Deadline nears for election

Candidates must make decision today

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— Residents have until 5 p.m. today to announce their candidacy for the November City Council election.

When city hall closed Friday, just six candidates had turned in petitions to run for four open positions. Residents can still get on the November ballot if they turn in their candidate affidavit and a petition with 25 signatures from their respective constituencies to city hall by the end of today.

City Clerk Julie Jordan said she has handed out several candidate affidavit forms and petitions but many have not come back.

So far just two council seats are being contested, District I and District II. Incumbent Bud Romberg is running a second time for District I and is being challenged by Sue Dellinger. Planning Commission Chairwoman Kathi Meyer and Marcus Williams are contesting the District II seat left open by Councilwoman Arianthe Stettner, who decided not to run.

Last week, two candidates officially announced their candidacies. Councilman Steve Ivancie decided to run for the two-year at-large seat, which he currently holds. So far, Ivancie is uncontested.

A former city employee, Dellinger announced last Monday that she was running for the District I position. When Romberg ran for the District I seat in 1999, he did so unopposed.

Incumbent Paul Strong is the only candidate running for District III. He too is unopposed.

The City Council elections, held on the first Tuesday of November with the general election, occurs every two years with three of the city's six districts and the at-large seat being open.

During the 2000 election, 10 candidates turned in petitions for four seats. By election time, just eight names were on the ballot, two for each seat.

In that election, Ivancie and Meyer ran against each other for the at-large seat and Meyer lost by just 41 votes. That year, Ken Brenner and Councilman Loui Antonucci ran for the District II seat.

Ivancie considered running for the District II seat this election, which is a four-year term, but he was placed in District I when the city redrew its district lines.

To run for the City Council, candidates must be at least 18 years old, have lived in the municipality for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the dates of the election and be a resident of the district they will represent.

In the council election, residents vote for a representative from each district and the at-large position.

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