Florence residents have bevy of candidates for town council

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 7/21/20

Four seats on the Florence Town Council are up for grabs, with plenty of candidates for residents to choose from.

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Florence residents have bevy of candidates for town council

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Four seats on the Florence Town Council are up for grabs, with plenty of candidates for residents to choose from.

Mayor Tara Walter is running for re-election, as is Councilwoman Kristen Larsen. However, Bill Hawkins died in March while still a coucilman, and Councilwoman Karen Wall is not re-running. That means two or three new council members could take office.

Gary Pranzo and Kyle A. Larsen are running against Ms. Walter in the mayoral race.

Throwing their names in the hat for a council member spot are:

  • John K. Johnston
  • Johnie F. Mendoza
  • Gary Mittendorf
  • Arthur Neal
  • Jeff Reel
  • Bill Tanner
  • Vallarie Woolridge

Florence holds Council elections in the fall of even-numbered years. Other elections may be called on an as needed basis, according to the town website.

The Town Council is a seven-member non-partisan body elected to serve at-large, representing all citizens. The Mayor and Council serve four-year terms and there are no term limits.

Only registered voters living within Town limits are eligible to vote in local elections.

Click here to watch a recent Mayoral Candidate Forum or see below.

Politcal committee reports are available online.

More information on Florence’s elections is available on the town website.

Independent Newsmedia has reached out to candidates on their goals for running. Keep an eye out for submissions as candidates respond.

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