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Two more considering mayoral run

Alderwoman, former alderman take out petitions

MORRISON – Two more people have expressed interest in running for mayor.

In recent days, Alderwoman Marti Wood and former Alderman Bob Snodgrass have taken out petitions in advance of the April 9 mayoral election.

Wood, 62, elected to the City Council in 2011, has criticized the city’s spending on things such as the sports complex and a partially collapsed Main Street building.

Since joining the council, she has frequently questioned city decisions, especially historic district issues, and favored the ouster of City Administrator Jim Wise.

“We need to be more open with our residents, because no one likes to be blindsided, and it seems like that’s a continual happening,” she said.

Just this week, the city withdrew a proposal to list a number of properties as historic landmarks. In at least one case, a landowner said he hadn’t been consulted, which Wood said was yet another example of a resident being blindsided.

Wood took Snodgrass’ Ward 3 seat. Snodgrass, like the other incumbents in 2011, decided against running again.

In an interview, Snodgrass, 63, said he’s not sure whether he’ll run for mayor but he took out petitions because some people encouraged him to do so. He said he needed to have a full discussion with his wife and children on whether he should run.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said.

Others who previously took out petitions for mayor are Ward 2 Alderwoman Sarah Thorndike and David Jindrich, a resident who is protesting a proposal to build a new sewer plant at Waterworks Park next to his home and others.

They are vying to succeed Mayor Roger Drey, who announced he wouldn’t run for another term.

Candidates are also taking out petitions for council positions; four of the eight council seats are up in April.

Jim Britt, 84, is one of the more recent candidates to take out petitions. Britt, the husband of Whiteside County Board member Sue Britt, is running in Ward 1.

“If I’m elected, I’ll go and talk to the people in my ward,” he said. “I don’t play politics at all.”

No one has yet expressed interest in the Ward 4 seat with the unexpired term. Alderman Scott Connelly, who previously served, is filling that post through the election.

The seat was left vacant when Ron Kallemeyn, elected in 2011, recently moved to North Dakota.

Who's running

People who have taken out petitions for Morrison city offices in April's election:

Mayor

Sarah Thorndike

David Jindrich

City Council

Ward 1

David Zigler

Cheryl Bush

Jim Britt Sr.

Ward 2

Brian Zigler

Nancy Riggen

Ward 3

Curt Bender

Ward 4

Michael DeSpain

Ward 4 (2-year unexpired term)

(No candidate yet)

City Clerk

Melanie Schroeder

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