CHEBOYGAN — On the ballot in November, residents of the City of Cheboygan will be voting on a total of four open positions on the Cheboygan City Council, and for a new mayor for the city.
"The City of Cheboygan will have three full-term council seats open, that would be a four-year term, expiring November 2024, one partial-term council seat is open, with a term to expire November 2022, and one full-term mayoral seat, which is a two-year term, set to expire November 2022," said Cheboygan City Clerk and Treasurer Bridget Brown.
Brown said, at this time, she is not sure whether there will be any incumbents who will be running to fill the open positions, such as councilwomen Diane Raab and Ashley Ptasnik, or councilman Vaughn Temple. She has also not received any letters of interest from anyone interested in filling the positions, or any nominating petitions for the positions.
Current Cheboygan Mayor Mark Bronson and Mayor Pro Tem Nick Couture have both reached term limits on the number of times they can serve in their positions, so they are no longer able to run for positions on the Cheboygan City Council.
"No council member can serve more than three consecutive terms, whether they are full or partial," said Brown.
The city council seats will be placed on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, for the city residents to determine who they want to represent them and make decisions for the city.
"As of now, the State of Michigan has not amended these dates, but there is a possibility that it could be changed," said Brown. "The nominating petitions and affidavit of identity are due by July 21, 2020 at 4 p.m."
These items need to be returned to Brown by that date and time in order for someone to be considered to be a candidate on the ballot.
"Candidates must be electors of the City of Cheboygan and cannot be in default to the city," said Brown.
If anyone has any questions, or further information on what they would need to formally run for city council positions, they can call city hall and talk to Brown.
Brown said you can do a write-in also, and then your declaration for a write-in would be due by October, so there is a second chance after that July deadline, but it's better to have your actual name on the ballot.
Raab was elected to the city council after beating incumbent candidate Michael O'Brien for the seat by just over 30 votes in November of 2019. O'Brien had been appointed to fill the position vacated by Nate King, after King resigned from council.
Ptasnik was appointed to fill the rest of the term on the city council that had been held by Councilwoman Betty Kwiatkowski, who resigned from council in February of this year.
Former Cheboygan City Clerk and Treasurer Ken Kwiatkowski had expressed interest in filling the city council position that Ptasnik had been appointed to fill. He had also stated when interviewed for the position that he may be interested in running for election in November for one of the open seats on council.