By Seth Schmidt
City of Tracy voters will elect a new mayor and decide two terms on the city council next week.
Two candidates are on the mayoral ballot in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election, city councilman Tony Peterson and planning commission member Anthony Dimmers. The winner will succeed Mayor Pam Cooreman, who chose not to file for office. Elected to the council for a four-year term that began in January of 2014, Cooreman was appointed mayor in January of 2018. The mayoral vacancy occurred when Steve Ferrazzano resigned as mayor in order to accept an appointment to the district court bench. Cooreman plans to move to Lake Shetek, and will no longer be eligible to serve on the council.
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A four-year term and a two-year council term are also on the city ballot.
Council member Jeri Schons is running unopposed for a four-year term.
Kou Thao, another council incumbent, is running against David Spencer for a two-year term.
Both Thao and Schons were appointed to the council this past year.
Thao was appointed in January to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Bill Chukuske last November. Next week’s vote will determine who serves the remaining two years in the term Chukuske was elected to. Spencer has also filed for the two-year term.
Schons was appointed in February to fill the council vacancy created when then-Councilman Cooreman was appointed as mayor.
Profiles on each of the candidates are inside this week’s newspaper.