A special election will determine who will represent Ward I on the Bellevue City Council.
The election will be held Oct. 15 when voters will choose among four candidates to replace former council member Scott Houghtaling, who resigned his seat March 31.
The four candidates are:
• Republican Steve Carmichael, formerly the City of Bellevue’s chief building inspector;
• Republican Dave Compton, a member of the Bellevue Planning Commission;
• Democrat Steve Dawes, an information services technician with the Omaha Police Department; and
• Libertarian Michael Knebel, a field representative with the Woodmen of the World insurance company.
The Bellevue Leader will sponsor a candidate forum Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Volunteer Firefighters Hall, 2108 Franklin St. All four candidates have indicated they will participate in the event, which is free and open to the public.
Voting in the special election will be held at polling sites throughout the ward, which includes much of the southeastern quadrant of the city.
Residents who are not already registered to vote must do so by Oct. 15. Registrations can be completed during regular business hours at the Sarpy County Election Office, 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, in Papillion.
Registrations will no longer be accepted at the office after 6 p.m. Oct. 4. They can also be done through mail or at the Sarpy County Department of Motor Vehicles through Sept. 27. More information and a registration form can be found at sarpy.com/election.
Early voting begins Sept. 30 and continues through the Friday before election day, Oct. 11, because of the Columbus Day holiday. The Sarpy County Election Office will be closed Oct. 14 in recognition of the federal holiday.
Ballots may be submitted at the election office from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. during early voting.
Absentee ballots must be delivered to the election office by 8 p.m. election day. To receive an absentee ballot in the mail, voters must make a request by 4 p.m. Oct. 9.
Ballots may requested in person through 4:45 p.m. Oct. 11, and voters may authorize an agent to pick up a ballot for them as late as 7 p.m. election day, though that ballot must be returned by 8 p.m.