No incumbents file to retain current positions in Spring Valley

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DAVID PHILLIPS
Bluff Country Newspaper Group

No incumbents will be on the ballot this fall for city offices as one incumbent decided to run for another office and the other two incumbents declined to file for re-election.

Incumbent Mayor Jim Struzyk, who has held office for more than two decades, did not file for re-election this year. Instead Tony Archer, who is a council member now, was the only candidate to file for mayor.

Archer’s term on the council along with the term of Todd Jones expires at the end of 2018. Archer won’t be on the ballot for council since he filed for mayor and Jones didn’t file for re-election, so the city will have two new members after the election in November. Thomas J. Brunson, Chris Danielson, John Dols and Luan R. Reusink filed for the two City Council positions open. Voters will get to vote for two of the four candidates to fill the open seats.

Filing closed at the end of the day Tuesday, June 5. Since no more than two candidates filed for each open position, no primary election for city offices will be held. However, there will be a primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 14, for Fillmore County auditor-treasurer as well as some state races.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. The council terms are for four years while the mayoral term is two years.

Kingsland School Board seats will also be on the ballot, but filing for those positions doesn’t open until Tuesday, July 31, since the school district doesn’t participate in the primary election. Candidates for all other cities in Fillmore County will also file July 31 to Aug. 14 as Spring Valley is the only city to hold a primary election.