Bangs, Szabo seek seat Burrage vacated, Nutting wants new term, Beck alone
by Jack Mayne
Two candidates have filed for the position vacated when former Councilmember Jeanette Burrage resigned last month. The candidates are Luisa Bangs and Alexander Szabo.
Bangs had earlier told The Waterland Blog that she would campaign for both the short term completing Burrage’s term, and then for the full, four-year term.
“I have lived in Des Moines for 15 years and just celebrated my 30th anniversary working at Sea-Tac Airport for the Port of Seattle, in many leadership positions,” she told the Blog in April. “The past four years I served on the Des Moines Arts Commission, working to bring and sustain art and music to our city.
“I have decided to run for a seat on the council because I believe I can make a significant impact in our community. There is great potential in our community and I believe we need to keep the city moving forward supporting responsible economic development, strengthening public safety and improving our schools for future generations.”
Filing to oppose Bangs was Alexander Szabo, a member of the city’s Human Services Advisory Board.
Incumbent Councilmember Jeremy Nutting is seeking reelection to Council Position 4. No one filed to oppose him.
In the spot being vacated by 20-year incumbent Bob Sheckler, a candidate who has sought the position before, Robbie Back, has declared his candidacy.
Also on the ballot will be newly appointed Superior Court Judge Veronica A. Galvan, seeking to fill an unexpired one-year term. Galvan was for many years the district court judge in Des Moines.