The candidates for the next city primary and election for Mayor and three city council seats have been determined after the period to file closed on Feb. 6. The primary election will be held on April 7 and the general election will be on June 2.
Only two candidates filed for the position of Mayor, including current City of Ely Mayor Melody Van Camp and Don Purinton, owner of Ely Central Theater. Purinton has been vocal about his displeasure with the job the Mayor and the current city council have been doing. He was one of three people that spearheaded the recall attempt for the entire city council and Mayor. As for why he decided to try and join a council that he tried to recall, Purinton said that he would like to reinstate the City Treasurer position and take on different projects than what the city is currently pursuing.
“I don’t like the way the city council and the Mayor have been spending the city’s money,” Purinton said. “They should be spending that money on repairs and fixing up the city.”
Due to there only being two candidates in the race, there will be no primary for the four-year position.
Current City Councilman Marty Westland will square off against Kurt Carson and Dorothy Sundell for his seat on the council. Sundell said that she decided to run for office because she feels like the council hasn’t done enough to address the state of city roads.
“It’s all well and good that they have been beautifying the city by putting up murals and planters and benches but you look around at the streets in this town and wonder ‘Where are the priorities?’” Sundell said.