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No contested races in Columbia City this year


Harrison will seek election to full term; Young draws no challengers

Cheryl Young.Just two candidates qualified to run for City Council in Columbia City this year — the same as the number of seats that are open.

Council Member Nell Harrison, who was sworn in May 1 after being appointed to fill out the unexpired term of Casey Wheeler after his resignation, is running for election to a full term. First-time candidate Gordon Thistle is also seeking a seat on the council.

Larry Preston, appointed this April to replace Shannon Fitzgibbons on the City Council, pulled papers but did not end up turning in the requisite 20 signatures from registered voters in Columbia City to qualify him for the ballot. He will be termed out at the end of this year.

Thistle is a retired salesman and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Asked what he thinks he can bring to the City Council of Columbia City, Thistle said, “Just a whole lifetime of experience in working and getting things done. I mean, it’s a great place to live, and I just want to keep it that way.”

Thistle said he has lived in Columbia City since late 2009.

Harrison serves on city committees for municipal parks and auditing. She did not return a call requesting comment.

Columbia City’s longtime mayor, Cheryl Young, is also up for election this year. She is seeking an eighth term in office. No other candidates filed to run for mayor.

The mayor and city council members in Columbia City serve staggered four-year terms. The seats currently occupied by Council Members Sally Ann Marson and Josh Fromm will be up in the 2016 elections.

Young was first elected mayor in 1986. She has been on the City Council since 1982, when she won election as a write-in candidate.