Six council seats up for election in FD

City elections will be held throughout Iowa today.

Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich will run unopposed for re-election.

In all, 10 candidates are running for the six open seats on the Fort Dodge City Council.

In Ward 1, Terry Moehnke faces incumbent Mark Taylor. Ward 1 includes western and northwestern Fort Dodge, Pleasant Valley and much of downtown.

In Ward 2, the southeastern portion of the city, Steven Clayton is running against incumbent Don Wilson.

In Ward 3, the northeastern part of the city, Richard Higgins is challenging incumbent David Flattery.

Incumbent Kim Alstott is running unopposed in Ward 4, the north central part of the city.

Two at-large seats will be open. At-large Councilman Andy Fritz will run for a second term, facing Jeffrey Halter and Greg Nolting.

At-large Councilman Robert “Barney” Patterson is not seeking another term.

Councilman Dean Hill, who holds an at-large seat, is the only council member whose term doesn’t expire this year.

The at-large council members and the mayor will serve four-year terms. The council members representing the wards serve two-year terms.

The mayor is paid $15,000 a year. Council members are paid $4,800 per year.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.