Mayor’s seat, at-large council seat up for grabs

The mayor’s seat and at least one at-large council seat will be open in the Marshalltown City Election this fall.

Mayor Tommy Thompson and two-term Council Member Bob Wenner will not be seeking re-election. Both terms expire Dec. 31.

“My duties will be done,” Thompson said.

Thompson was appointed interim mayor in September, after the death of Mayor Gene Beach. He was one of four candidates on the mayoral ballot last fall, and easily captured more than 60 percent of the votes. Thompson previously served as mayor from 1992 to 1997.

Fourth Ward Council Member Al Hoop said he has taken out papers to run for mayor, however, he’s still considering it. His main objective, he said, is to ensure Marshalltown has a quality mayor.

Wenner said his goal was to be a two-term council member, and that after serving eight years he still enjoys it.

“I’m having a lot of fun, but I won’t be seeking re-election,” he said.

Meanwhile, longtime 1st Ward Council Member Bob Schubert said he will be running for re-election. Schubert has served on the council since 1991. He cited the exploration of new police and fire stations as his primary interest in seeking re-election.

“I do enjoy working for the people,” Schubert said.

Third Ward Council Member Marla Grabenbauer said she has not decided whether she’ll run for re-election. Bethany Wirin, at-large council member, will also see her term expire this year. She was unavailable for comment Friday.

Candidate filing begins Aug. 26 and concludes Sept. 19. Those interested in more information may contact Marshalltown City Clerk Shari Coughenour at 641-754-5701.

Marshall County Auditor Dawn Williams said city elections generally have lower turnout, but that’s dependent on the mood of the community.

“If there is a mayor’s race that usually drums up some extra voters,” Williams said.

The city election is Nov. 5.