Published On: Wed, Mar 5th, 2008

City Council slot is still open

City Council still has a vacant slot

HARTINGTON — Unless a write-in candidate files for election to the Hartington City Council, someone will have to be appointed in December to fill out a vacancy on the Council.
Ed Bottolfsen has decided against running for another term on the Council, representing Hartington’s South Ward.

Cedar County Clerk Dave Dowling said if no one files for the vacant seat or no one files as a write-in candidate, the City Council will appoint someone for that spot. The Council has 45 days after its December reorganizational meeting to appoint a new Council members. Dowling said there is no statute stating that Bottolfsen could not be reappointed to the seat.
This is the only office in the entire county that does not have a candidate. There will only be two contested elections this year in the entire county.
Cedar County Commissioner Marlen Kraemer is being challenged by Jack McCarthey of Randolph.
None of the three incumbents up for re-election to the Wynot School Board chose to seek another term. Kevin Klug, Tammi Wiepen, and Daryl Sudbeck all chose not to seek other terms on the Board.
Four political newcomers have filed for their seats, though.
Dan Wieseler, Heather Heimes, Dean R. Heine and Gina Kuchta have all filed for four-year terms on the Board. All four will automatically advance to the Fall General Election.
The Hartington School Board has three people running for the three open slots. Incumbents Ron Pearson and Wendy Sudbeck both filed for another term on the Board. Incumbent Steve Grube chose not to seek another term but. political newcomer Doug Miller has filed for that seat. All three will be unopposed in their election bids.
All four of the incumbents up for re-election to the Coleridge School Board have filed for another term in office. Karla Hansen, Robert Colwell, Marlen Papenhausen and Loren Paulsen are all unopposed in their bids for another term on the Board.