August 27, 2013

A race for an at-large Carroll City Council seat is likely to have at least three candidates. And the filing period for the November city elections just opened Monday.

Carroll Community School Board member Jerry Fleshner, 56, who is not seeking re-election to that post, said he plans to run at this point. Meanwhile, Van Meter sales representative Kyle Fesenmeyer, 25, took out nomination papers and says he's running for the seat being vacated by two-term at-large Councilman Jeff Scharfenkamp.

They join Amber Raak, 29, in the race for one of two council positions representing the full city. Raak, a staff assistant in the Carroll County Recorder's Office, moved to Carroll this summer from Ames after marrying Paul Raak, co-owner and manager of the Carroll Pizza Ranch and currently president of Carroll Rotary Club.

Fesenmeyer, a native of Clarksville, moved to Carroll about two years ago with his wife, Toshia, from Waterloo. The couple had driven through Carroll and liked the community and started searching The Daily Times Herald for jobs. Fesenmeyer, who holds an associate's degree in civil engineering from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, landed the Van Meter position. His wife, an Alta native, works for Edge 2.

Fesenmeyer said Monday night in an interview that he will run for the council.

"I would say it's a green light going ahead," Fesenmeyer said.

He has served on the Carroll Parks, Recreation and Cultural Advisory Board.

Fesenmeyer completed an internship one recent summer with the City of Cedar Falls in that municipality's engineering department.

Fleshner, a veteran Carroll pharmacist and businessman, said a council bid will be an extension of a half-century commitment to Carroll.

"I've been a lifelong resident of Carroll, and I have the best interests of the town in mind," Fleshner said.

The filing period for November city elections in Iowa closes on Sept. 19. Candidates can take out papers at city hall or online through the Iowa Secretary of State's Office -

Scharfenkamp and 3rd Ward (southwest Carroll) Councilman Mike Eifler have said they will not seek re-election. Mayor Adam Schweers and 1st Ward (northeast Carroll) Councilman Michael Kots are seeking re-election. The other Carroll elected officials' seats are not up until 2015.

No candidates have come forward publicly for the 3rd Ward seat.

The mayor's salary is $4,800 annually. Council members are paid $2,400 each year.