Who is running for Lime Springs City Council?

This is a peculiar year for the City of Lime Springs in that there are not enough candidates on the Nov. 5 ballot to fill the mayor position or the third council position. There is no need to worry, though, since at least two residents have thrown their hat in the ring for a council position. Russ Theis and Scott Tienter have both admitted they are running as write-in candidates. They join Kevin Bill and Jim Miller, whose names will appear on the ballot. That still leaves a spot for mayor.

So what happens in the election? According to state code, the person with the highest number of votes wins. In the case of Lime Springs, the top three votes will win . . . unless the write-in winner does not want to accept the honor. Then it goes to the next highest and the next and so on.

The same goes for the mayor’s office. Whoever has the highest number of votes would be mayor if he or she agrees. If nobody agrees to take the office, the council can put an ad in the paper and then appoint someone. The public would have a chance to petition the decision. There are several steps that need to be taken, said county auditor Julie Chapman, which she said took place in Elma a few years ago.

It is hoped that someone who receives votes will step up to do their civic duty, but if not, the City of Lime Springs will continue to operate.

Look for Chester candidates next week.

---russRuss Theis

Candidate for Lime Springs Council (Write-In)

How many years on council? First term

Family: Tina Rahlf and children Madison, Kelly, Mason, Dylan and Penton

Job: Mobile repair technician. I have operated my two small businesses in Lime Springs for 15 years.

Education: Degree in Applied Science at Lincoln Tech with continuing education

Organizations you belong to: ASE (Automotive Society of Engineers), AMA (American Motorcycle Association)

Interests: Racing and riding motorcycles, snowmobiling and family activities such as camping and softball

Why are you running: I want to get some fresh blood and new ideas into city council and to become involved more in the community myself. I’d like to see what we can do to draw more businesses and families to town and make use of more current technology, as far as bringing in new businesses. I’d like to see upgrades.

--vet-tienterScott Tienter

Candidate for Lime Springs Council (Write-In)

How many years on council? First term

Family: Wife, Amy, and children, Tristen, Kolby, Kyleigh and Ethan

Job: Foreman at SMI and All-Wheel Vehicle Mechanic for Army Reserves

Education: Fillmore Central graduate

Organizations you belong to: —

Interests: Riding motorcycle, frisbee golfing, reading and working

Why are you running: I’d like to see how things operate and get more of a feel for what is going on.

Jim Miller

Candidate for Lime Springs Council

How many years on council? First term

Family: Children Jade, Colten and Kelly

Job: Howard County Secondary Roads

Education: Crestwood graduate

Organizations you belong to: AFSME, help with softball and football

Interests: Playing pool, golfing

Why are you running: To be honest I think everyone should take a turn. When I owned a business, I didn’t want to do it, and now that I don’t own a business, I thought it was time to give it a whirl.

Kevin Bill

Candidate for Lime Springs Council

How many years on council? Four years

Family: Wife, Melissa, and three boys

Job: Sales

Education: Two years at Calmar for JD ag tech

Organizations you belong to: —

Interests: I do a lot of hunting and a little fishing.

Why are you running: To help the community

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