(Updated) City elections set for Nov. 5th in Cass County


September 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(adds additional election information for Anita, Cumberland, Lewis and Massena)

The stage is set for the November 5th City Elections in Cass County. The deadline to file nomination papers was Thursday. As reported earlier this (Friday) morning, in Atlantic, two current members of the City Council won’t seek re-election this fall. Shawn Shouse, in Ward 5, and At Large Councilman Steve Livengood, did not file their nomination papers for re-election.

Two persons have filed nomination papers for those respective seats on the Council, however. Lori Stuart has filed to run for the 5th Ward seat, and Bob Cord has filed for the At Large position. As previously mentioned, Mayor Dave Jones and 2nd Ward Councilperson Kathy Somers, have filed their papers for re-election on November 5th. Charlene Beane is the lone candidate running for the Parks and Recreation Board, leaving a second seat open to a write-in candidate.

In Anita, there are three seat open on the City Council. The candidates include Mark Harris and Incumbent Dennis L. Zimmerman. In Cumberland, Nancy Virginia Coughlin is running unopposed for Mayor. And, running for the three open seats on the City Council, is incumbent Gary Cooper and Douglas C. Neiner, who was appointed. In Lewis, incumbents Matt Klein and Marilyn Mundorf are running for re-election to fill the two seats on the Council. In Massena, Linda Reineke (who was appointed as Mayor), is running unopposed. Four people are running for 2 seats on the Council in Massena, including Jackson R. Bissell, Kevin McCunn, incumbent Robert McKnight, and Doug Venteicher.

In Griswold, where there are two seats open on the City Council, Incumbent Jared Wyman has filed for re-election, along with Barry Moore. In Marne, Mayor Randy Baxter will be unopposed in his bid for re-election, but there is a six-way race for five seats on the City Council. Four incumbents: Alan Cranston, Randy Henningsen, Lanny Kite and Angela Redler, have filed for re-election. Two others are challenging the incumbents, including Lori Holste and Randy L. Fischer.

And in Wiota, Mayor J. Ford Lillard is unopposed for his re-election bid, while four people are running for two seats on the City Council. They include incumbents Kathryn Havens and Deanna Spry, along with Jeff Lillard and Lamar K. Spies.