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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 12:00 am

Without any write-in challenges, the Ralston City Council primary election should return three incumbents to their seats and add a new member, running an unchallenged race, to the six-member body.

Michael Sanchez, 30, will be the new face on the council, representing Ward V, a seat held by Rich Onken for 12 years. Onken decided earlier this year not to run again.

Sanchez runs his family's business, Maria's Mexican Restaurant in downtown Ralston, and is also the chairman of the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce this year.

He also serves on the city's strategic planning committee, which is envisioning a re-branding and a renewed approach to Ralston's future.

This is Sanchez's first run for public office.

He'll be joined in the election by Lee Fideline of Ward II, Craig Alberhasky of Ward III and Jerry Krause of Ward IV.

Fideline was appointed to replace Mike Gillespie in June 2013 after Gillespie moved from Ralston. As such, Fideline is required to submit to election at the next cycle. Should Fideline continue to serve, he would face an election again in 2016, when the Ward II seat is regularly scheduled to appear on the ballot.

Alberhasky is running for his fourth term on the council. Krause is running for his seventh term.

On the Ralston Public Schools Board of Education slate, incumbents Dee Huff and Deb Gerch will appear on the ballot. Gerch is facing her first election after being appointed to the board in 2012 after former Board Member Keith Hanson moved out of the school district.

Huff is vying for her second four-year term on the board.

Rick Kollar, a two-term member of the board, announced he would not be seeking a third term, leaving an empty spot on the ballot which was not filled by the election filing deadline.

Tresha Rodgers has since filed to run as a write-in candidate for the third seat on the ballot. Her name will not appear on the ballot, but can be written in on a provided blank, which must be accompanied by a filled-in oval.

All candidates in city and school district races will advance to the November general election.

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