St. John mayor, Jill Stimatze and council member Amy Collins are two of the incumbents that are not seeking re-election this year with the passing of the official filing deadline at noon today.
The only filing for the St. John mayor position was Juliann Owens, St. John. Owens, originally from Porterville, Calif. Married a St. John native and moved here in 2006 or 2007. Owens currently works for USD 350 in the superintendent’s office.
St. John city council member seats currently held by Mark Bryant and Amy Collins were open for filing. Bryant along with Rodney Crissman, Bob Toot and Shari Williamson filed for those two seats.
In Stafford, appointed Mayor Dennis Bronson is running for the seat he filled when then Mayor Todd Taylor resigned to fill a new position at Stafford County Hospital. Joining Bronson in the race for mayor are Patrick Dick and current city council member Joe Byer.
Two positions are open for city council in Stafford with Brad Dickson, Dennis Dye, Tyler Hearn, Myra Morrison and Carolyn Williams running for those spots.
In Macksville, three seats are open on the city council with Mary Bates, Dauna Herman and Estela Isabel Ibarra filing for those positions.
School board elections
USD 350 has three positions up this term with Barb Alpers, Carl Behr and Vance Fisher with Alpers being the only incumbent seeking re-election.
Behr is the candidate filed for position five currently held by Carolyn Dunn. Fisher is the only candidate for position six, which is currently served by Merlyn Spare. Alpers currently holds position four.
In Stafford, USD 349 has three at-large positions open for the school board. Candidates filing for these seats are Gemma Austin, Jason Hildebrand, Nathanael Norman and Scott Pfortmiller.
USD 351 Macksville has three open seats. Position 4, Aaron Wolff, Pawnee Rock, position 5 Rick Hudson, Macksville, (incumbent,) and no filing for position 5 district 2.
The spring city/school board elections are April 2.
Watch for more on candidates in contested races online and in our print edition.