The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 8, 2013

Camanche to fill vacant seat in election Tuesday

By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Writer

CAMANCHE — The city will hold a special election to fill the vacant City Council seat on Tuesday.

Trevor Willis and Charlie Blount are vying for the position that has been vacant since Eric Hosette left the City Council in December.

The city will hold a special election for the vacant council seat at the Camanche School District Administration Building, 702 13th Ave. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Blount is running on a fiscally conservative platform. Two of his biggest goals to improve the community include terminating the city administrator and a 20 percent reduction of city employees.

“I have been looking at the economy of this community and taxes are a major concern for a lot of people today,” Blount said. “I hope this is something that I can use to pave the way for the people of Camanche.”

Willis brings four years of experience as a Camanche city councilman from 2006-2010. Having helped get many of the recent big projects on their way, Willis says he looks forward to assist in the completion.

“I would like to help the city make decisions for the future and continue to help the city move forward,” Willis said.

Camanche struggles with low voter turnout for regular elections, so the candidates are encouraging voters to get out and have their voice heard.

“I really encourage people to get out and voice their opinions on who they would like to see fill this seat,” Willis said.

Registered voters who will not be able to vote at their precinct on Feb. 12 may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at the Auditor’s office in the Clinton County Administration Building, 1900 N. Third St., Clinton. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. today.

The ballots will be mailed out within 24 hours of receipt of the request. Voters are responsible for returning ballots to the Auditor’s office before the polls close on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.

For more information about absentee voting, call the Auditor’s office at (563) 244-0568.