Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion will have at least one opponent in the Nov. 5 municipal election.
On Wednesday, Melanie Wells filed nomination papers for mayor after taking them out online. Wells has been involved in efforts to save the old Unitarian Church, which now is known as the Temple to World Peace. She also tried to save the old Keokuk Middle School before it was torn down and the land was sold.
Dustin Masterson took out papers on Wednesday for the 1st Ward council seat currently held by Mike O’Connor. O’Connor filed the necessary paperwork on Aug. 26.
Incumbent council member Ron Payne is the only candidate so far for the 3rd Ward seat. Payne filed nomination papers on Aug. 29.
Incumbent council member Sandy Pollitt has filed papers for the 5th Ward seat. Brian Joy took out papers for the same seat on Sept. 4, but he has not turned them into the city clerk.
Longtime council member Susan Dunek took out nomination papers on Sept. 6, but has not yet returned them. Dunek also serves as mayor pro tem in the mayor’s absence.
There could be a race for incumbent council member Zane Zirkel’s at large seat. Christopher Dailey, who is involved with the Temple to World Peace, returned papers on Sept. 4. Former council member Dan Winn has taken out papers but hasn’t filed them yet. Zirkel is not seeking re-election.
Council members serve four-year terms. The mayoral term is two years.
The deadline to file the necessary paperwork with the city clerk is Thursday, Sept. 26.