1. Archive

City election offers choices

The Dec. 13 city election will give voters more choices than they have had in years.

By the end of Monday, the first day of qualifying, candidates had lined up to challenge the mayor and each of the three City Council incumbents.

Also, city voters will decide a series of ballot questions about changing the city's charter.

Two-term Mayor Curtis Rich and challenger Ron Kitchen both qualified Monday to run for a two-year term as mayor.

Rich has said he still has work to do and hopes to continue his service to the city.

Kitchen, president of a locally based golf course development firm, had hoped to take over the mayor's seat without opposition. But when Rich decided to run again, Kitchen said he had already convinced himself that he wanted to serve as mayor and decided to run anyway.

Incumbent Joan Ogle also qualified Monday for council Seat 2, which she has held for one two-year term. At least one challenger came forward on Monday _ Joseph Chrietzberg.

In the race for Seat 4, incumbent Carson Mason filed his paperwork Monday to seek re-election for his second term.

Longtime council observer George Otto also qualified and will challenge Mason for that seat.

Qualifying continues through noon Friday.

Candidates must have lived in the city for at least two years and must pay qualifying fees and name a treasurer in order to get their names on the ballot. The candidates run in a non-partisan, citywide election for the various seats. Each job pays $5,067.60 annually.