It’s a race with familiar faces

Linda Trest
Staff Writer

Candidate filing for the April 2 Municipal Election closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. As the deadline loomed, Brad Landwehr and Hillary Ward both signed up to run for mayor.

Mayor Cary Parker had filed his intention to run again on Jan. 14. According to City Clerk Jane Hungler Parker withdrew his candidacy on Thursday, Jan. 17. 

Landwehr and Ward faced each other in the mayoral race in April 2016. Landwehr and Matthew Van Buskirk had filed as candidates. Ward ran a write-in campaign and garnered 159 votes to Landwehr’s 89 and Van Buskirk’s nine. 

All other incumbents have filed for reelection and only one of them drew a challenger. 

On Jan. 15, Angie Koepke also filed her intent to run against Ward 1 Alderman Steve Grgurich who filed opening day. 

Ward 1 Alderman Ruth Haase was recently appointed to fill a vacated seat and will be running for the unexpired one year term. Ward 2 Alderman Kent Richardson also filed. 

This means Haase and Richardson should retain their seats, as will Ward 2 Alderman Ed Adams who still has another year in his term. 

 Voters will make their selections in the Tuesday, April 2, Municipal Elections.