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May 17, 2013

City Dems back mayor, council candidates


If more than one candidate submits the required number of signatures, a primary will be held on Sept. 10 to determine who will run on that line in the general election in November.

Carpenter said he was considering not running in a primary, at this point.

Gittens said he was surprised that Carpenter did not get the endorsement.

“Tim is a good councilor and has done a good job, but that happens sometimes,” he said.


All six council seats as well as mayor are up for election this November.

Mayor Donald Kasprzak and four of the six councilors are not running for re-election. James Calnon (I-Ward 4), Chris Case (D-Ward 5) and Chris Jackson (D-Ward 6) have opted not to run, and George Rabideau (R-Ward 3) cannot run due to term limits.

Councilor Mark Tiffer of Ward 2 announced last month that he was considering running for mayor. The Democrats endorsed him for that post Tuesday, potentially leaving his council seat up for grabs.

Others endorsed by the party to run include former Councilor Michael Kelly in Ward 2, attorney Justin Meyer in Ward 3, Paul O’Connell in Ward 4, Becky Kaspar in Ward 5 and Joshua Kretser in Ward 6.

Gittens said he believes the party has a good field of candidates.

“Nobody wants taxes to go up, and keeping taxes down is up to the mayor and the council, and I don’t think anybody (candidates) would go crazy and raise taxes a lot,” he said.

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