The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 9, 2013

Two more seeking City Council seats

Klaes, Allesee in running for Clinton's Ward 1 seat

By Katie Dahlstrom
Assistant Editor

CLINTON — In the second week of the filing period, two more residents filed their nomination petitions for Clinton City Council.

Incumbent Councilwoman Maggie Klaes made her bid to be re-elected for a second term as the First Ward representative.

Klaes, 52, is a retired nurse and Clinton native. She is running for re-election because of the unresolved challenges facing the council.  

“There’s still things that need to happen before we get things under control,” Klaes said, referencing things such as the Emergency Medical Services billing lawsuit and other city business.   

Klaes will face off against current Ward 2 Councilwoman Julie Allesee. Because of redistricting, Allesee would have to run for an at-large or Ward 1 seat. She told the Clinton Herald last week she would pursue the latter, although she has yet to turn in her nominating petition.

The Ward 3 seat also is up this election. Realtor Ed O’Neill, who is no stranger to city of Clinton government, filed his nomination papers for that ward.  

O’Neill, 64, served as an at-large councilman from mid-2003 to early 2006, when he left his position early to take a job with the Clinton Regional Development Corp. He ran for mayor in 2011 and was defeated in a runoff by now Mayor Mark Vulich.

He feels a duty to run for City Council, the 22-year resident said.  

“With the current state of affairs with the city, I think its an obligation,” O’Neill said, also citing the lawsuits the city is engaged in and the city’s debt.  

It’s not clear if O’Neill will challenge an incumbent in the race. Current Ward 3 Councilwoman Bev Hermann has taken out nomination papers, but has not decided if she will seek re-election, she told the Herald.  

The other races have incumbents lined up to seek re-election. At-large Council members Jennifer Graf and Charlie Mulholland already filed their nomination papers to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.  

Clinton business owner Lynn McGraw, who is making her first attempt for public office, also filed, seeking the Ward 2 seat.

Clinton voters are likely to see more names on the ballots than those who have filed in the first two weeks, with some candidates already predicting run-off elections. A number of others have taken out nomination papers from the city clerk’s office and papers also can be obtained online.  

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Sept. 19 to submit their petitions.