Houck posts intent to seek relection, has not filed paperwork
Tracy Houck posted on social media over the weekend that she intends to seek re-election for City Commission.
As of Monday afternoon, she had not filed the paperwork at the county election office.
Houck has not yet responded to The Electric’s question regarding when she’ll file.
In her Facebook post, she wrote, “I am honored to serve our community and hope to do so for another four years. I would appreciate your vote. If you have questions, ideas, or concerns – I welcome your conversation.”
Filing for the city races opened in April and so far, few have filed.
Two commission seats and the mayor’s seat are up for grabs this year.
Once Houck files, she’ll join Mayor Bob Kelly in seeking reelection.
Commissioner Bill Bronson told The Electric in March that he would not seek reelection,
Kelly has filed, as has Judge Steve Bolstad, who is seeking another term as municipal judge.
The filing deadline is June 17.
All 45 seats on the city’s nine neighborhood councils are also on the ballot this year.
If needed, a primary election will be Sept. 10 and the general election is Nov. 5.
To trigger a primary, there would need to be three or more mayoral candidates and five or more commission candidates.
A primary would cost the city an estimated $45,000, according to the county elections office.
As of December, there are 36,339 active and inactive voters on the rolls for city elections. Of those, 30,952 are active and of those 25,097 are absentee, according to the elections office.
The city election will be a mail-only ballot.
If there’s a primary, ballots would be mailed in late August.
So far, there’s been no public indication that commissioners intend to put any measures on this year’s ballot such as levies for Civic Center repairs or public safety.
More information about elections, including how to register, is available here.
The filing fee for mayor is $56.16 and for commission seats the fee is $37.44.
The commission salaries are set by city ordinance. Currently, it’s $312 per month for commissioners and $468 monthly for the mayor. The amounts have been the same since about 1988, according to the city clerk.