Citing health concerns, Carmen Scott withdraws from Des Moines council race


UPDATE 9 p.m. 5/20/13: Citing health issues, longtime councilmember Carmen Scott withdrew from the 2013 Des Moines City Council race on Monday (May 20) for re-election to Position #3.

Her exit leaves the seat to Victor L. Pennington II, who will now run unopposed.

“A few days ago, I experienced an unexpected medical condition,” Scott told The Waterland Blog. “The symptoms were brief and have not reoccurred. My family and I have agreed that it would be wiser to not take on another 4-year council term (actually they sort of insisted). The positive side of this, is that it spurred me to meet and become acquainted  with council candidate Vic Pennington. His skills and background  make him an excellent choice to represent the people of Des Moines. I do plan to continue on the council until my term ends in December. I do expect to continue with my other commitments to the community.”

In addition, Robert Bonds withdrew from running for Position #7, leaving Mayor Dave Kaplan unopposed as well.

Here’s the revised lineup of candidates:

  • Council Position No. 1: Matt Pina (incumbent)
  • Council Position No. 3: Carmen L. Scott (incumbent-WITHDRAWN). Victor L. Pennington II
  • Council Position No. 4 (unexpired 2-year term): Chuck Swesey, Jeremy Nutting (incumbent), James Payne
  • Council Position No. 5: Melissa Musser (incumbent)
  • Council Position No. 7: Robert BondsWITHDRAWN, Dave Kaplan (incumbent)
  • Municipal Court Judge: Veronica Galvan (incumbent), David Gehrke

The Primary election will be Aug. 6, and the General election will be Nov. 5.


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