— The ballot for North Mankato City Council is getting longer with six people so far filing for two open seats.
Kurt Richardson, 52, filed Tuesday. This is his first run for office.
Richardson, who lives on Orchid Drive, retired in May after working for Corporate Graphics for 31 years, the same amount of time he has lived in North Mankato.
He is married and is the father of two pre-teen children.
Other candidates who’ve so far filed are first-time candidates Peter Wachtel and Tom Rieff, incumbent Billy Steiner, former councilman Kenny DeWitte and former candidate Kim Spears.
Two council seats — Steiner’s and the one held by 20-year Councilman Bill Schindle, who’s not seeking re-election — are on the ballot and each carries a four-year term. Voters will be able to vote for up to two candidates with the top two vote-getters winning the seats.
The office of mayor is on the ballot every two years in North Mankato. Mayor Mark Dehen is seeking a second term, but no other candidates have stepped forward to challenge him.
The filing period is open until 5 p.m. today.