MORRISON – The City Council will see at lot of turnover next year – for the second election in a row.
The mayor and four of the five City Council members whose seats are up for election are not seeking new terms.
Wednesday was the last day to file candidacies for the April 9 election.
Four candidates are running to succeed Mayor Roger Drey, 62, who announced months ago that he would not seek re-election after an 18-year career in city government.
Those vying to replace him are Ward 2 Alderwoman Sarah Thorndike, 58; Ward 3 Alderwoman Marti Wood, 62; retired General Electric executive Everett Pannier, 69; and David Jindrich, 57, a parole officer for the Iowa Department of Corrections.
On the council, Wood has criticized the city’s spending decisions, while Thorndike has been more supportive of the mayor’s administration. Jindrich, a member of the city planning and zoning commission, has questioned a proposal to put a city sewer plant next to his neighborhood.
Pannier was the most recent to announce his candidacy, saying he believed his background would provide him with the skills to lead Morrison.
Four council incumbents are not seeking re-election: Ward 1’s Guy Hayenga, 77; Ward 3’s Pat Zuidema, 73; Ward 4’s David Rose, and Thorndike, in Ward 2, who is running for mayor.
Four council seats, including Wood’s Ward 3 post, will be on the ballot in 2015. If she is elected mayor in April, a successor will be named to complete her council term.
Ward 4’s Alderman Scott Connelly, 40, is the only incumbent running. He was appointed to serve through the election after Ron Kallemeyn resigned in August. Connelly will serve the 2 years remaining in Kallemeyn’s term.
David Helms, 68, is running unopposed for the 4-year Ward 4 seat.
Helms, who worked in production control for 3M Co., said last week that Morrison is at the point where it needs to get things accomplished.
In Ward 1, the candidates are Dale Eizenga, 64, and Cheryl Bush, a member of the city’s planning and zoning commission.
In Ward 2, Harvey Zuidema, 73, and Nancy Riggen are running. Both regularly attend council meetings and question city expenditures. Zuidema analyzes the city’s budgets, while Riggen calls for a city hiring freeze and checks and balances in spending at the sports complex.
In Ward 3, Curt Bender and Vern Tervelt are running.
Tervelt, 69, a retired salesman, said he wants to see Morrison progress on a “positive basis.”
“I want to do away with some of the negative in the city,” he said. “Children leave town to go to other places. We need to bring some youth to the city.”
Bender is a member of the city’s planning and zoning commission.
Listed are the candidates who are running for Morrison city offices:
Mayor: Sarah Thorndike, Marti Wood, Everett Pannier, David Jindrich
Ward 1: Dale Eizenga, Cheryl Bush
Ward 2: Harvey Zuidema, Nancy Riggen
Ward 3: Curt Bender, Vern Tervelt
Ward 4: David Helms
Ward 4 (2-year unexpired term): Scott Connelly (i)
City Clerk: Melanie Schroeder (i)
i – incumbent