Bronson will not seek reelection for City Commission; Kelly will seek reelection as mayor
City Commissioner Bill Bronson will not be seeking reelection this year.
Bronson told The Electric that 2020 is the year he’s planned for some time to wind-down his full-time law practice and start retirement, which will be focusing on other projects.
“Winding down the law business and getting involved with some new projects will require much of my time and attention next year, so it’s time to transition away from the commission at the end of this year,” Bronson said in a Thursday night email to The Electric.
Two commission seats, held by Bronson and Tracy Houck, as well as the mayor’s seat are up for reelection this year.
Filing for those seats opens on April 18 and runs through June 17.
Mayor Bob Kelly confirmed to The Electric on Friday that he will be seeking reelection this year.
Houck has not yet responded to The Electric’s query on her plans for the seat.
The commission seats are 4-year seats. The mayor’s seat is a two-year term.
At the end of this year, Bronson will have completed 20 years of city service.
He served two years on the Local Government Study Commission in 1995-1996; six years on the Planning Advisory Board and City-County Planning from 2002-2007; and 12 years on the City Commission.
“I’ve enjoyed the work,” Bronson said in his email. “The best part has been getting to know many of the great people who work for the city. We are lucky to have so many talented and dedicated people, at all levels.”
Bronson notified other commissioners this week about his decision not to seek reelection.
The filing fee for mayor is $56.16 and for commission seats the fee is $37.44.
If needed, a primary election will be Sept. 10 and the general election is Nov. 5.
More information on the city positions and election process is available here.
The Electric will have continued coverage of the city election throughout the year.