City election season starts
August 20, 2009 · Jake Krob
Two current local city leaders whose seats are up for election this fall say they don't plan to seek re-election.
Mount Vernon City Council member Jim Moore told the Sun he won't be on the ballot in November. In Lisbon, current council member Stephanie Kamberling says she doesn't plan to run. The other three local council members whose terms are up this election plan to seek another term. They are Randy Roberts and John Bardlsey in Lisbon and Jerry Niederhauser in Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon Mayor Paul Tuerler is also seeking another term.
The filing period to be on the Nov. 3 ballot begins this coming Monday, with a deadline of Sept. 17. Filing papers can be picked up at Lisbon or Mount Vernon city halls. In Lisbon, 10 signatures from eligible city voters are needed to be on the ballot; 25 signatures are needed in Mount Vernon.
Kamberling is finishing her first term on the Lisbon council. She said she doesn't plan to run because she wants to have more time for her children. A son is a freshman at Lisbon, and a daughter is an eighth-grader. Both are involved in extracurriculars, with events on Monday nights, when the council has meetings.
Moore is finishing his first full four-year term on the Mount Vernon City Council; he served two years prior to being elected, after being appointed to a vacated seat in 2004.
Niederhauser, a Realtor with Mount Vernon's Lee's Town & Country Coldwell Banker, holds the other Mount Vernon seat up for election this fall. He earned the seat in October 2006 after a special election to fill a seat vacated by a council member.
Also on the ballot in Mount Vernon will be the mayoral seat, held by Tuerler. He's held the position since being elected four years ago. He won the seat while serving on the city council, which he had done since 1998. Tuerler has been a Mount Vernon resident since 1994 and has worked for Rockwell Collins for nine years.
In addition to Kamberling's seat on the Lisbon council, others up this election are held by Roberts and Bardsley. Both will seek re-election. Roberts, a retired electrical engineer who's lived in Lisbon for about 25 years, will be seeking his third term on the Lisbon council. Bardsley is a retired business owner who's lived in Lisbon for 34 years. He's in his ninth year on the city council.
Seats not up for election this fall in Lisbon are held by mayor Rex Cook and council members Lance Zerbe and Doug Kamberling.
Council seats not up for election in Mount Vernon are held by Diane Hoffmann, Scott Peterson and Neil Rud.