paperwork.

"All candidates will be on the ballot, except Gerald Mullenberg because on the back page on the top, he did not fill it our prior to being circulated," Pam Donohoe, Village Clerk, said.

The paperwork in question requires the candidate to fill out his name, address, municipality, type of election, election date, title of office, branch/district/seat number, and jurisdiction/district in which the candidate seeks office. This information is at the top of the page, followed by spaces for ten people to sign their support, and then the candidate signs to certify that he personally circulated the nomination paper and personally obtained each signature.

This deficiency, along with a couple of others, was brought to light by Lauren Stephens, candidate for Village President office. She had noticed the discrepencies when she asked for all the candidate's paperwork last week, and filed a formal challenge Friday, January 9.

Donohoe had said she consulted the Village Attorney and the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board before making the decision to remove Mullenberg from the ballot.