Still no candidates for city council, mayor 2013.05.08

Written by David Green.

One thing seems certain—the make-up of Morenci's city council will have a new look come November.

Three council seats and the mayor position all expire with the November general election, and with only seven days remaining until the deadline for filing petitions, not one candidate has emerged.

Councilors Greg Braun and Robert Jennings are not seeking another term and Tracy Schell is undecided. In addition, mayor Keith Pennington will not seek another term.

Pennington and Schell have both applied to serve as the next city administrator/clerk when Renée Schroeder retires at the end of the year. The two were selected as finalists in the initial search after the position was advertised in the Morenci and Adrian newspapers. Since then, the position was listed with the Michigan Municipal League and several more applications came in.

Schell said if a new administrator isn’t chosen before the filing deadline, she won’t seek another term in office.

CHARTER—Mayor Pennington spoke at the April council meeting about updating the City Charter. A nine-person charter commission is required to consider changes, followed by a vote of the people.

As of May 7, the only petition submitted came from Ron Apger.

The deadline for candidates for both city council and the charter commission is Tuesday, May 14.

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