by Mike Knaak
Rick Schultz will be challenged by current City Council member Anne Buckvold in the contest for St. Joseph mayor.
Six people have filed for two City Council seats. Incumbents Troy Goracke and Bob Loso will be joined on the ballot by Kelly Beniek, Carmie Mick, Paul Orvis and Mike Osterman.
The mayor serves a two-year term and council members are elected four years.
“I love this place,” Schultz wrote in a statement. “I love being St. Joseph’s mayor. It is profoundly enjoyable and engaging, while at the same time, one of the most difficult and sometimes frustrating positions I have ever held. I have done my best to listen, engage and prioritize the needs and wants of our community.”
Buckvold was appointed to the council in May 2018 to fill a vacancy after Matt Killam resigned. She was elected to a full four-year term in November 2018, receiving the most votes in a three-way race for two seats.
Schultz was first elected mayor in 2010. He was re-elected in 2018 without opposition.