Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 28 March 2007 01:11Only 10 of the 42 races across Marion County have more candidates on the ballot than available openings as the April 3 local election approaches.
Among the 12 cities in the county, Marion has the only contested mayoral race. It features incumbent Martin Tice and challenger Mary Olson.
Hillsboro is one of five cities that has a contested race for a city council seat. Shane Marler will be challenging incumbent Matt Hiebert for a chance to represent East Ward residents.
In the West Ward, Robert Watson is running unopposed for the seat currently held by Leonard Coryea, who did not file. Delores Dalke is running unopposed for her 13th term as mayor.
Meanwhile, Florence has two contested council seats, Burns has five candidates for three seats, Goessel has four candidates for three seats and Ramona has seven candidates for five seats.
At the other extreme, voters in neither Lost Springs nor Lehigh will have any names on the ballot for the five council positions and a mayoral seat open in both communities.
Meanwhile, in school-board elections, the Peabody-Burns district (USD 398) has two contested races and Centre (USD 397) has one.
Races for Hillsboro (USD 410), Marion-Florence (USD 408) and Goessel (USD 411) school-board positions are uncontested.
Following is a rundown of the candidates who will appear on ballots across the county.
City of Burns
- Council (three seats): Brent D. Baker, Daniel S. Huls II; Patricia A. Nystrom; Susan A. Savage; Judith A. Steward
City of Durham
- Mayor: Glennon Crowther
- Council (five seats): Steven B. Miller; Verlin Sommerfeld; Michael Sorensen; Gary D. Unruh
City of Florence
- Mayor: Gregory A. Winn
- Council (Ward 1): Dorothy A. Cleverley, Daniel D. Ludwig
- Council (Ward 2): Gary Nesser, Trayce E. Warner
City of Hillsboro
- Mayor: Delores Dalke
- Council (West/1st): Robert Watson
- Council (East/2nd): Matthew O. Hiebert, Shane Marler
City of Goessel
- Council (three seats): Duane D. Duerksen, Anton H. Epp, Ricky Freeman, James W. Wiens
City of Lehigh
- Mayor: None
- Council (five seats): None
City of Lincolnville
- Council (three seats): Dawn Kaiser, Sherri Pankratz
City of Lost Springs
- Council (five seats): None
City of Marion
- Mayor: Mary Olson, Martin Tice
City of Peabody
- Mayor: Edmond N. Slocombe
- Council (three seats): Mitch Cunningham, Larry K. Larsen, Stephen Rose
City of Ramona
- Mayor: Pat Wick
- Council (five seats): Nathan Bailey, Jayme Linn Brunner, Jeanette Goza, Angel Harold, Edith “Connie” Smith, Arthur E. Stroda, Kathy A. Werth
City of Tampa
- Mayor: James Clemmer
- Council (two seats): Willis Herbel, Timothy J. Svoboda
USD 397, Centre
- Position 1: Jesse E. Brunner
- Position 2: Mark Heiser
- Position 3: Terry Dienes
- Position 7: Kevin Hill, Steven G. Jirak
USD 398, Peabody-Burns
- Position 1: Bruce Burke, Peggy Phillips
- Position 2: Brian McDowell
- Position 3: Gary Jones
- Position 7: Gilbert Loewen, Anthony Zappone
USD 408, Marion-Florence
- Position 1: Christopher Sprowls
- Position 2: Kathy Meierhoff
- Position 3: Ronald Kirkpatrick Jr.
- Position 7: Sarah Cope
USD 410, Hillsboro-Durham-Lehigh
- Position 1: Debra Geis
- Position 2: Dale W. Klassen
- Position 3: Mark Rooker
- Position 7: Rod Koons
USD 411, Goessel
- Position 1: Darla Meysing
- Position 2: Maynard Knepp
- Position 3: Dan Miller
- Position 7: Mary Rosfeld