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Voters in Fort Dodge will elect a mayor and six of seven city council members this year.
Nomination petitions are accepted at the municipal clerk’s office. Three incumbents – Mayor Matt Bemrich and council members Kim Alstott and Lydia Schuur – have already announced their candidacies for re-election.
The general election will take place on November 2.
A primary election, if necessary, will take place on October 5. But a primary election will only take place for races in which there are more than two candidates. The first two voters in a primary election would go on to the general election.
General council seats on the ballot this year are held by Schuur and city councilor Jeff Halter.
The four council seats elected in the city districts will be filled in this election. These seats are occupied by Terry Moehnke (Ward 1), Andy Fritz (Ward 2), Dave Flattery (Ward 3) and Alstott (Ward 4).
Only one seat on the council, the general seat held by city councilor Neven Conrad, is not on the ballot this year.
To vote, candidates must file nomination petitions and affidavits of nomination at the City Clerk’s Office in the City Building, 819 First Ave. S. Petitions must be signed by a specified number of people based on the number of people who voted. for this position in the last general election.
Here is the minimum number of signatures required for each office:
• Mayor: 62
• General Council: 55
• Council Quarter 1:10
• Council Quarter 2:10
• Council Quarter 3:17
• Council Quarter 4:16
Ward 1 includes western Fort Dodge, part of downtown and Pleasant Valley.
Ward 2 is the southern part of the city.
Ward 3 is the northeastern part of the city.
Ward 4 is the north central part of the city.
All application documents must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 26.