Local candidates file for November elections
A busy local election cycle is near.
A throng of candidates were announced last week following the filing deadline on Sept. 15.
The city of Grand Junction could see a significant amount of action at the polls November 2. Seven residents are vying for three open city council seats, which include Mark Renslow, Spencer Kirk, Lora Stoline Lyons, Paula Hoskinson, Michelle Hillman, Bailey Mount and Brian Pritchard.
Jason McDowell will attempt to dethrone incumbent mayor Gerold Herrick.
The city of Jefferson has five residents competing for three city council spots. Incumbents Harry Ahrenholtz, Patrick Zmolek and Darren Jackson will attempt to fend off newcomers Mark Wright and Heath Enns.
The city of Scranton may encounter a few fireworks as well, with three residents vying for the open mayoral position. Cole Gustoff stepped down earlier this month, paving the way for candidates Jerald Boyd (mayor pro-tem) as well as Jerry Erwin and current city councilman David Dideriksen.
Scranton has two open city council seats, though no current residents filed to run.
The city of Churdan will have a few important decisions to make, with four residents vying for two open seats on the city council. Incumbents Nick Christianson and Heidi Geisler up against candidates Mark Kersey and Mary Vogel.
Incumbent mayor Joleen Killeen is running unopposed.
The city of Paton will likely have a new mayor, with candidate Steve Burrell running unopposed while city council incumbent Diane Hanion and resident Zach Schweers are running for the two open slots.
Rippey mayor Daniel Brubaker is running unopposed while city council incumbents Donald Carpenter and Garry Higgins are running unopposed as well.
Rounding out the local governmental elections is Dana mayor Mandy Sims, who is running unopposed while city council incumbents Christopher Vargas and Anthony Sims are also running unopposed.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS
Catherine Carman-Wilson is the only Greene County Community School District incumbent running for the three open board of education seats in November’s election. Five others are joining Wilson in what could be an intense race. They include; Nicholas Lehman, Bonnie Silbaugh, Sean Sebourn, Cindi Daubendiek and Michelle Fields.
Greene County school board president Steve Karber did not file to retain his seat nor did Mike Dennhardt. A school board candidate forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Greene County elementary cafeteria.
The Paton Churdan-Community School District will vote on three open board of education seats as well. Incumbents Mitch Stream and Dennis Tilley have filed again while Zach Schweers will contest for the third open seat.
Sarah Obinna did not file for re-election.
The 2021 city and school elections will take place Tuesday, Nov. 2.