Applications open to fill vacancy on Madison city council following Halverson’s resignation

MADISON, Wis. — Applications to fill the vacant alderperson position for District 17 are now open.

The City of Madison announced that applications for the seat will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on October 3. Applicants must live in District 17, which encompasses Madison’s northeast corner near East Towne Mall.

Applicants will be interviewed at a Common Council Executive Committee meeting on October 20 at 6 p.m. The new alder will be appointed on October 25, and will serve until April 18, 2023.

The District 17 seat is open after former alder Gary Halverson resigned last week. Halverson’s name had appeared on a leaked list of members who had paid to be a part of the far-right group the Oath Keepers. He said he had joined the group in 2020 without vetting it, and left a few months afterward.

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Halverson stepped down after he said his home was vandalized and that his family’s safety needed to come first. His name was one of six Wisconsin lawmakers to appear in a data leak, which the Anti-Defamation League shared earlier this month.

Applicants looking to fill Halverson’s seat should send an application to

Applications must include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Email address
  • A biographical resume including education, work, neighborhood and civic experience
  • A statement detailing why you wish to serve
  • A statement of what you wish to accomplish
  • A statement about whether you plan to run for alderperson in the Spring 2023 election