After five terms, Councilman Halepaska not running for re-election

City council member Tom Halepaska has announced he will not seek a sixth term as Councilman for Super District Six.

Halepaska, who also serves as Mayor Pro Tem, has been on city council for over 15 years. Halepaska says he’s chosen not to run for re-election due to his age as well as a need for fresh ideas in city government. He adds he’s announcing his decision now to allow any future candidates enough time to prepare for the may 4th election for his seat.

“If they ever had an interest in doing some civic duty for their town, [then] they might be interested in running for this office. The more people we have that take an interest in city government, the better city government we will have.”

Halepaska’s term will end in mid-May. The councilman had a number of accomplishments during his time as councilman, including his personal favorite: convincing the then-city council to sell the Riverside poumphouse to it’s current owners instead of having the pump house demolished.

Anyone interested in succeeding Halepaska on city council must submit a ballot application to the City Secretary’s office by February 15th.