As Election Day 2014 nears, Chatfield area voters have to
choose between mostly incumbents on the ballot for city and school
offices. Those running for school board, city council and mayor are also
Current Chatfield mayor, Russell Smith, is running uncontested,
as are current city council members Paul Novotny and Mike Urban.
Recently, issues the council has been dealing with include the 2014
street project, strategic and comprehensive planning and the advent of
Destination Medical Center (DMC).
Three school board seats will be filled this coming Tuesday,
with Matthew McMahon being the only incumbent on the ticket – longtime
members Kathy Schellhammer and Tom Sturgis chose not to file again.
Scott Backer and Lanny Isensee will run to fill the vacated seats.
Presently, the school board is dealing with strategic planning as well,
enrollment and budgeting changes and the transition to using technology
in the classroom.
Down the road in Fountain, the city council ballot includes
only incumbents, as the mayor and council are running unopposed. Richard
Kujath will be watching the election numbers to retain his mayoral
seat, and James Schott and Bryan Ostby hope to return to their places on
the council. Fountain’s council has been busy handling repairs and
maintenance issues for its relatively new wastewater treatment plant,
which has posed problems for which very few solutions have been found.
Results of the elections will be canvassed within 10 days, as legally required.