Perry’s office of mayor and three of the five city council seats are up for grabs in this year’s regular city election, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Although the bulk of power in Perry’s city government is on the line in the election, voters will see only three names on the ballot for the four seats. Three incumbents, Mayor Jay Pattee, third-ward City Councilperson Barb Wolling and at-large city councilperson Chuck Schott, are seeking voter approval to continue in office.
The fourth seat belongs to first-ward City Councilperson Phil Stone. He is standing down and not seeking reelection, having served the city for 10 years on the council.
Stone, a 40-year veteran of Ogden High School, where he taught U.S. government and history, is looking to relocate to Maple Grove., Minn., with his wife, Cathy Stone, who taught French for 25 years at Perry High School.
“Losing Phil and Cathy will be a big blow to Perry’s civic and social life,” said Pattee. “They have both made tremendous contributions over the years of their time and energies.”
Tuesday’s ballot will list no candidates for Stone’s first-ward seat, but Dean Berkland of Perry recently announced he is seeking the office on a write-in campaign after missing the deadline to file nomination papers with the Dallas County Election Commissioner.
Schott gave Berkland a ringing endorsement at the Oct. 19 city council meeting, where Berkland informed the council of his intention to run a write-in campaign.
First-term Perry City Councilperson John Andorf encouraged Perry voters to follow the local issues and engage in city decisions.
“The issues are the ones that have come up at council meetings,” Andorf said, “including infrastructure like sewers and roads, promoting residential housing development and downtown development, maintaining city services and encouraging citizen input and involvement.”
The McCreary Community Building, 1800 Pattee St., is the single voting location in Perry for the city election, and the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Voters can also cast ballots at the Dallas County Auditor’s office, 910 Court St. in Adel.