COUNCIL BLUFFS — It’s official: There will be a contested race for mayor of Council Bluffs.
At least two people — current City Councilman Matt Walsh and former Iowa Rep. Brent Siegrist — have filed the necessary papers in the City Clerk’s Office to run in the Nov. 5 city election for the city’s top post.
The filing deadline for others interested in running is 5 p.m. Thursday, and completed nomination petitions must be filed in person at the City Clerk’s office on the main floor of City Hall.
Siegrist, a former speaker of the Iowa House, filed his mayoral nomination papers at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Walsh filed his nomination papers for mayor on Aug. 15.
Should someone else file nomination papers, a primary will be held on Oct. 8 to reduce the number of candidates for mayor to two.
The winner of the Nov. 5 election will become the first person other than Tom Hanafan to sit in the mayor’s chair in over a quarter of a century, following his election in November 1987.