Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bellevue election pits new vs. old

City Council race is a referendum on council decisions

Express Staff Writer

Bellevue voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to pick three of five candidates for City Council. The election could provide a show of confidence for the council now in office or a desire to turn back the clock.

Incumbents Dave Hattula and Janet Duffy will run against council veterans Shaun Mahoney and Tammy Schofield Eaton. Newcomer Amber Avila is also running for office.

The three candidates who get the most votes will take seats on the council in January.

Mahoney and Eaton—both business owners—are hoping to return to public office, campaigning largely on the idea that the current council does not listen to residents' concerns when it comes to big issues facing the city, such as changes in law enforcement contracts and the bond initiatives.

Hattula and Duffy say they are proud of the council's record of cutting expenses and restoring staff hours.

All of the candidates are eager to boost the local economy, increase volunteerism and go about tackling issues such as infrastructure costs.

Registered voters can go to the ballot box on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Bellevue Elementary School, 305 N. Fifth St., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tony Evans:

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