By Raymond Neupert/South Metro Observer

WESTON, Wis – Weston village residents will be casting ballots next month in a first ever primary election for village board trustee.

In a letter sent to the community Friday night, village administrator Daniel Guild says that an unprecedented nine candidates will vie for three open seats, which means there needs to be a runoff in February.

The nine candidates are former village board trustee Mark Maloney; current county board supervisor and school board member Yee Leng Xiong; retiring Everest Metro Police chief Wally Sparks; incumbent trustees Loren White, Scott Berger, and Mark Porlier; and political newcomers Thomas Rosenberg, Shawn Black and Stephanie Nagel.

In a statement, Administrator Guild says he’s very excited to see this sort of engagement in the electoral process. “We are so very fortunate to live in a country which provides us with the privilege to vote for our leaders. I encourage all of us to learn more about these candidates and participate in the upcoming elections next month and in April.”

The top six finishers in the Feb. 20 primary will move on to the April 3 spring election.