Decision time in Ely

City election to take place at Convention Center on June 2

 

A sign off to the side of Aultman Street urges city residents to vote. Similar signs for individual candidates can be found all over town. (Garrett Estrada photo)

A sign off to the side of Aultman Street urges city residents to vote. Similar signs for individual candidates can be found all over town. (Garrett Estrada photo)

After the radio shows, candidate forums, Facebook discussions and deluge of signage, the general election for the City of Ely will finally determine who will be sitting in the mayor’s chair and three out of the five city council chairs for the next several years.

The election, which is only open to city residents, will take place on June 2 with voting open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Bristlecone Convention Center.

On the ballot will be four races with two candidates each. Incumbent Mayor Melody Van Camp will face Central Theater owner Don Purinton for the office’s four year term. City Council seat 2 incumbent Marty Westland will face Kurt Carson, seat 3 incumbent Tammy Carlgren will go against Pat Robison and seat 4 will see Jolene Gardner and Mike O’Brien try to win Dale Derbidge’s seat on the council.

All eight candidates spoke at The Ely Times Candidate Forum as to why they should be elected. While each candidate had different plans for the city, the main issues remained the same: fix up the city’s roadways, fight the disincorporation of the City of Ely, bring more businesses into town and get things straightened out with the White Pine Historical Railroad Foundation and their management board.

Van Camp said that she feels the stakes are high for the election because “the railroad issue is coming full circle” and that she would like to see the incumbents have a chance to “see it through to the end.”

This Tuesday, city residents will ultimately get to decide if they agree with the council’s hard-nose information gathering that ultimately led to a “forensic examination.”

In-person absentee voting will remain open at City Hall until Friday, May 29 at 5 p.m. Only 678 votes were cast in the city’s primary election on April 7. According to the County Clerk’s office, there are currently 2,186 registered voters living in the city.

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