Sussex-Area Woman Petitions to Become Waukesha County Clerk
Jessie Read is a local woman running for Waukesha County Clerk, and on election day, she was securing those last few signatures needed to get on the ballot.
While voters filed in and out of the Sussex Armory National Guard, Jessie Read was outside hoping to secure that last handful of supporters she needs.
Read is registered to run for Waukesha County Clerk, and she's inching toward the last few signatures she needs to get her name on ballot in November's election. Three Republicans have already announced they're running for County Clerk, making Read the only Democrat to step up.
"I decided to run because, first, I am just dismayed by the election process," Read said, referring to the multiple election snafus during Kathy Nickolaus' term. "With my business and accounting skills, I think I'd be great at the job."
With around 30 signatures collected before noon on election day, Read says she has more than 400 signatures collected now in total. And with a June 1 deadline, she says she's not worried about reaching the 500 signatures she needs to get on the ballot.
"I think I'll have my signatures," Read said, smiling and waving at residents filing into the Sussex Armory.
Read says she wants people to "Take a H.I.N.T.," meaning she stands for honesty, integrity, nonpartisanship and transparency. On her campaign website, the Town of Lisbon resident says she has "lost confidence that the election vote counting process is accurate," and she's determined "to bring the idea of public service back into this government office."
And with the current clerk Kathy Nickolaus officially deciding not to seek re-election this fall, Read will face off against either Gina Kozlik, Kathleen Novack or Kathy Karalewitz, pending they too get enough signatures.