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Filings slow for Pierce County Board

With less than a week to go, races are shaping up for two seats on the Pierce County Board. But as of noon Wednesday there were no declared candidates for six seats, four in the River Falls area.

The deadline for filing the required forms is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. The general election will be April 6. There are 17 seats on the board.

In District 8, Thomas Sitz, N8739 County Road W, River Falls, is challenging incumbent John Kucinski. District 8 represents Wards 1 and 2 of the town of River Falls and Ward 2 of the town of Martell.

In District 16, incumbent Jeff Holst, town of Diamond Bluff, is being challenged by Mike Miller, Hager City.

Cullen Peterson, 840 Wild Rose Ave., Unit 411C, River Falls, has declared his candidacy for the District 6 seat now held by Nikki Shonoiki, who has not registered her intentions. District 6 includes Wards 9 and 10 of the city of River Falls.

These districts had no declared candidates at noon Wednesday:

-- District 1 (Wards 1 and 2 of the city of Prescott), the incumbent is Chip Simones.

--District 2 (Wards 1 and 2 of the town of Clifton and Ward 3 in Prescott), incumbent is Jim Camery.

--District 3 (Ward 3 of the town of River Falls and Wards 3 and 5 of the city of River Falls), incumbent is Rich Purdy.

--District 4 (Wards 4 and 12 of the city of River Falls), incumbent is Ben Plunkett.

--District 7 (Wards 6 and 7 in the city of River Falls), incumbent Ron Lockwood signed a declaration of non-candidacy.

--District 9 (town of Gilman, Ward 2 of Spring Lake and Wards 1 and 2 of Spring Valley), incumbent is Ken Snow.

These incumbents have declared their candidacy and most have completed the nomination process: District 5, Paul Barkla, River Falls; District 10, Jim Ross, Elmwood; District 11, Don Rohl, Ellsworth; District 12, Greg Place, Ellsworth; District 13, Dan Reis, Ellsworth; District 14, L. Ronald Bartels, Bay City; District 15, Jerry Kosin, Prescott; and District 17, Mel Pittman, Plum City.

County Board candidates, who must live in the district they hope to represent, may pick up nomination forms and declare their candidacy in the county clerk's office at the courthouse in Ellsworth. Candidates need 20 to 100 signatures on their nomination forms.

Forms and instructions for county supervisor positions are also available online. Go to and click on "Candidate Registration" on the left side of the page.