Newton Mayor Mike Hansen will seek his first full term in office this fall after filing his nomination petitions today to run for the city's top elected post in the November election.
Hansen has served as Newton Mayor since late last year when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Chaz Allen, who stepped down after taking the executive director position with Jasper County Economic Development Corporation.
Though relatively new to the Mayor's seat, Hansen had served for years as the city's Second Ward councilman before his appointment to mayor by the council.
The mayor serves a two-year term.
The Nov. 5 election now has a full slate of candidates for the open seats on the council, though no contested races at this point.
Incumbent Fourth Ward Councilmember Steve Mullan is seeking a third term, while Second Ward Councilmember Evelyn George, who was appointed to replace Hansen, is seeking her first full term in office. Lin Chape has filed to seek the open At-large council seat being vacated by Dennis Julius.
Individuals have until 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 to file nomination papers with the Newton City Clerk.