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November 20, 2018 Three make ballot for Riverside council
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Three candidates qualified for the ballot to replace Riverside City Councilperson Rob Weber, who vacated his seat when he moved from the city this summer.

A special election will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11, noon to 8 p.m.

Ralph Schnoebelen was the first to file to run for the seat, according to City Clerk Becky LaRoche.

Schnoebelen was appointed by the council in September to fill that seat.

Following the council’s decision to fill the seat by appointment, residents submitted a petition calling for a special election.

A second candidate joined the race when Edgar McGuire filed his papers for the election on Friday, Nov. 9, LaRoche said.

Amber Armbruster-Day, the third candidate, filed her papers late last week.

The petition requesting the special election was filed by Christine Kirkwood, Kevin Kiene and Kevin Mills. Mills was one of three people who applied to be appointed to the Weber’s vacant seat on the council.

Weber’s term ends in December 2019, so the election would be to fill the seat for just over a year.

The petition filed to request the election was signed by more than 80 people; only 31 were needed.

Schnoebelen, who was appointed to the council to fill Weber’s seat on Sept. 10, will continue to serve until the special election.

Schnoebelen was appointed on a 3-1 vote with Councilman Tom Sexton voting no. Sexton had made a motion to appoint Mills, but his motion failed to get a second.

Schnoebelen is a long-time former councilman and mayor, who was voted off the council in the November 2017 city election where newcomer Andy Rodgers was the top vote getter with 116 votes.

Tom Sexton was re-elected to his seat with 107 votes, and Schnoebelen fell three votes behind Sexton.

In September, LaRoche estimated the cost of the Dec. 11 special election would be about $2,000.

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