As of Wednesday, August 27, 2014
POLK COUNTY — Deadlines to file paperwork to run for open city council and mayor posts in Dallas, Falls City, Independence and Monmouth are this week.
Falls City’s filing deadline was Monday and three candidates have filed for the open mayor’s post, now held by Amy Houghtaling.
Houghtaling is running for re-election, while challengers Terry Ungricht — a current city councilor — and Jim Partridge will vie for the seat as well.
Three candidates have filed to run for the three open council seats currently held by John Volkmann, Barbara Spencer and Lori Jean Sickles. Sickles is running for re-election, while Tony Meier and Jennifer Drill will be newcomers to the council.
The filing deadline for Dallas, Monmouth and Independence was Tuesday after press time.
In Independence, the mayor’s post, currently held John McArdle, and council seats held by Diana Lindskog, Marilyn Morton and Tom Takacs are up for election.
In Monmouth the mayor’s seat, held by John Oberst, and the three council seats held by Jon Carey, Cec Koontz and Marshall Guthrie are open.
In Dallas, the mayor’s seat, held by Brian Dalton, and four council seats — those held by Jim Fairchild, Jim Brown, Beth Jones and Jackie Lawson — are up for election this November.
See the Sept. 3 edition of the Itemizer-Observer to find out who will be running for the mayor’s seat and open council posts in those cities.