Schuyler will have a new mayor at the end of 2018.
Jon Knutson, councilman in the Third District, has thrown his hat in the ring to become the next mayor of Schuyler, with David Reinecke opting not to seek another term. Knutson filed Dec. 4.
"This is my 20th year," Reinecke said, when asked about his decision. "I have enjoyed being mayor, but it's time for someone else. Because of me being mayor, I have had the pleasure of getting to know a lot more people much better than I would have otherwise. Jon Knutson will be an excellent mayor."
So far, Knutson does not have a challenger heading into the primary campaign season. The primary election is May 15. The general election is November 6.
Incumbents were required to file by Feb. 15, whether they were seeking re-election or seeking a new office. The deadline for non-incumbents to file is March 1.
Republican Marvin L. Svoboda has filed as a new candidate for the county surveyor job. Svoboda filed Jan. 26.
County Attorney Denise Kracl, Democrat, will seek re-election, as will County Sheriff Paul Kruse, a Republican. Other elected county officials who filed for re-election are County Clerk Rita Mundil, Republican; District Court Clerk Mary Kay Bailey, Republican; County Treasurer Janis Kasik, Democrat; County Assessor Viola Bender, Democrat.
Second District County Commissioner Gil Wigington filed on the Republican ticket.
City and school races
The races for school boards and city government position are non-partisan. If filings fall short of the number required for a runoff, races will not be included on the ballot and will proceed to the general election. For example, if a board had three seats open, there would need to be seven candidates filed in order for the race to be placed on the primary ballot.
Three Schuyler City Council incumbents filed for re-election: Alden Kment, First District; Antonio Rodriguez, Second District, and Daryl Holmberg, Third District.
The Clarkson City Council has two open seats, and so far Gary Ullery, and Diane Uher are unchallenged.
Two Schuyler Community School board incumbents who filed are Holly Hild and Brian Vavricek.
Clarkson School District #58 has one incumbent board member running for re-election, Robert Brabec. Howells/Dodge school board has one incumbent running for 2018, Jason Kreikemeier. Two seats are up for re-election in Leigh Public Schools with Ryan Hoffman, Julie McMullin and Jason Mullenhoff filing as incumbents.