No fewer than seven Winterset residents are throwing their hats in the ring to vie for two Winterset at-large city council seats in November. Two of those are incumbents Howard Harrell and Mike Fletcher.
It is likely among the larger fields of candidates for any Winterset City Council seat in years.
On top of that, there will be a three-way race for the lone North Ward council seat (Winterset 1) since Deb Kaldenberg is not seeking re-election.
Additionally, one person has filed papers to run for Winterset mayor, replacing long-time mayor Jim Olson, who opted not to run for a city seat but is running for a Winterset School Board position.
At-large Winterset City Council member Phil Macumber is seeking the Winterset mayor’s seat. He still has time remaining on his council seat position, and once he is sworn in as mayor, the City Council will choose someone to fill out Macumber’s unexpired council term.
The seven seeking an at-large council seat include Brent Day, Chris Fairholm, Joanna Madison-Gustafson, Scott Lemon, Ian Cline and incumbent councilmen Howard Harrell and Mike Fletcher.
The three seeking the North Ward (Winterset 1) council seat include Melissa Rhoads, former city council person Mary Ann Orr and Dave Braga.
Seven-way race for school board
There also is a seven-way race for three Winterset School Board vacancies.
Board members James Baur and Kelly Cain opted not to seek re-election to another term. Incumbent school board member Brenda Clifton did file papers to seek another term.
Others seeking terms on the five-member school board include Julie Knobloch, Kevin Hensley, Wade Banning, James Geoghegan, Jim Olson and Kirk Macumber.
The city and school board elections are combined beginning this year, as Iowa lawmakers changed the timing of school board elections to save election expenses.