Editor’s Note: We received “affidavits for candidacy” for those running in our Polk County communities, but we haven’t had adequate time to sort those out and figure out how many seats are open in those communities. Hopefully more information will be available on the races in Polk County for next week’s issue.
The lineup for area city council races in the Story County area that we cover for next month’s election is set, barring any objections or withdrawal of candidates.
The deadline for candidates for the Nov. 7 city elections was 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Candidates had to file their paperwork with their local city clerk’s office. Officials there then had to submit their lists of candidates to the Story County Auditor’s Office on Friday.
Here’s a rundown of the official candidates (those on the ballot) in our Nevada Journal and Tri-County Times readership area:
Two candidates are running for mayor after incumbent Scott DeYoung chose not to seek re-election. Jason Bohning and Steven Kovarik are both on the ballot to fill the seat left open by DeYoung’s departure.
Three people are running for three open seats on the city council. Michael Maki, a past councilman, is seeking to return to the council. Newcomer Barb McBreen is also running, while incumbent David Thom is seeking re-election.
Mayor Brent Comegys is unopposed in his bid for re-election, but four people are running for three seats on the city council.
Incumbents Gregory Schlueter and Neal Stratton are being challenged by Andrew Coree and Brent Horn.
There are five people running for three seats on the city council.
Incumbents Paul Conrad and Benjamin Spalding are seeking re-election, but they are being challenged by Austin Fortsch, Randy Stoeffler and Brandon Handsaker.
Mayor Craig Henry is unopposed in his re-election bid, but five people are seeking three seats on the city council.
Incumbents Kevin Deaton and David Kuhn are being challenged by Greg Mulder, Rick Peterson and Joe Schierbrock.
City Councilman David Hauge Jr. is running unopposed in his bid for re-election. His name is the only one that will appear on the ballot, despite two seats being open.
Mayor Steven Gast is running unopposed, while four people are running for two seats on the city council.
Incumbent Michael Gustafson is being challenged by Alex Golly, Charles Robertson and Jon Klein.
Incumbent Alex Rainey is seeking re-election as the city’s mayor, and is running unopposed.
Three seats on the city council will be open, but only two candidates — incumbents Scott Anderson and LeAnn Hazen — have filed papers to run.
Current city councilman Brett Barker is running for mayor and incumbent Brian Hanson is seeking re-election for an at-large seat on the city council.
In Nevada’s second ward, Larry Sloan and Luke Spence have filed to run; while in the fourth ward, Charles Good, Dane Nealson and Jason Sampson are all seeking election to the council.
John Kahler is uncontested in his bid for mayor, while incumbents Susan Erickson and Kenneth May are each seeking re-election. A third seat on the city council is open.
Two candidates, Martin Herr and Gerald Lee Murrell Sr., are competing in the race to be mayor. Incumbents Rick Good and David Tisdale are seeking re-election to their at-large seats. Two other candidates are challenging Good and Tisdale for their seats and one other on the council. Sandy Perisho and Timothy W. Reed have also filed their papers to run.
In the race to fill an at-large vacancy on the city council, incumbent Gerald Lee Murrell Jr. is seeking election.