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Eau Claire City Council holds most contested election in 5 years


Eau Claire (WQOW) -- The start of a new year could bring new Eau Claire City Council members.

Tuesday was the deadline to file for candidacy and voters can expect a few new names on the ballot.

In District 1, which serves Eau Claire's north side, incumbent Tim Tewalt is running against Emily Berge. District 2 includes wards around Oakwood Mall, where Emily Anderson is challenging incumbent David Klinkhammer. District 3 covers neighborhoods near Putnam Heights and UW-Eau Claire. Those candidates are incumbent Kathy Mitchell and Jeremy Gragert. In District 4, Eau Claire's northwest side, incumbent Bob Von Haden will be up against Jill Christopherson. Andrew Werthmann will be running unopposed for District 5. There are two candidates for the At-Large seat: incumbent Terry Weld and Zachary Meives.

A few of the candidates spoke with News 18 about their goals for the city council's leadership Tuesday. Most of them hope for more public engagement.

"I really want to showcase the north side and really bring their issues to the decision making table as well, really just focus on their issues," said Emily Berge, candidate for District 1.

"I'm really hoping to promote citizen engagement, having citizens contact me and work with me to develop new, especially arts related initiatives, or other things to grow our community and make us even more of a cultural destination," said Emily Anderson, candidate for District 2.

"Seeing what other people want to do and their aspirations for the city, because we are a growing city. We have some challenges that we need to address and if we're not hearing what those are we can't address them," said Jeremy Gragert, candidate for District 3.

The election will be held April 3. The city said this is the most contested election in five years.

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