Local cities seeking candidates for vacant seats


Updated Aug. 27, 9:33 a.m. 

ARENAC COUNTY — Residents in Standish and Omer interested in running for city council still have time to file as a write-in candidate, as both cities are looking at open seats in November.

Standish’s Clerk-Treasurer Peggy Burtch said the city has a vacancy in a Ward 1 seat, while in Omer, Clerk Sue Oliver said the seat vacated by Jill Eyre is still sitting open. The cities stagger their council seats, so not all seats will be on the ballot Nov. 5.

If no one runs for either seat, the rest of the respective councils will be responsible for appointing someone to fill it until the next election, the August 2014 primary.

Burtch said in Standish, the mayor seat and one council seat from each ward will be up for grabs, and currently incumbents Mayor Mark Winslow and Ward 2 Councilwoman Tosha Tunney have filed to run, as well as a write-in candidate for Ward 3, Ray Koroleski. Councilman Jerry Nelson has been term-limited out of office, and cannot run again.

In Omer, Oliver said the clerk, treasurer and three council seats will be open, including the vacant seat. She said all the incumbents have filed for their positions already, but no one has come forward to be appointed to the vacancy, nor has anyone filed to run for it.

“The seat would still stay open until we find someone,” Oliver said. “So unless someone runs as write-in (it will stay open), or if they come in and are interested, they can be appointed until the election at which point they can run as a write-in.”

The Omer City Council seats are open to anybody who is 18 years old and lives in the city, Oliver said. Standish’s seats are open to registered voters who reside in the specific ward they reside in, so a Ward 1 resident would only be eligible to run for the Ward 1 seat, Burtch said.

The deadline to file as a write-in is Oct. 25.


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