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Flurry of surprise bids for City Council
With an hour to go before the filing deadline, three new names had entered the fray for City Council seats, while one known candidate hopped from one race to another.
On Friday morning businessman Charlie Frame filed for the North Ward position, Qigong instructor Carol Ann Barrows filed for the Central Ward and environmental activist Kim Brackett for the South Ward.
Attorney John Waldo, who was running against retired business consultant Barry Peters for the At-Large council seat, leapt into the Central Ward race where he and Barrows will face political newcomer Lauren Ellis and incumbent Councilman Bill Knobloch.
The North and South ward races also got a bit more crowded with the late filings.
Frame will have to contend with law clerk Matt van Winkle and land use attorney Hilary Franz for the open North Ward seat.
Brackett must topple retired transportation manager Curt Winston and retired military officer Robert Dashiell, who announced their bids earlier this week, for the South Ward spot.
Peters is running unopposed for the At-Large council seat.