No Candidates for Rushford City Council. Now What?

November 07, 2017 07:17 PM

(ABC 6 News)--Voters in Rushford, Minnesota are doing more than filling in an oval on their ballots during Election Day.

With a population of nearly 1,800 people, not a single person was on the ballot for Rushford City Council.


"Two bucks to file, come on who has that, you know? Isn't that the first reaction?" said Mayor Chris Hallum.

It hardly ever happens," said Luther Myhro who’s been an election judge for more than 30 years. Myhro said there have been write-ins in previous years when there have already been people registered to be on the council or as mayor.

“This is maybe the first that I recall in all of my years," said Myhro.

The only name on the ballot is Mayor Hallum who's been the Mayor since 2010 and is running unopposed, just as he has the last two times he was re-elected.

"I'm personally disappointed because in the last eight years not a single person who I’ve asked to run for council has run for council. Not one," said Hallum.

Voter’s said it was weird having to write-in for council members.

"Who do you vote for because if you don't… I mean I could write Lupy's name in, but if Lupy hasn't agreed to run, I mean we could write you in," said Burton Svendsen, an election judge while pointing at a KAAL reporter.

As for this year’s city council race, two people who get the most write-in votes would be elected, but they can turn the position down.

"I do think it leads to indifference. I've talked to a few people in the last couple of days, 'oh is there an election this year?' Yes, there's an election this year, it's very important. Who's on your council is very important," Hallum said.

So what do these community members think their chances are of winning?

"Slim to none," said Svendsen.

"At my age, I’m sure I would not get a write-in. At 93 I’m not ready for that," laughed Myhro.

If the people who win don't want to be a council member, the city would appoint someone to fill the positions. If that doesn’t work, they would take applications.


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