GRAETTINGER The resignation of a city council member in Graettinger in April of this year will result in a special election in July to fill the vacancy. An appointment to fill the vacancy by the council in May resulted in a petition drive calling for a special election to fill the seat instead.
The special election, set for July 8, came about after council member Scott Reisenbigler, who was elected to the council in November of 2013, resigned his council seat in April, citing his decision to move from the community back to Arizona. After accepting Reisenbigler's resignation, community residents were invited to submit letters of interest to the council if they were interested in filling the vacancy by appointment until the next scheduled municipal election in November of 2015.
After receiving several letters of interest, the council voted to appoint former Mayor Kevin Hanson to fill the vacancy in early May, in accordance with Chapter 45 of the Code of Iowa. However, provisions in the Code allow for a special election if petitions with 15 percent of the eligible electors that voted in the last election request a special election through a petition. According to the Palo Alto County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections office, 276 voters cast ballots in the Novemeber 2013 election. The petitions contained the required number of signatures to prompt the special election.
Nomination papers for the council vacancy are currently available at the Graettinger City Hall. Nomination papers must contain at least 10 signatures of eligible electors of the City of Graettinger in order to appear on the ballot. The deadline to file nomination papers with the City Clerk's Office in Graettinger will be noon Friday, June 13.
For more information on the special council election or nomination process, contact Graettinger City Hall at 712-859-3742 or the Palo Alto County Auditor's Office at 712-852-2924.