Two Pacific council seats open in election

Leanne Guier - Reporter photo
Leanne Guier
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Reporter staff

Candidates for two of the Pacific City Council seats up for grabs will square off in Tuesday's primary.

On the ballot in the council position No. 4 race - the seat formerly held by newly appointed Mayor Leanne Guier – are Guier, Dave Stookey and Vic Kave.

Guier registered for reelection before her appointment to the mayor job and was unable to withdraw her name from the council race. A vote for or against her in the primary will have no affect on her position as mayor. If she is one of the top-two vote-getters, however, that would knock out either Stookey or Kave, and place Guier's name on the general election ballot.

If Guier wins the general election, she has the choice of either resigning as mayor and assuming the council position or not taking the oath of office and declining to serve on the council. In that case, the City Council would appoint someone to the No. 4 seat.

In the position No. 5 race, Gary Nitschke, Stacy D. Jackson, Sr. and Stacy May Knudtson will vie for Councilmember James McMahan's soon-to-be vacant seat, with the top-two moving on to the Nov. 5 general election.

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