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Wednesday, March 3, 2004


Five seek Bellevue
City Council seats

Express Staff Writer

Bellevue’s annual city government caucus, Thursday, Feb. 26, tallied five candidate nominations to run for City Council seats.

The five Bellevue residents slated for the city’s April 5 election signed declarations of candidacy at the special nominating caucus at Bellevue City Hall that was packed with attendees.

Three seats on the council are open for the five candidates. Incumbent Councilmen Jon Anderson and Jon Wilkes are running for second terms. Councilman Parke Mitchel is not running for re-election.

All three terms expire in May. Terms for the new council members will last for two years.

The five nominees who signed on as City Council candidates include:

  • Monte Brothwell, former mayor and councilman, nominated by Jeff Gunter.

  • Andrew Chittenden, current Planning and Zoning commissioner, nominated by Janet Barton.

  • Jon Wilkes, incumbent councilman, nominated by Teresa Bergin.

  • Joanna Ehrmantraut, former councilwoman, nominated by Tammy Schofield.

  • Jon Anderson, incumbent councilman, nominated by Tammy Schofield.

The nomination procedures Thursday were dictated by Bellevue’s governing charter. The city is the only charter city in Idaho.

The city’s charter dictates that the city election be held the first Monday in April. The polls on Monday, April 5, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Bellevue City Hall will be the only polling site during the election.

Bellevue does not have voting districts. The three council candidates with the most votes will gain seats and will assume their seats on May 12.

City Clerk Dee Barton said registered voters wanting to vote by absentee ballot can obtain the appropriate paperwork at Bellevue City Hall prior to election day.



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