There are races shaping up in three of eight Cherokee County communities for the Nov. 5 City Elections, including Cherokee, Marcus, and Aurelia.
The others, including Meriden, Larrabee, and Washta, have full ballots that will be filled out by incumbents or new candidates seeking election.
Exceptions are in Quimby and Cleghorn, with two candidates seeking three At-Large Council posts in Quimby, and one incumbent seeking two Council At-Large seats in Cleghorn, so those Council vacancies must be filled by a write-in vote and acceptance by the write-in winners.
In Cherokee, incumbent Mayor Mark Murphy is running unopposed and candidate William Miller is seeling the Ward 2 City Council vacancy left when incumbent Dan Morrow did not seek re-election. At-Large Council incumbent Mick Mallory is being challenged by candidate Emily Johnson.
In Marcus, incumbent Mayor Darrell Downs is being challenged by candidate Thomas Willems, and three candidates are seeking the two At-Large Council vacancies, including Bruce Dreckman, and incumbents Conrad Ebert, and Harold Klassen.
In Aurelia, candidates Justin Schulenberg and Gene Suhr are seeking the vacant Mayor's position, and six candidates are seeking the three At-Large Council seats, including Dan Baker, Sue Johnson, Nate Overturf, Roman Redig, Blake Trapp, and Dennis Wieland.
In Cleghorn, incumbent At-Large Council member Todd Wetherell is unopposed.
In Larrabee, incumbent Mayor Dan James is unopposed, and three incumbents are seeking the three At-Large Council seats, including Earl Cresap, Nick Ludwig, and Dustin Richardson.
In Meriden, incumbent Mayor DJ Sechler is unopposed, and incumbent Allen Campbell, and candidates Lonnie Benson, and Roger Korleski are seeking the three At-Large Council posts.
In Quimby, incumbent Mayor Betty Woltman is unopposed, and incumbent Tracy Stevenson and candidate Don Fiser are seeking two of the three At-Large Council seats. A write-in vote and acceptance will determine who fills that remaining Council vacancy.
In Washta, incumbent Mayor Don Parrott is unopposed, and incumbent Don Eades, and candidates Michael Hanson, and Lawrence Patterson are seeking the three At-Large Council positions.
There are no Public Measures on the ballots.