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Your Business Advocate: Big Local Race Shaping Up

While we just got done with some big area races, and there is an incredibly important State Supreme Court election on the ballot in April, we cannot overlook the Outagamie County Executive race this spring. Now that candidates can begin circulating nomination papers to get on the ballot, the race is coming into focus.

All eyes were on incumbent Tom Nelson to see if he will run for a 4th term, and last week he announced his intention to do so. Should he win in April, Nelson would hold the office for 16 years if he serves the full four-year term. He has run for several other races during his tenure, including Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Congress, so it is not out of the realm of possibility that happens again.

Two other candidates have also taken out papers to run, including former Outagamie County Board Member Kevin Sturn and current board member Justin Krueger. There are also rumors that State Representative Dave Murphy (R-Greenville) is mulling a run.

Sturn served on the county board from 2012-2020 and has received endorsements from County Board Chairmen Jeff Nooyen, Sheriff Clint Kriewaldt, and Village of Greenville President Jack Anderson.

Krueger is the CEO of Your Neighborhood Living, Inc. and a Village Trustee for Combined Locks, in addition to his county role.

Each candidate needs to turn in at least 500 signatures by January 4th to get on the ballot. If there are more than three candidates who qualify, there will be a primary election on February 21st to narrow the field to the top two. Stay tuned!