Just 2 candidates file for November 3 City Election

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mallory seeks re-election; Murphy files for Mayor

Mick Mallory

From all indications, voter apathy has turned into candidate apathy regarding the upcoming Nov. 3 Cherokee Municipal Elections, with just two candidates filing the necessary nomination papers for three vacancies at City Hall by deadline Thursday afternoon.

Current Council-At-Large member Mick Mallory has filed for re-election, and political newcomer Mark Murphy has filed papers for Mayor.

No one filed the necessary papers for the Ward II Council member position being vacated by Bob Leach, who is not seeking re-election. Ward II encompasses the area south of Main Street in Cherokee.

Mark Murphy

Current Mayor Pam Pierce also is not seeking re-election, with Murphy the lone candidate filing for that position.

All terms are for four years. The three remaining Council seats are filled by Jim Peck, Greg Stieneke, and Linda Burkhart. Their positions are up for election in 2011.

With no nominees for vacant positions, the City would have to rely on write-in votes, explained City Clerk Deb Taylor. If write-in candidates refuse to assume the post, someone would be have to be appointed and accept to fill out the term.

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