Five declare for second-ward seat

Election is Feb. 27

Five second ward residents have filed required Affidavit of Candidacy and Nomination Petition with the Marshall County Auditor/Recorder/Commissioner of Elections for the vacant second ward seat.

F. Leigh Bauder, Jay Carollo, Gabe Isom, Brittany O’Shea, and Bob Untiedt met the 5 p.m Friday deadline set by Marshall County Auditor/Recorder Nan Benson.

They were required to hand deliver the state-required forms to Benson’s office in the Marshall County Courthouse since electronic filing was prohibited.

The five will face-off in a winner take-all, Feb. 27, special election unless errors are found in one of the candidate’s Affidavit of Candidacy or Nomination Petition.

The latter required 25 signatures from eligible second ward voters.

The seat was vacated Jan. 2, when then second-ward councilor Joel Greer was sworn-in as Marshalltown mayor, a position voters awarded him in the Nov. 7, 2017 election.

Greer had completed two years of his second four-year term.

It was expected Bauder, Carollo, O’Shea and Untiedt would file for placement on the ballot, since they had either declared at a city council meeting or in interviews with the Times-Republican their intentions.

All were unsuccessful in efforts to secure an appointment to the city council in a public interview session Jan. 5 with the city council.

It was the council’s interest then one of the four might garner three “yes” votes to earn the seat appointment to be discussed and voted on at at the regular Jan. 8 council meeting.

However, none hit the three-vote benchmark.

Consequently, the city passed a resolution at its regular Jan. 22 meeting calling for a special election.

Upon receipt of the resolution, Benson set Feb. 27 as election date.

“Basically, that is the earliest date we could (have the election) so that we’re not delaying it at all,” she said. “We’re going to do a full day: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.”

Unofficial results will be released after polls close the evening of Feb. 27.

The official results will be released after the Marshall County Board of Supervisors canvass March 5.

For more information on voting requirements and voter deadlines, contact the Auditor/Recorder/Commissioner of Elections at 641-754-6302, or visit co.marshall.ia.us under Elections banner.

The special election has been estimated to cost the city $6,000.

Isom, who works at Emerson Process Management, is the newcomer in the race, turned in his paperwork this week.

The T-R will feature interviews with each of the candidates in the near future.

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Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com