OTTUMWA — Southern Iowans have many elected officials to choose from in the voting booth today. In Wapello and surrounding counties, mayor and city council seats are up for grabs.
In Agency, Kevin Snyder is running unopposed for mayor. Vying for three city council positions are John Benedict, Daniel Boos, Alan Campbell, Mary Ruth Hanna and William Steele. To fill a vacancy on the council, voters will choose between Linda Teeter Knaak and Kathy Thrasher.
In Blakesburg, Jason Myers is running unopposed for mayor. Council member candidates are Penny Fisher, Ronald Moser, Donna Thompson and Vickie Willey.
In Chillicothe, James M. Lasley is running unopposed for mayor. To fill five positions on the city council, the candidates are David Dalbey, Sharon Lasley, Troy L. Ragen, John Richmond and Tim Richmond.
In Eddyville, John Simmers is running unopposed for mayor. Running to fill three city council positions are Randy Deevers, Doug Greenlee, Dot Maudlin and Wendell Terrell.
In Eldon, Sean Coulter and Shirley A. Stacey are running for mayor. Craig Brown, Kaye Cranston, Linda Durflinger, Missy Streeby, Laura Thompson, Jerry L. Potts and Reed Vass are vying to fill five city council spots.
In addition, Eldon will also be voting on Public Measure "B" to change the terms of city council members to staggered, four-year terms to be effective for the November 2015 elections for terms beginning in January 2016. The city council will consist of five council members elected at large by the entire electorate for four-year terms of office. At the first regular city election in November 2015, after the terms of council members are changed to four years, the terms of office beginning January 2016 will be staggered by which the majority of the elected council members who receive the highest number of votes are elected for four-year terms, and the remainder are elected for two-year terms.