There will be a new mayor in Providence next year. Mayor Randy Simmons has stated that he does not plan to seek re-election for a second four-year term in office. Two people have filed to replace Simmons as Providence City’s next mayor, current councilman Ronald Liechty and Lance Campbell, a member of the Planning and Zoning committee. Nine people have filed for two seats on the Providence Municipal Council. They include current councilmember Kathy Baker who is seeking second four-year term and interim councilman Dale F. Astle, who filled the seat vacated by Trent Rasmussen who left Providence for a job in another state. Other candidates include Dee Barnes, Don W. Calderwood, Ralph Call, Jared Lex Jensen, Carrie Kirk, Kay Olsen and Wendy Robinson Simmons. Both Calderwood and Call have run for council seats in the past. Simmons is a former councilmember. As there are nine candidates for the city council, there will be a primary election on September 15th to narrow the field from nine to four. There will not be a primary for mayor. Candidates are elected at-large, meaning the top vote-getters are elected.
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