Some city officials are hoping to eliminate the uncontested Hastings City Council election races that have become common in the last few years.
"I think in the last election we saw either people are apathetic or they're content with the people they have serving because nobody ran against any of the council members," City Administrator Joe Patterson said this morning.
In the fall 2012 general election, four of the city's eight City Council seats were up for election and no one ran against any of the four incumbent candidates.
Patterson said it can be disheartening when no one is taking the chance to step up and run.
That's why Patterson and Mayor Vern Powers approached state Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings about introducing a legislative bill that would allow for the city to consider having four ward representatives and four at-large representatives on the council, much like the representatives on the Hastings Board of Education. Currently in Hastings, each ward has two representatives and there are no at-large council members. Seiler introduced the change in LB299, which he has designated his priority bill.