Will Mitchell see council races?

So far, there are four candidates for four seats.

Voters will choose four members of the Mitchell  City Council on Tuesday, June 7. One alderman per ward will be voted into office.

So far, we have one candidate each.

Former councilman Ken Tracy wants to recapture the Ward 1 seat he held for eight years. Tracy was appointed to the post in 2000 and won two elections before losing to current Councilman Doug Backlund in 2008.

Backlund said again Monday that he hasn’t decided if he will run again or not.

Ward 2 Councilman Dan Allen will seek re-election.

Phil Carlson, a Mitchell lawyer, is seeking to represent Ward 3 on the council.

Greg McCurry, chairman of the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee, is running for a seat to represent Ward 4.

Ward 3 Councilman Scott Houwman and Ward 4 Councilwoman Geri Beck said earlier this year they will not seek second terms.

The terms of council members Mel Olson, who represents Ward 1, Travis Carpenter, who represents Ward 2, Council Vice President Marty Barington, who represents Ward 3, and Council President Jeff Smith, who represents Ward 4, will not end this year. Mayor Lou Sebert is also not up for re-election in June.

Will anyone else file? It seems likely. How about you?

Tuesday was the first day to pick up petitions. Candidates need signatures from 50 registered voters in their wards to qualify for the ballot.

Tuesday, March 29, is the deadline to file.

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