Council election applications open
News · August 30, 2013

Four seats are up for re-election on the West Branch City Council: one for mayor and three for council members.

The election is Nov. 5.

The mayor's seat is up for a full, four-year term. Mark Worrell is finishing the unexpired term of Don Kessler, who died unexpectedly in February.

Filing began Monday and Worrell has filed to run for mayor.

Two council seats, currently held by Jim Oaks and Mary Beth Stevenson, are up for four-year terms. Oaks is seeking re-election; Stevenson, who was appointed to fill the seat of Dan O'Neil, also has filed to run. O'Neil left in April; Stevenson was appointed in May.

One council seat, currently filled by Dick Stoolman, is on the ballot for an unexpired, two-year term. Stoolman was appointed in April to replace Worrell after Worrell was appointed mayor in March.

Nomination papers are available at City Hall, the Cedar County Auditor's Office or from the Iowa Secretary of State. The papers can also be found online at

Each person wishing to run must collect at least 10 signatures from eligible West Branch residents.

Papers must be turned in to the City Clerk by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

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