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Government and Politics

Primary Election Candidates

Yesterday at noon was the filing deadline for candidates wishing to run for their party’s nomination in the 2015┬álocal primary elections. I’ve collected a list of the candidates based on media coverage, and where possible I’ve linked to their campaign websites or other online presence:


City Clerk

  • Karen Chasteen

City Council

District 1:

  • Doug Goss

District 2:

  • Kelley Cruse-Nicholson

District 3

  • Denise Bullock
  • Bruce Wissel

District 4

District 5:

  • Jeffrey Locke
  • Don Winget

District 6:


According to the election schedule, any of these candidates can still withdraw from the race by noon on Monday the 9th. Primary election day is Tuesday, May 5th, 2015.

More commentary is coming later, and I’ll try to keep this list updated as I can; if you notice any errors or omissions, please let me know.


  1. Monica Burns

    Thanks Chris. Too bad your name isn’t somewhere on that list.

  2. Nick Wilson

    Thanks i always enjoy your writings.

  3. As I look through this list and each candidate’s associated online information and social media presence, I wonder if, other people feel that a candidate’s digital profile holds a great deal of weight in their opinion of a candidate’s fitness for public office. I think social media and an internet presence is vitally important. I see some good websites and others that are essentially virtual flyers. Any candidate that fails to take the time to make at least a minimal effort, registering a relevant domain name and putting up at least a static page has little to no chance of getting my vote. Also a Facebook page just doesn’t cut it.

    • Jason: I agree that having some kind of easily located Internet presence is critical, even if the candidate is in an uncontested race.

      I also agree FB isn’t a good answer to this, but I don’t think the specific platform or service a candidate chooses is as important as whether they take the time to make a detailed, well-reasoned case to voters about the issues and questions facing the community. I hope people demand more than flag waving and fancy images.

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