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Ball first to file in city race

By Corene Brisendine

The first candidate in next year’s city commission race formally filed a declaration of candidacy Monday.

John Ball, who filed those papers, is a recent appointee to the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board with a military background. A veteran of 29 years who retired as a colonel,  Ball has been working for the past four years as a civilian employee on post.

When the USD 383 Board of Education sought applicants to fill a vacancy on its school board, Ball was among those who applied for the seat that was eventually awarded to Beth Tatarko.

Ball said he decided to run for election based on the fiscal management of the city budget.

While he said the current commission has made positive steps to balance the budget, he would like to see that same fiscally conservative approach continue.

Three seats — those of Mayor Loren Pepperd as well as commissioner Richard Jankovich and Jim Sherow — will be up for grabs in April. The terms of commissioners John Matta and Wynn Butler continue through 2015. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will receive four-year terms. The candidate with the third highest number of votes will be elected to a two-year term.

Sherow said Tuesday he plans to make an announcement concerning his plans Tuesday evening. Pepperd and Jankovich were not available for comment on their plans.

Also to be decided in April will be three seats on the USD 383 Board of Education. The terms of Tatarko, Pete Paukstelis and Walt Pesaresi are due to expire next year.

Potential candidates for either race have until noon on Jan. 22 to file.

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