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The passing on Tuesday of the deadline for filing petitions of candidacy for the November 8 general election left just one contested race to be determined in Decatur, but presented voters with a nearly full slate of candidates in Berne.
Voters in Decatur will have only one seat to fill. Incumbent Barb Engle, a Democrat, will be challenged by Republican Cameron Collier for the at-large seat on Decatur City Council.
Thus, Mayor John Schultz, Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright, and council members Charlie Cook, Bill Crone, Matt Dyer and Ken Meyer are all assured of new terms.
Heading into the November general election, contested races are now assured for all five Berne City Council seats as well as the position of Berne mayor.
With incumbent Democrat Mayor John Minch opting not to seek re-election, Republican Bill McKean and Democrat Ray Gill will square off for the mayor's seat.
Incumbent District 1 city councilman Curtis Wurster, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Matt Rupp. Republican Gregg Sprunger will be opposed in his bid to retain the District 2 council seat by Democrat Kim Kelsey, who filed Tuesday.
In the District 3 council race, newcomer Rod Mosser, a Democrat, will be pitted again incumbent Republican Mark Wynn. Incumbent Democrat Ron Dull will square off against Republican David Burson for the District 4 seat, and incumbent at-large councilman Mike Poulson, a Democrat, will be challenged by Republican Philip Provost for that seat.
Clerk-treasurer Gwen Maller is the lone elected official in Berne to run unopposed this fall.