LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Eleven people have filed nomination papers to become La Crosse's next mayor.
Five p.m. Wednesday was the deadline for interested candidates to enter the contest to replace Matt Harter, who decided to not seek a second term.
Nine of the candidates dropped off their paperwork to the La Crosse City Clerk's office on Wednesday. The remaining two had turned in their nomination forms last month.
City Clerk Teri Lehrke now has to go through the candidates' papers to make sure each has enough valid signatures to qualify for a place on the ballot.
Once the list of candidates is set, the next important date is the February 19 primary to narrow the race down to the top two contenders. The spring election date is April 2.
Here are the list of candidates who have submitted the paperwork to appear on the ballot:
City Clerk Teri Lehrke says this is the second largest field of candidates for mayor in the past two decades. In 2005, there were 14 mayoral candidates on the primary ballot.
Also on the spring ballot are nine city council seats, including District 10, which is currently vacant. Districts 2, 3, and 10 all had more than two candidates file the paperwork, so those districts will also have primary contests February 19 to narrow the field to two.