Washington Evening Journal
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The deadline to qualify for the Nov. 2 municipal elections has come and gone, and there will be two contested races for the Fairfield City Council.
In August, Fourth Ward council member Michael Halley announced he will not seek a fourth term on the council.
With that opening, two candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for the seat.
Elizabeth Estey and John Loin will vie for the seat, which includes downtown Fairfield.
In the city’s Second Ward, which covers northern Fairfield, incumbent Paul Gandy is facing a challenge from Brad Fregger.
There will be two uncontested races in Fairfield as well.
At-large council member Douglas Flournoy is seeking reelection unopposed, as is Mayor Connie Boyer.
Fairfield council terms are four years, while the mayor’s term is two years.
For the Fairfield school board, three seats are up for grabs in November, and only one incumbent is seeking reelection.
The seats currently held by board members Kelly Scott, Frank Broz and Debi Plum are all on the November ballot.
Scott is seeking reelection to his seat, while Broz and Plum are not running again.
Seven other candidates are seeking seats on the board: Kelly Thompson, Alex Kessel, Mark Porter, Paige Novak, Tai Ward, Wade Stremsterfer and Cody Bauer.
The top three vote-getters in the election will win the seats.
The city of Lockridge has the only contested mayoral race in the county.
Incumbent Paul Corbin is seeking reelection and is facing challenger Susan J. Hopper.
For the City Council, six candidates are vying for three seats.
Incumbent Michael D. Renken is seeking reelection. Other candidates are Tony Jones, Brian W. Buckhannon, Joe Nelson, Samuel Jackson LeSuer and Randy L. Russell.
The top three vote-getters will win the seats.
In a separate race to fill a vacant council seat, incumbent council member Don Hopper is facing Richard Richardson.
In Batavia, there are four candidates seeking two City Council seats.
Incumbents Lynda Yochum and David Speas are seeking reelection. Deal E. Keasling II and Frank Smith are also seeking council seats.
Mayor Tom Drish is running unopposed for reelection.
Maharishi Vedic City Mayor Rogers Badgett is another mayor seeking reelection unopposed.
For City Council, six candidates are vying for five seats in a race where the top five vote-getters win.
The ballot includes five incumbents — Steven Boss, Robert Chris Johnson, Kara Anastasio, Stellavera S. Kilcher and Leslee Goldstein — and challenger Marty Hulsebos.
Libertyville has more open seats than candidates.
No one filed to run for mayor, and incumbent city council member Tom Atwood is the only candidate running for the two open council seats.