Deadline for filing nomination papers for the November General Election is 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.
At Mirror-Reporter press time Tuesday, two candidates had submitted their names to the Cerro Gordo County Auditor’s office for placement on the ballot in both the At-Large City Council race, as well as the Ward 2 representative race. Nelson Crabb remained the only candidate so far for the office of Mayor. Crabb will be seeking his fourth term in office.
Candidates for the At-Large race include incumbent Gary Hugi and former City Council representative Dana Brant. Hugi, who is retired, will be seeking his second term in office. Brant served as the Council’s representative from Ward One from 2012 to 2016. He was forced to seek re-election in Ward Three due to redistricting created by the most recent census. The new boundaries placed the one-term incumbent in a race with another one-term representative, Jim Boehnke. Boehnke was the winner in a tight race. Brant is self-employed.
Tony Nelson is seeking re-election as representative of the Second Ward. Nelson was elected in 2010 to serve a four-year term on the Council representing the residents of Ward 2. He is currently serving his second term. He is a co-owner and the director of Sales and Marketing for American Resources LLC of Lake Mills. He will be challenged by Bennett Smith, an instructor in history and political science at North Iowa Area Community College.
In Ventura, incumbents Crystal Meints and Brian Vague have filed nomination papers, along with Mayor Lynn Benson. As of Friday, there were no challengers for the Ventura openings.