Election 2018: Mitchell Lone Candidate to Pull Nomination Petition Thus Far

 04/01/2018 - 12:50

Nomination petitions are available at Saline City Hall for prospective candidates.

In November, voters will elect the mayor and three members of Saline City Council.

Petitions must be signed by at least 50 citizens living in the city. Candidates must have been a resident of the city since at least Aug. 7, 2016 and must be a qualified, registered elector. City council members are paid $2,626 a year. The mayor is paid $4,532. The filing deadline -- 4 p.m., Aug. 7 -- is months away.

So far, the only person who has pulled a nominating petition is Christen Mitchell, who is running for re-election. First elected to council in 2016, Mitchell is the only incumbent who has announced her election intentions.

Mayor Brian Marl previously said he will announce his intentions at a later date. The two other city council candidates, Janet Dillon and Dean Girbach, have not yet announced their intentions. Girbach in February told the Saline Post that he’d be on the ballot – leaving open the possibility that he could challenge the Mayor.

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In 2017,  incumbents Jack Ceo, McCelland and TerHaar were not challenged.

In 2016, the Mayor was unchallenged. Dillon and Girbach were joined by first time candidates Mitchell and Mike Gudith.

In 2015,  Ceo, McClelland and TerHaar were the winners. Former finance director and citty councillor and mayor candidate Bourgoin finished fourth.

In 2014, Mayor Marl defeated Bourgoin with 63,4 percent of the vote - in the largest landslide in Saline mayoral history. That year, Dillon, Girbach and David Rhoads won on council. Sal Randzo was fourth. Walter Shwayder was on the ballot, but had pulled himself from the race.

In 2013, Jim Roth, Terri Sibo-Koening and Linda TerHaar were three candidates for three seats.

In 2012, Marl defeated Glenn Law with 60 percent of the vote to replace Gretchen Driskell as Mayor. Bourgoin, Rhoads and Girbach were unchallenged for the three council seats.

You have to go back to 2011 to find the last close city council election. Roth, Jim Peters and TerHaar were elected. John Heller, former Saline Police dispatcher, came within 53 votes of tying TerHaar for the last spot on the ballot. That year, incumbent Glenn Law appeared on the ballot even though he announced his resignation from council to take a teaching job in northern Michigan. Law received 386 votes anyway.