Solon mayor, council to be elected Nov. 4
IOWA CITY– Solon will be electing a mayor and council member this November.
Three Johnson County cities– North Liberty, Oxford and Solon– will have special elections for city offices on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
According to the Johnson County Auditor’s office, Iowa law says that city council appointments last until the next scheduled city election. Because the local option sales tax (LOST) referendum will appear on the general election ballot, the general election is now considered the next scheduled city election.
The Johnson County Attorney and the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office concur in this opinion, according to the auditor’s office.
Recent changes in state law will, in the future, postpone similar elections to the next regularly scheduled city election, in November of odd years. However, all of the Johnson County vacancies occurred before the new law took effect on July 1.
The recent vacancy on the Iowa City School Board will not appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. The general election is not considered a school election, and under state law, school elections may not be combined with any other elections.
The recent vacancy on the University Heights city council will not appear on the ballot because of the city’s provision for primary elections.
The following offices will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot:
Mayor (1 year term)
Council (3 year term)
Vacancies due to resignations of mayor Cami Rasmussen, who was hired as City Administrator after that position was vacated by former administrator Cassandra Lippincott, and council member Steve Stange (appointed as mayor to fill Rasmussen’s seat).
The filing deadline for interested candidates in all cities is Aug. 27. North Liberty offices require 25 signatures on a candidate’s petition. Oxford and Solon each require 10 signatures. City candidates will file with the city clerk in each municipality, not with the auditor’s office.