City elections begin
August 23, 2013 · Jake Krob
The city election season begins Monday, when the filing period opens to be on the November ballot. It's a mixed bag in Mount Vernon-Lisbon, where there are six total seats up for election this year - some are running, some are not, some are undecided.
The filing period runs until Sept. 19, with the election on Nov. 5. Paperwork can be picked up at city halls. In Mount Vernon, at least 25 signatures from eligible voters are needed to be on the ballot. In Lisbon, at least 10 signatures are needed.
In Mount Vernon, the mayor's seat and two seats on the five-member city council are up for election. The mayoral term is two years; council terms are four years.
Mayor Scott Peterson announced last week that he will seek another term. Born and raised in Mount Vernon, Peterson was the city attorney for 10 years. He served on the city council after that, for four years, and successfully ran for mayor in 2011. He works as the city attorney for North Liberty.
Marty Christensen and Slaton Anthony hold the city council seats up for election. Anthony, a seven-year resident of Mount Vernon who is finishing his first term, is not running again.
Christensen said he's still considering a decision. A resident of Mount Vernon since 1997, he served on the city council from 2004 to 2007. He chose to get back into city government with a successful run for council in 2009. Christensen works for ACT in Iowa City.
In Lisbon, three seats on the five-member city council are up for election this year. The four-year terms of Travis Jubeck, Larry McAtee and John Bardsley will be on the ballot.
Bardsley is seeking another term, McAtee is not and Jubeck is undecided.
McAtee said he's ready to take a break after four years of service. A resident of Lisbon since 1960, McAtee is a former school board member and he served on the city council in the 1980s. He decided to get back into city government in 2009, winning one of three seats up that year.
Bardsley is finishing up his 13th year on the city council. He's a 38-year resident of Lisbon who's a former local business owner. He's been actively involved in volunteerism for years, and is also currently the president of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Rotary Club.
Jubeck said he's still considering whether or not to run for another term. He's spent most of his life in Lisbon, and served on the planning and zoning commission, tree board and veterans' memorial board in the past. He made his first run for city council in 2009. Jubeck works at ACT in Iowa City.