Change will be coming to the village and town of Osceola governments respectively. 

The deadline for candidates to file for the upcoming Spring Election is Jan. 5. Village of Osceola officials notified the Sun last week that incumbents Van Burch and Bob Schmidt have filed notices of non-candidacy. 

Burch commented on Facebook he loved being on the board and will miss the village staff and his fellow members, but issues scheduled this year will not allow him to give it the time and energy being a board member deserves. 

Village President Jeromy Buberl has nomination papers out, along with appointee Brad Lutz as of last week. 


Town of Osceola

Town Chairman Doug Schmidt announced in a letter to the editor to the Sun, after a lengthy career in local government, he’s retiring, effective Jan. 5. 

“I wish to thank everyone for all the help and support that you have afforded me the past 10 years to serve as chairperson to our fine town,” the letter states. “However, after a long discussion with my wife and family, we decided that it is time for me to leave public office.” 

Schmidt’s sudden retirement wasn’t the only news coming from the Town. Bernie Desmarais notified the Sun last week he was sworn in as the new Deputy Clerk. His main duties, he said, is to ensure the candidacy papers and proper communication with Township, County and State officials for the Spring Election. 

He also added the town is seeking candidates for a permanent, part-time Clerk position. Anyone interested should review the job description on the town of Osceola website and apply. 



Osceola School Board President Brooke Kulzer is the only candidate who has filed. Her seat will be the only one on the ballot in April. 

The Village of Dresser has seen Bryan “Fatboy” Raddatz submit papers for Village President and Grace Bjorklund submit papers for Village Trustee. 

The Town of Farmington held its caucus during its monthly meeting Jan. 4. 

The Sun will update this story on its website later in the week if there’s been any additions between last week and the Jan. 5 deadline.  

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