School board president Sally Saddler is a shoe-in for re-election. Saddler is the only candidate for two school board seats.
Randy Wanamaker is also unopposed for the District Two Assembly seat.
The filing period for municipal office has closed with few candidates. Both the school board and three Assembly seats are for three-year terms. Only two of the four races in the October 4th election are contested.
Three candidates are running for the Areawide Assembly seat: Loren Jones, Geny Del Rosario, and Carlton Smith.
Bradley Fluetsch and Jesse Kiehl will vie for the District One Assembly seat.
Wanamaker served on the Assembly for three terms ending in 2010, also representing District Two. Under city law, a candidate must sit out just one year before running again for municipal office.
With only one candidate for two school board seats, the board will have to appoint someone to fill the other seat. State law requires the board make the appointment within 30 days of the vacancy, which would be the October 4th election. The person selected will serve until next year’s regular election.
City Clerk Laurie Sica says it’s unusual to have so few school board candidates. A search of election records since the year 2000 shows at least one candidate running for each vacant seat.
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