The Common Council set the dates for the special election for mayor, which will be Oct. 17.

The special election was prompted by former Racine Mayor John Dickert announcing his resignation in March. He turned over the reigns to Common Council President Dennis Wiser in July. Wiser will serve as the interim Mayor until a new mayor is chosen in the special election.

Dickert left the job to become the president and chief administrative officer of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

People interested in running can now start circulating nomination paperwork, which will need to be turned into the Racine City Clerk’s Office by Aug. 22.

By 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, seven people had already filed notices of candidacy. They are:

  • Wally Rendon
  • Sandy Weidner
  • Melvin Hargrove
  • Cory Mason
  • Justin Wheeler
  • Austin Rodriguez
  • Fabi Maldonado

Because of the number of candidates, a primary election will likely be held Sept. 19.

The person elected on Oct. 17 will then take office on Nov. 7 and serve out the rest of Dickert’s term until April 2019.




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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.