Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson seeks fourth term in office

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson has taken out nomination papers to seek his fourth four-year term in office in the spring election.

"Honored to have had the support of Outagamie County voters and hope to earn their support for another four years," Nelson said Friday in a statement to The Post-Crescent. "We have accomplished a lot — a declining tax rate, AAA bond rating, fully-funded services — but much work lies ahead."

Nelson recently ran as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Ron Johnson but dropped out before the primary, sending his support to eventual nominee Mandela Barnes.

County Board member Justin Krueger and former board member Kevin Sturn have also taken out nomination papers for the county executive seat.

Sturn, who served on county board from 2012 to 2020, announced his candidacy in August with numerous endorsements from county officials, including County Board Chairman Jeff Nooyen, Sheriff Clint Kriewaldt and Village of Greenville President Jack Anderson.

“The office requires a genuine commitment and focused dedication,” Sturn said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “A strong relationship with the Outagamie County Board of Supervisors is essential, and my experience as a supervisor will prove invaluable."

Krueger has served on the county board since 2016 and previously served 16 years on the Combined Locks Village Board.

"I truly love this community — it's relatively quiet, people are nice, it's a great place to live and there is plenty of work available," Krueger told The Post-Crescent. "It would be my greatest honor to serve as the Outagamie County executive."

Each candidate must collect at least 500 signatures from county residents by Jan. 3 to secure a place on the April 4 ballot. If all three candidates are on the ballot, a primary will be Feb. 21.

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Sophia Voight is a local government and political reporter for The Post-Crescent. She can be reached at svoight@postcrescent.com. Follow her on Twitter @sophia_voight.

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