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September 19, 2013

Deadline approaches for election

CAMANCHE — Time is running out for Camanche City Council nominations and newcomers will have to face off against a few council veterans this election.

There are currently three City Council seats that are up for grabs, and candidates will have until 5 p.m. today for an opportunity for a seat at the table.

Incumbents Gary Kampe and Greg Nelson are taking their chances on securing those seats for another two years.

“I just think we are doing some good here and I’d like to keep going with it,” Nelson said.

Along with Nelson, Kampe also has filled out his nomination papers, but he still is not sure if he will follow through with running for a seat on the council for another term.

His hesitation comes from his interest in wanting to see other candidates, before making his final decision.

“The only reason I’m re-running at the time is there was no one else to compete. What I’m going to do is talk to the two young guys and see what their interest is,” Kampe said. “This town could always use young blood. So, I just want to make sure that they’re going to turn their papers in before I decide to pull mine.”

Those new guys Kampe referred to include, Mike McManus, Charlie Blount and Marvin Lind, who have already turned their papers in, and another candidate that took nomination papers out, but has yet to make his candidacy official.

Councilwoman Linda Kramer, whose council seat is also opening up this year, is taking a page from Kampe’s book and waiting to see who joins the nomination group before making her final decision to run.

Although she has taken the nomination papers out, she is taking a step back to wait and see what other candidates join the race, but is reserved about why she is waiting.

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