MARION — In addition to voting for a proposed change to the city charter, Marion residents are to see the name David Nicholson on their November ballot.
Nicholson, an independent, is running unopposed for the Ward 4 City Council seat currently held by Randy Strnad.
Strnad, who was appointed to the position in December 2015, is planning to step down after serving one year of a term that ends in 2017.
Nicholson would fill the seat beginning in January, he said.
Nicholson, who works for Area Education Agency 267 in Cedar Falls, said he has served the Marion community in the past as a member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce and as business manager for the Linn-Mar School District.
Nicholson said he plans to use the abbreviated term on City Council to see if he might consider running for a council seat again in the future.
“This position came up for a year, and I said, ‘This is a good opportunity,’ ” Nicholson said.
He plans to focus his time on addressing residential growth in Marion over the past decade.
“I know Marion’s got a lot of growth and challenges that come with it,” Nicholson said. “A lot of (growth) is residential. I would love to see commercial growth increase and that would help balance that out and help taxes.”
Nicholson said he also wants to promote unity in the city.
“We love the community and want to see it prosper,” he said.
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Marion voters also are being asked on the November ballot to change the way they elect some City Council members.
As it stands now, four of the council members must come from within designated wards, but voters anywhere in the city may vote for or against them.
Voters are being asked to change the city’s charter so only voters within a particular ward could vote for the candidate running to represent that ward.
All residents would continue to vote for two at-large council members and the mayor who round out the seven-member City Council.