The town of Newport clerk failed to get the 20 required signatures from residents to have his name appear on the ballot, so no name will appear on the ballot for clerk candidates in the spring election, according to Newport Town Board Chairman Jesse Weaver.

Weaver said Clerk Cecil Pittack informed him he didn’t have enough signatures.

Weaver said he’s not concerned that the town won’t have a clerk at all and that this might be an opportunity that someone else could serve.

Pittack couldn’t be reached for comment and Weaver couldn’t comment on whether Pittack will launch a write-in campaign.

In a phone interview, Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney said town clerk positions can be hard to fill.

Magney said the GAB doesn’t keep track of how hard it might be to fill the positions in town government.

The GAB focuses on state races.

“There aren’t usually a lot of people running for town clerk,” he said.

He said the jobs are usually part time and thankless with a lot of turnover.

The GAB works with the town clerks on elections, although the job requires other work as well, Magney said.

An article in the Jan. 5 edition of the Dells Events reported that Pittack was running unopposed, but Pittack’s name will not appear on the ballot and other candidates could win in a write-in challenge.


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