Election Season Begins

Residents hoping to run for a spot on the April ballot can now pick up their paperwork at city hall.

Eligible candidates must be registered voters, have lived within city limits for at least one year, gather a minimum of 168 qualified signatures, and file with the City Clerk’s office during the week of November 17 through the 24th.

Ten residents showed up on the first day packets were available, including current Councilmembers Doug Krause, Judy Broadhead, Dave Wentz, Paul Hinterlong, and Steve Chirico who is running for mayor.

Robert Fieseler and Mayor Pradel have both said publicly they won’t seek re-election and Grant Wehrli is running for state legislature in November.

If more than 32 residents file paperwork for a council seat, a primary will be held on February 24. The consolidated election is April 7.

Because residents first voted for and then struck down a district system, all seats are up this time around.

The top four vote-getters will serve four year terms and the other four will serve two year terms.

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