Ballot set for Evart municipal election

EVART — Voters in Evart will have some choices to make in the upcoming municipal election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Important choices.

The decisions made in local elections often have a greater immediate impact on the lives of people living in any given community than do the “big” elections held state and nationwide.

The people placed at local council tables make decisions that affect residents in many ways — from sewer and water rates, to snow plowing and the mowing of lawns in parks and public places.

In the upcoming election in Evart, petitions are filed and the ballot is largely determined for the municipal voting to be held in the Community Room at The Depot on Nov. 8.

Some of the races are not contested. In others, there will be new faces placed at the city’s table of deliberation.

Incumbent Mayor Eric Schmidt is running uncontested for reelection. This will be his third term of office.

In a contested race for the job of city clerk, incumbent Ann Pattee has filed for a re-election bid and Cynthia Eastman has filed her petition in hopes of being seated at the clerk’s desk.

Filing to fill a two-year partial term at the council table is lone candidate Ralph Carlson.

Hoping for one of the two council seats open for four-year postings are four candidates — Virginia Staats, Dan Elliott, Casey Keysor, and Greg Sherman.

The top two vote getters will both serve for four-year terms of office.

In the parlance of TV reality shows, the only council member who is “safe” this time around is Charles Walter.

There is still time for write-in candidates to file petitions.

City officials are hoping registered voters will turn out to have a hand in seating the next municipal government although there are as yet no money issues on the ballot which traditionally increase the number of voters visiting the polls.

As clerk, Pattee hopes registered voters understand that voting is part of their civic responsibility.

“It really is a civic duty to take part in local government, both running for office and then taking part in the voting,” she pointed out.

“I urge people to get out and vote.

“Voting in local elections is an important part of living in our community.”