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Write-in campaigns to dominate Marshalltown's city council election

October 7, 2011
By TAMMY R. LAWSON - Staff Writer (tlawson@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

With the Marshalltown City Council having three vacancies on the Nov. 8 ballot, at least four residents have thrown their hats into the ring to be a write-in candidate.

Timothy Bradbury, Leon Lamer and Dean Stucky are in contention for the At Large position, and Joel Greer is campaigning to represent the 2nd Ward.

Timothy Bradbury - At Large

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As voters head to the polls this Nov. 8 election, Marshalltown will have four write-in candidates up for consideration toward a seat on the city council.

Employed at JBS, Timothy Bradbury is vice president of UFCW Local 1149 and a school bus driver for the Marshalltown Community School District.

In addition, he has volunteered for various civic and leadership projects including the Marshalltown Jaycees, the Emergency Care Foster Parents Program, Iowa River Hospice and little league baseball.

Bradbury campaigned during last year's special election for the At Large position.

Leon Lamer - At Large

Leon Lamer was appointed by the city council to an At Large vacancy and served from Aug. 2 through Dec. 28 of 2010.

Prior to holding the seat, he was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission March 2009, and currently serves as a member.

Lamer was CEO and general manager of Marshalltown Water Works for 28 years, having retired in 2008, and is a former international director for Iowa's American Water Works Association.

He has also served as chairman of the Senior Citizens Center, member of the Area Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Marshall Economic Development Impact Committee and past president of the Rotary Club.

Dean Stucky - At Large

Owner of Stucky's Vacuum Store, Dean Stucky has lived in Marshalltown more than 15 years.

He was elected to the Marshalltown Community School District Board in 2008, serving a one-year term.

Stucky was also a member of the Imagine 2011 Committee.

He campaigned for a seat on the city council to represent the 2nd Ward in 2007.

Joel Greer - 2nd Ward

Attorney Joel Greer has been with the law firm Cartwright Druker & Ryden since 1986.

He is past president of the University of Iowa Alumni Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Board of Governors and the American Cancer Society Iowa Division.

Other involvements include serving on the boards of the American Red Cross Iowa Rivers Chapter, Iowa River Hospice, the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation, Community Foundation of Marshall County, the Marshalltown Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and Quakerdale Board of Trustees.

Voters are being advised to know who they are voting for, and for which seat, prior to hitting the polls.

Cinderella Mayer will still appear on the ballot for the 2nd Ward, although she announced her withdrawal from the race Sept. 29. Mayer failed to meet the requirement of withdrawing more than the state-mandated 42 days prior to the election. If she is still voted in, however, she would then have the option to resign, enabling the council to appoint a successor.

This leaves incumbent Al Hoop, who is running unopposed and the only declared candidate actively campaigning in the 4th Ward.

With the At Large seat uncontested and the winner being determined solely by write-in vote, Marshall County Auditor Dawn Williams said voters need to plan ahead to ensure they are voting for their favorite candidate.

Williams said to know which race your candidate is running for prior to heading to the polls. On election day, the precinct workers are not allowed to advise you about spelling or which race to write-in a name.

To vote for a person who is not listed on the ballot, write the name on the line provided and darken the oval. Your vote cannot be counted if you do not do both of these things, she said.

In addition, make sure you write a candidate name in the correct office section because some precincts will have more than one office on the ballot, she said.

"The best way to make sure that your vote is recorded accurately is to know your candidate's name and which office they're running for," Williams said. "Then, make sure you record it in that office section."

 
 

 

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