Will there be a shakeup in Rutledge leadership next year? Three contested races are underway in Rutledge, with the last chance to cast a ballot right around the corner. Election day will decide who will be Rutledge's mayor and who will occuppy two city counci po
While Madison, Rutledge and Bostwick all had offices up for grabs, only Rutledge has contested races on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election.
Incumbent Bruce Altznauer will run against Challenger Allen Smith for Rutledge Mayor. Incumbent Adam Beckstine will run against Challenger Devon Dartnell for the Council City 1 seat. Incumbent Brandie Williams Owens will run against Challenger Wesley Johnson for the City Council 3 seat.
In Madison, Mayor Fred Perriman will serve another term, as no one filed to run against him. Councilman Eric Joyce will serve a second term, also running unopposed. Betsy Wagenhauser is the presumed winner to take over for Chris Hodges’ District 5 seat. Hodges decided not to run for reelection and Wagenhauser, owner of the historic Bonar Hall, is running for the seat unopposed.
In Bostwick, all of the incumbents qualified and are running for reelection unopposed: Mayor John Bostwick, Ken Johnson, Lee Nunn, Angie Howard, and Damon Malcom.
Early voting began on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and lasts until Friday, Oct. 29. During that time, early voters can cast ballots Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Voters can also cast ballots on Saturday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election day will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The polls will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Votes cast on election day must be done at a voter’s assigned local precinct, not the board of elections office in Madison. If there is a need for a run-off election for any seat, that will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30.